Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Five-day hiking tour

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 Landmannalaugar trail.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years old
  • Languages: English, Spanish, German, French
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : 06:50

Pick up from hotel or guesthouse at the beginning of the tour can be added for an extra fee of 5000 ISK. If you have arranged a pick up you will be picked up from your accommodation between 6:50 and 07:10 am. Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
Included:
  • Guide

  • Five days of food

  • Transport

  • Cooking gear

  • Luggage transfer

  • Mountain hut fees

  • Pick up from hotel/guesthouse (costs 5000 ISK extra)


What to bring:
  • Sleeping bag

  • Hiking Shoes

  • Shoes for crossing rivers (sturdy sandals or spare trainers)


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 7:15 am. Pick up from hotel or guesthouse at the beginning of the tour can be added for an extra fee.



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