Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek | 6-Day Hiking & Mountain Huts

Landmannalaugar is one of the most breathtaking areas of the Highlands of Iceland.
Hiking through Fimmvörðuháls really provides you with an example of the incredible beauty of the Icelandic Highlands.
The Laugavegur is a gorgeous hiking trail through part of the Highlands of Iceland.
You'll be staying in old traditional hunting huts during your trek through the Icelandic Highlands.
Glacier rivers, gorges and lava are but some of the natural wonders that dot the Highlands of Iceland.
Þórsmörk boasts an otherworldly scenery as if from another planet although you haven't left this one, you've just gone to Iceland.

Discover the highlights of Landmannalaugar with this thrilling 6-day hiking tour experiencing the gorgeous Icelandic Central Highlands. This tour is the perfect choice for experienced and beginner hikers alike looking to explore Iceland's nature to the maximum, as well as those travellers hoping to experience a side of Iceland less visited. 

The Laugavegur trail is, without doubt, one of the most spectacular hiking trails in the world, and certainly the most famous trail in Iceland. The trek begins at "the Pools of the People", Landmannalaugar, named after the numerous geothermal pools that dot the landscape. Both Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls were voted among the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic—Fimmvörðuháls Pass is a route directly between the glistening glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. 

After being picked up from the meeting point in Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, you will be driven along the gorgeous South Coast before taking a turn into the Central Highlands. Here, you will start trekking at Landmannalaugar, making your way through the colourful, kaleidoscopic hillsides that make this area so famous. 

The famous hiking trail ends in the lush geothermal valley of Þórsmörk, nestled at the base of the infamous glacier, Eyjafjallajökull (famed for the 2010 eruption that shut down air traffic over mainland Europe). From Þórsmörk, you will hike towards Fimmvörduháls Pass to visit the volcanic craters, Magni and Móði. Enroute, there are a great number of glaciers, mountains and green valleys to pass through and appreciate. 

Throughout the duration of this tour, you will be staying in mountain huts at designated campsites with meals provided. There is also transportation available to move luggage from campsite to campsite.

Don't miss your chance to experience the thrills of the Icelandic Central High. Hurry now and you too can discover the incredible Laugavegur hiking with this fantastic 6-Day hiking tour. Check availability by choosing a date. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 15 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Fimmvörðuháls, Álftavatn, 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.
Included:
  • Transport to/from our meeting points

  • Guiding Service

  • Accommodation

  • Meals

  • Luggage transport from hut to hut

  • Showers (500 kr)


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

  • HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED

  • 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


Good to know:

Outside of Reykjavik we offer these pick-up places en-route to Landmannalaugar 8:35 from Hveragerði * N1 gas station 8:50 from Selfoss N1 gas station 9:30 from Hella- Bus Terminal * Stop only if passengers



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker 


The kaleidoscopic hillsides of the Icelandic Central Highlands have made the area famous worldwide.


Your first day of this tour starts with a pickup from the Town Hall (Ráðhúsið), found on Vonarstræti in downtown Reykjavik, at 7 am. Thankfully, this meeting point is within an easy walking distance from the vast majority of hotels and guesthouses downtown. 

The first stretch of the trip is along the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. From your comfortable seat on the bus, you will enjoy mountains, waterfalls and cliff faces on your left, and the rolling waves of the Atlantic on your right. 

Once you have turned away from the coast and begun heading inward, you will pass directly by one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, Hekla. Fear not, there's very little chance of it erupting with warning! 

Once you have arrived at the beginning of the trail in Landmannalaugar, you will be immediately overcome by the gorgeousness of your surroundings. The entire region is decorated with deep red, blue and purple hillsides. These famed rhyolite mountains here defy belief, creating a fantastic, psychedelic landscape for passing hikers.  

Another stop enroute is the beautiful hot spring Stórihver. You will spend some time here marvelling over this geothermal wonder before crossing into the obsidian desert next to Hrafntinnusker. This is where you will spend the night in a cosy mountain hut. 

Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m.


Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Alftavatn 


The Central Highlands of Iceland are only accessible during the summertime.


First thing in the morning, you will tuck into an early, communal breakfast before trekking toward the gorgeous Jökultungur area. This region is known for its vibrant red and yellow gullies, one of the results of this destination's geothermal activity. Before reaching this spot, however, you will trek along the dark, palagonite Reykjafjöll mountains.

From this magnificent mountainscape, you will be lucky enough to experience incredible views over the nearby glaciers and, if conditions are suitable, you will even have the opportunity to hike Mt. Haskerdingur, bettering the vista even more.

Further along the trail, you will notice the landscape around you becoming more luscious. From atop Jökultungur, you will be privy to views over the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and Lake Álftavatn. You will be staying in a mountain hut at Lake Álftavatn overnight.

Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Descent: 490 m 


Day 3 - Alftavatn Lake - Emstrur


Mountain huts provide a greater level of comfort and shelter than 2-3 person tents.


Day 3 begins with a stream crossing toward the lush green volcano, Stórasúla, before you reach the dramatic black desert of Mælifellssandur. Before arriving, you will catch a glimpse of Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top, as well as achieve a great vantage point over the surrounding landscape, including over Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers.  

Finally, you will begin to walk through  Mælifellssandur, marvelling at the open expanse of jet black sand. You will reach Emstrur where, once again, you will be privy to incredible natural views.

Before reaching the mountain hut in Botnar, you will make a detour to visit Markarfljótsgljúfur, a fantastic 200 m deep canyon that carved out by an ancient glacial river. This is just one more fantastic spot for aspiring nature and landscape photographers. You will be spending the night at Botnar. 

Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 40 m.


Day 4 - Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley


Staying in the Central Highlands, you will be privy to some truly incredible surrounding landscapes.


The 4th day of your hiking adventure sees you put Emstrur behind you as you continue along the rugged slopes and trails of the Central Highlands. Today, you have but one destination in mind; the gorgeous geothermal valley, Þórsmörk. 

Along the way, there are a number of fantastic sights, sounds and attractions to keep your attention. For example, this route will take you extremely close to the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier, providing an intimate view of the ice cap. Descending Almenningar, you will take note of the ever-growing abundance of trees, a clear sign that the coast is getting closer.

You will also be trekking under the distinguished and picturesque mountain, Einhyrningur, as well as into the birch woodlands that make Þórsmörk so famous. 

Þórsmörkis directly beneath the glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, making it one of the most spectacular places to stay overnight on the planet.

Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985 ').


Day 5 - Fimmvorduhals Pass


An aerial view over Landmannalaugar in the Central Highlands of Iceland.


Leaving Þórsmörk early in the morning, you will head out directly between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, marking one of the most dramatic legs of your trip. This area is known as Fimmvörðuháls Pass and is regarded as one of the better hiking trails in the world.

First thing on the day, you will visit two newly formed volcanic calderas, Magni and Móði. These formed in 2010 after violent eruptions in the area and named after the sons of the  God of Thunder, Thor ( Þórsmörk, is, of course, named after the God himself). 

Whilst at the craters, you will be gain a fascinating insight into the elemental forces that sculpted Iceland's geological formation. For example, you will pass by a "waterfall" formed from the lava of a previous eruption, creating a beautiful, all natural rock sculpture.

The final night of your tour will be spent in Þórsmörk where you will enjoy a fantastic leaving party, as well as some traditional Icelandic grilled lamb for dinner. This is the perfect opportunity to share stories of your adventures over the last five days. 

Distance: 16 km (10 mi). Walking time: 7-8 hrs. Ascent: 800 m.


Day 6 - Thorsmork Valley to Reykjavik


Þórsmörk valley is named after the Norse God of Thunder, Thor.


It is the final day, and the tour would not be complete without an initial breakfast. Even though you will be returning to the capital today, there are still some truly amazing surroundings in which to explore. 

For example, the infamous volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull, that surround the Þórsmörk valley have, for thousands of years, carved the region's sandstone into surreal rock sculptures, one of the more unique sights available in Iceland. You will also hike the mountain Útigönguhöfði for incredible final views over the valley. 

You will return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30 and will be offered drop off at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavik Campsite or Reykjavik City Center (Aðalstræti 2).

Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi). Walking time: 3 hrs.


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