The Famous Laugavegur Trek | 3 Day Hiking Tour (Volcano Huts)

The Famous Laugavegur Trek | 3 Day Hiking Tour (Volcano Huts)
The Laugavegur trek is filled with photographic potential.
Laugavegur should never be confused with the downtown shopping street, Laugavegur, in Reykjavik.
You will pass by numerous mountain backdrops, rivers, lush valleys and volcanic plateaus.
Landmannalaugar is at the northern edge of the Laugavegur Trek.
Laugavegur's total length is 55 kilometres (34 miles).
You will see a great diversity of landscape during your hike on Laugavegur.

Join us on this fantastic 3 day tour trekking on the world famous Laugavegur hiking trail from Landmannalaugar to the picturesque valley of Þórsmörk.

This is the perfect choice for passionate hikers and nature enthusiasts looking to tick this incredible hiking route off their bucket lists.

Note that this tour is demanding so therefore we must have a minimum age of 14 years old and a good level of fitness. Participants must be able to hike along uneven ground for 15 km.

We depart early in the morning from our base Gljúfrabúi by road 249 which is right next to Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

We head on a lovely drive to the beautifully coloured hillsides of Landmannalaugar and from there follow three days of rewarding yet challenging and unforgettable hiking. An experience made all the better due to the company of your experienced and knowledgeable trekking guide.

Our guides are locals with years of experience and an endless passion for the Icelandic nature. They posses infinite knowledge of the area and provide you with their enlightening stories of Icelandic history, folklore and mythology.

All along the journey , you will be surrounded by a plethora of staggering scenery, from cascading waterfalls and lush geothermal valleys to the creeping blue outlet glaciers. Quite frankly, this is a landscape that will stay with you long after you leave.

During the three days, you will observe such attractions as Lake Álftavatn, the jet-black obsidian desert, Hrafntinnusker, mountains such as Stórasúla and Hattfell, and even the gorgeous region of Þórsmörk, named after Thor, the Norse God of Thunder himself.

The overnight accommodation during the tour are included in the price and booked by us.

Hurry now and you too can partake in this exciting 3 day excursion exploring the majestic landscapes of the Icelandic central highlands!

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Aug.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Álftavatn, Laugavegur Hiking Trail
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 07:45.

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
Southcoast Adventure, Gljúfrabúi Waterfall, Road 249, South Iceland 861
  • Transport

  • Guided service

  • 1 free shower in Álftavatn

  • 1 free shower in Emstrur

  • All meals*

  • Hut accommodation

  • Luggage transport from hut to hut

What to bring:
  • Please check our equipment list in FAQ´s at

Good to know:

1. Pick up/drop off, Hvolsvöllur/Hella area = 2.500 ISK pp each way (Pick up can start up to 30 minutes prior to tour departure*)

2. Pick up/drop off, Selfoss/Vík area = 5.000 ISK pp each way (Pick up can start 1 hour prior to tour departure*)

3. Pick up/drop off, Reykjavík = 10.000 ISK pp each way (Pick up starts up to 2 hours prior to tour departure*)

*Please note that it can take us up to 30 minutes to arrive to your location.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Gljufrabui base – Landmannalaugar – Alftavatn

The Famous Laugavegur Trek begins amid the kaleidoscopic hillsides of Landmannalaugar ('The Pools of the People').

It's Day 1 of your grand hiking adventure; you will be starting early from the base besides Gljúfrabúi waterfall, from where you will head straight towards the kaleidoscopic hillsides of Landmannalaugar, world famous for its incredible hiking routes.

As soon as you arrive, you will strap on a backpack, tie the laches of your hiking boots and head out immediately through the geothermal landscapes of Landmannalaugar, aiming for the day's final destination, Lake Álftavatn.

On the way, you'll be sure to pass the obsidian desert, Hrafntinnusker, as well as Mt. Reykjaföll and the picturesque Jökultungur area. You will be spending the night at accommodation beside Lake Álftavatn.

Day 2 - Alftavatn - Emstur

The Icelandic Central Highlands are known for their gorgeous and dramatic scenery.

On your second day, you will leave the overnight hut after a decent breakfast and a worthy night’s rest. After all, there's still so much left to be discovered!

You will continue on the Laugavegur trail, heading towards Emstrur. This part of the trail is "easier" than the day before, taking you directly through black sand deserts and in the shadow of fantastic mountains such as Stórasúla and Hattfell. You will then reach the hut in Emstrur (Botnar) where the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull lie extended before you.

When dinner is finished, there is an optional evening hike towards the magnificent 200-meter high canyon, Markarfljótsgljúfur. That's an evening hike that you don't want to miss!

Day 3 - Emstrur – Þorsmork – Seljalandsfoss / Gljufrabui base

Along the Laugavegur Trek, you will witness waterfalls, mountains, glaciers and geothermal valleys.

It is your third and final day on the epic Laugavegur trek and, by now, you'll have a good idea of just how amazing the Icelandic Central Highlands really are. In the morning, you will leave Emstrur and continue on your way to the geothermal valley of Þórsmörk. Throughout this journey, you will be walking alongside the glittering natural jewel, Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

As you descend into the valley, you'll begin to note changes in the landscape. For example, the abundance of trees at Þórsmörk begins to overwhelm the scenery and is a sure sign that you've trekked your way close to the coastline. 

With the Laugavegur trail now behind you, it is now easy to sit back and bask in the beautiful oasis that is Þórsmörk. Throughout your time here, you will have the mighty, infamous Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano looming overhead.

From Þórsmörk, you'll head back towards Gljúfrabúi base, but there is still one more stop, the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the jewels of the South Coast. 

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