Laugavegur Trek | 4-Day Hiking & Mountain Huts Tour

Landmannalaugar is actually part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, which are located in the Highlands of Iceland.
Follow roads paved by roaming sheep and small bridges built by farmers when traversing through the rugged terrain of the Icelandic Highlands.
Sheep roam grazing in the Highlands of Iceland during the summer season.
Fimmvörðuháls in the Icelandic Highlands nests between the glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull.
The mountain Bláhnúkur in the Highlands of Iceland is named after its blue coloured peak.
There are many natural hot springs to be found at Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic Highlands.

Experience the delights of the Central Highlands of Iceland with the fantastic trekking tour along the world famous Laugavegur trail. This is a brilliant opportunity for passionate hikers looking to better discover the Icelandic nature, as well as though travellers to expand their time in Iceland beyond single tours.

By booking this tour, you secure yourself a place discovering the many colourful and unique regions of the Icelandic Central Highlands. The Laugavegur trail, together with the Fimmvörðuhals Pass, was chosen as among the "20 Best Hikes in the world" by National Geographic. 

Aside from the famous trails, Landmannalaugar ("The Pools of the People"), the Reykjafjöll Mountains, Fjallabak nature reserve and the geothermal valley of Þórsmörk all are waiting to be explored by the intrepid trekker!

Aside from mountains, valleys and sweeping panoramas, you will also have an up-close view of the mighty glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjökull, as well as Lake Álftavatn, the black sand desert of Mælifellssandur and even Markarfljótsgljúfur, an ancient 200 m deep canyon.

Throughout the duration of this tour, you will have meals provided and will be staying in mountain huts at different campsites each night. There will also be a knowledgeable and experienced guide to take you step by step along the route, providing fascinating information as they do. 

So don't delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can experience the wonders of the Icelandic Central Highlands with this fantastic 4-Day trekking tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 15 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Fimmvörðuháls, Laugavegur hiking trail
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:00

Pick up at our meeting points is included in the price. Meeting points and times are the following: 7:00 a.m. - Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti; 7:00 a.m. - Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut; 7:15 a.m. - Hallgrímskirkja Church; 7:30 a.m. - Reykjavik Campsite. *Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
  • Transport to/from our meeting points

  • Guiding Service

  • Accommodation in mountain huts

  • Meals

  • Luggage transport from hut to hut

  • Showers (500 ISK)

What to bring:
  • Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof 

  • Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)

  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer

  • Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)

  • Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)

  • Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)

  • Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)

  • Warm hat and/or balaclava


  • Day backpack about 25-40 L 

  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)

  • River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes

  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow

  • Towel

  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries

  • Sunglasses/sunscreen

  • 1-2 L Water bottle

  • Hiking poles

  • Gaiters

  • Pen knife

  • Camera, batteries & memory card

  • Book

  • Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)

  • Earplugs

  • Power bank

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker 

The landscapes of the Icelandic Central Highlands is as unique as its dramatic.

The tour starts at the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti at 7.00. Vonarstræti is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavík.

The drive to Landmannalaugar takes about 3-4 hours; you will be driven along the beautiful South Coast, one of the most picturesque regions of the country, before turning inland to pass Iceland's most active volcano, Hekla. Fear not—there will be plenty of warning in the rare event she decides to blow!

Your hike starts in the beautiful, colourful highlands of Landmannalaugar. As you walk through this geothermal wonderland, guests can expect to witness unbelievably vibrant rhyolite mountains and steaming hot springs. You will likely have the chance try bathing in one of these pools during your trip. 

You will also be walking by the beautiful hot spring, Stórihver, before crossing into the black, obsidian desert found right beside Hrafntinnusker. You will spend the night here in a hut, one of the most remote spots in Iceland.

Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Lake Alftavatn

Hiking in the Icelandic Central Highlands is sure to provide many staggering panoramic views.

After a delicious communal breakfast in the warmth of the hut, you will be heading out again to walk along the steep and dramatic trails of Reykjafjöll mountains, all before descending into the gorgeous Jökultungur region.

The geothermal activity has turned these gullies into vibrant shades of yellow, red and brown. From the top of Jökultungur, you will privy to a great view across the gorgeous Fjallabak Nature Reserve, as well as of lake Álftavatn.

After appreciating this incredible vista, you will descend to Jökultungur to your campsite by the lakeside. 

Day 3 - Lake Alftavatn- Emstrur

You will provided with the vast majority of hiking gear needed to trek these incredible Highland trails.

You will start the day, once again, with a hearty and energy-fuelled breakfast before taking a refreshing stream crossing on your way to the black desert of Mælifellssandur. First, however, you will pass the green volcano Stórasúla, and the instantly recognisable mountain, Hattafell.

Once you have fully appreciated the beauty enroute, you will walk through the black glacial desert, Mælifellssandur, and into Emstrur, where you will be privy to spectacular views of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, two enormous icecaps that appear to tower over the Central Highlands.  

Before you arrive at your accommodation at Botnar, you will turn off down a smaller path to look at the dramatic 200 m deep canyon, Markarfljótsgljúfur. This incredible canyon was carved out by the ancient glacial river Markarfljót, after a violent eruption in the surrounding area.

You will spend the night in the hut in this little green oasis, getting some much needed rest before your final day of the tour. 

Day 4 - Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley - Reykavik

Mountain huts in Iceland provide a level of comfort that camping in a tent just can't provide.

It's your final day of the tour, but there is still much excitement to be had. You will be leaving Emstrur behind, continuing on your way to Þórmörk geothermal valley through dramatic canyons, lush hillsides and forested paths.  The trail will also take you within only a few kilometres of the glittering Mýrdalsjökull glacier, providing fantastic views of the ice cap.

As you descend towards Almenningar, you will notice that trees are growing in the area, a sign you are getting closer to the coast with every step. After walking in the shadow of the characteristically scenic mountain Einhyrningur, you will descend further into the dense birch woodlands so typical of  Thorsmork.

You will be returning to your accommodation in Iceland's capital city, Reykjavík, in the evening around 22:00. You will be offered drop off at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavik Campsite or Reykjavik City Center (Aðalstræti 2).

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Cancellation policy:
You can cancel your day trip with out further costs with one weeks notice. You can cancel your multi day adventure or trek with out further costs with two weeks notice. Depending on your trip you may be able to get partly refunded for your trip down to 48 hours before your trip. But less then 48 hours before your trip no refunds are made. If you are booking a group then the final number of participants given 48 hours before the trip is undertaken is the number of participants you will have to pay for and hence no refunds are made for cancellations made less then 48 hours before a trip. 

Guide to Iceland cancellation policy:

Guide to Iceland charges a flat fee of 5000 ISK of each customer for online cancellations. 

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