Scenic 5 Day Hiking Tour from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork with Transfer from Reykjavik

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Tour starts
Starting time
at 06:30
5 days
Ending place
June - Sept.
Minimum age
14 years old


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.

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Experienced and qualified guide
Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
Transport at the beginnig and end of trek
Breakfast (4), Lunch (5), Dinner (4)
Transfer of luggae


Hot Spring Bathing

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Landmannalaugar boasts beautiful, untouched nature, and many rhyolite mountains to admire it from.

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.

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Day 2
River systems wind across black sand deserts in the Icelandic Highlands.

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.

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Day 3
The Laugarvegur Trek is conducted beneath the midnight sun, thus the landscapes will be basked in sun.

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.

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Day 4
Green, mossy hills surround a black desert in the Icelandic Highlands.

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.

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Day 5
The trail from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk will take you past many incredible crater lakes in the highland region.

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.

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What to bring

Sturdy hiking boots - waterproof with good ankle support
Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) - wool or synthetic
T-shirt (thermal underwear) - Wool or synthetic
Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer)
Trousers - Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell
Jacket with a good hood - windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable
Rain trousers - windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full rain gear is mandatory in Iceland, poncho is not useful because of wind
Gloves - Wool or synthetic 2 pairs of different thickness
Socks - Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs
Warm hat - Wool or synthetic
Swimwear if you want to bathe in the hot geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar
A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
Day backpack for extra clothes and lunch pack during the day. 25-40L (1500-2500 cu in)
River shoes - Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job.
Power-bank/extra battery for your electronics - small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland so a pre charged power bank is a better option. Charging your electronics in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Having converters adapters for 220V and/or USB will help
Towel - light weight and packable
Sunglasses and sun protection
Water container - thermos flask, water bottle 0,5-1L or camelbak
Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut
Change of clothes for wearing in the hut
Personal first aid kit - including blister care
Prescription medication and other personal health items
Toiletries; toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
Walking pole(s)
Gaiters (recommended for departures in June and early July)
Neoprene socks - highly recommended for river crossings
Pocket knife
Sun/rain hat or a cap.
Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
Slippers for indoor use
Pillow or pillow case (to wrap around your warm sweater or down jacket for a pillow)
Aperitif or other heart-qarming spirits
Playing cards and travel games
Cash - for the showers

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.

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