Scenic 5 Day Hiking Tour from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork with Transfer from Reykjavik
Immerse yourself in the Highland regions of Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk on this incredible five-day hiking tour. This trip is perfect for avid hikers who seek to bask in Iceland’s most beautiful places, and who wish to walk the world-famous Laugavegur Trail.
This route through the highlands is one of the most popular in the country, due to the incredible nature it will expose you to. Glaciers, waterfalls, forests, lava fields, rivers, mountains and hot springs you can bathe in are all features of Laugavegur, undoubtedly making it one of the best trails in the world.
For the four nights you will be hiking, you will stay in comfortable mountain huts. You'll be led throughout by knowledgeable, attentive guides, and your luggage will be taken from hut to hut so you only need to carry a day-pack.
This tour could not be more exciting, adventurous, or convenient; if you have a passion for hiking, this is an opportunity that cannot be missed. Strap on your boots and come walking along Iceland’s most incredible trail. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Landmannalaugar
Your tour starts at BSI Bus Terminal where your group will gather, before taking a public bus to Landmannalaugar. This journey will give you a taste of what is ahead, as you wind past mountains and volcanoes, most notably one of Iceland’s most explosive peaks, Hekla. You will reach Landmannalaugar at noon, have lunch, then start your hike.
The journey on your first day will be nothing short of spectacular. Landmannalaugar has many geothermal areas amongst its yellow, rhyolite mountains, forming an awe-inspiring landscape that is a pleasure to walk through. By late afternoon, you will reach the first of the mountain huts in which you will be staying, and there you can unwind in preparation for tomorrow’s hike.
Day 2 - Swan Lake and Glacier Views
The second day will take you to another fascinating geothermal area known as Jökultungur, where you can admire seething mud pools and steaming vents. You will have a beautiful view over Álftavatn, or 'Swan Lake', and the magnificent glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. You will hike in their direction before resting in another cabin.
Day 3 - Black Sand Deserts
You will come across two verdant volcanoes on the third day: the cone-shaped Stórasúla and the ancient Hattfell. Between these is a haunting stretch of black desert, called Mælifellssandur, which takes you to another world as you traverse across it. Before turning in for the night, you will head to the river Markarfljót and see where it takes a dramatic plunge into a deep canyon.
Day 4 - Emstrur
The fourth day brings you within a few hundred metres of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier as you hike through the gullies of the Emstrur area. As you travel, the vegetation will get denser and denser, indicating you are approaching the famed region of Þórsmörk valley.
Day 5 - Þórsmörk
You will have a better chance to explore Þórsmörk valley on the fifth day. The valley is in the shadow of three great glaciers and is thick with birch forests and wildflowers. It is interrupted by numerous streams and hiking trails.
One of these trails leads to Sönghellir cave, known as the song cave because of its unique echoing quality, and the other to the peak of Valahnúkur, where you can see moss covered cliffs, rivers, glaciers and volcanoes. You will enjoy one of these paths, before heading to the bus and returning to Reykjavík.
What to bring
Good to know
This tour requires you to cross rivers, so ensure you bring appropriate footwear, with good grip, to do this. It is advised to bring sturdy sandals or old trainers for this.
The tour starts and ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík (BSÍ), meeting time is at 6:30 am.