Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Five-day hiking tour

Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Five-day hiking tour
Landmannalaugar is a great place for both camping and hot spring bathing in the Highlands in summer.
Geothermal waters rise right in them middle of the beautiful nature at Landmannalaugar.
Brightly coloured crater lakes, in spite of being otherworldly, are found across much of the Icelandic Highlands.
Landmannalaugar's mountains are rhyolite, meaning they contain shocking splashes of colour.
The elevation of the highlands means that you will see a lot of snow on the Laugarvegur Trek even in summer.
The adventurous Laugarvegur trek through the Highlands requires hikers to cross rivers.

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 do not need to lug it around.

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.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English, Spanish, German, French
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Highlands, Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Laugavegur hiking trail
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:15

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.

  • 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.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar boasts beautiful, untouched nature, and many rhyolite mountains to admire it from.

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

River systems wind across black sand deserts in the Icelandic Highlands.

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

The Laugarvegur Trek is conducted beneath the midnight sun, thus the landscapes will be basked in sun.

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

Green, mossy hills surround a black desert in the Icelandic Highlands.

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

The trail from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk will take you past many incredible crater lakes in the highland region.

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.

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