Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals | 6-Day Hiking & Camping Tour

Laugavegur is known for its length and for its diversity of landscape.
Fimmvörðuháls is considered one of Iceland's best hiking areas.
Visitors enjoying the view over Fimmvörðuháls.
Fimmvörðuháls is known for its wide variety of terrain, sights and natural attractions.
An aerial view over the beautiful central highlands of Iceland.
The Highlands are known as Iceland's number 1 hiking spot.

Experience the dramatic twists and turns of the world famous Laugavegur hiking trail with this exciting 6-day trekking tour exploring the Icelandic Central Highlands. This tour is the optimum choice for passionate hikers looking to experience Iceland's nature to its fullest, as well as those looking to take their holiday to the next level. 

The Laugavegur trail is the most famous hiking trail in Iceland, beginning in "the pools of the people", Landmannalaugar, named as such after the hot geothermal pools that dot the areas. Both Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls (a route between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull) were voted among the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic Magazine.

After being picked up from Reykjavik, driven down along the South Coast and then up into the highlands, you will start hiking at the trail's beginning at Landmannalaugar. En route, you will view fields of obsidian, kaleidoscopic rhyolite mountains, black sand deserts and sparkling white glaciers. Not bad for the first couple of days. 

The Laugavegur trail ends in Þórsmörk, a green valley nestled at the foot of the famous glacier, Eyjafjallajökull. From Þórsmörk, you will hike towards Fimmvörduháls, home to the craters, Magni and Móði,  named after the sons of Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. There are also countless glaciers, mountainscapes and luscious valleys to catch your eye along the way.

This is a camping tour, meaning you will have prime opportunity to immerse yourself in the Icelandic nature, staying in 2-3 person tents with delicious meals provided. There's even transportation sorted for our luggage between the campsites! What more could you ask for?

Don't delay any longer! Book this incredible Laugavegur hiking tour now and you too can experience the majesty of the Icelandic Highlands. Check availability by choosing a date. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing
  • 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 is at the Tourist Information Center in the Town Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti at 7:00 am. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and close to centrally located accommodations.
Included:
  • Transportation to/from our meeting points

  • Guiding Service

  • Accommodation in tents (2-3 persons)

  • Insulation mattress

  • Meals

  • Luggage transport between campsites


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

  • 1-2 L Water bottle

  • Sunglasses/sunscreen

  • Hiking poles (optional but recommended)

  • Gaiters (optional but recommended)

  • Pen knife

  • Camera, batteries & memory card

  • Book, playing cards, etc. for evenings

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

  • Earplugs

  • Power bank


Good to know:

Cancellation Policy of Multi-day tours

Cancellations with more than 28 days’ notice before trip departure:

You will be refunded 90% of the total tour price. 10% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of booking and preparing your tour.

Cancellations with less than 28 days’ notice before trip departure:

You will be refunded 50% of your total tour price. 50% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of cancelling any arrangements made for your tour.

Cancellations with less than 48-hours’ notice before trip departure:

No refund will be given if tours are cancelled with less than 48 hours’ notice, as Arctic Adventures will be charged for all costs such as guides, transport etc.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker 


Day 1 of your adventure will take you to the colourful hillsides of Landmannalaugar.


Day One begins with a pickup from Reykjavik Town Hall (Ráðhúsið), found on Vonarstræti, at 7 am—this is within an easy walking distance from most hotels and guesthouses downtown. 

From there, you will be taken by bus along the picturesque South Coast, enjoying mountains and waterfalls to your left, and the open blue expanse of the Atlantic to your right. 

After turning inland, you will pass by one of Iceland's most famous volcanoes, Hekla, before arriving at the beginning of the beloved Laugavegur hiking trail in Landmannalagar. 

Almost immediately, you will see why this region is so adored; the deep reds, blues, purples and pinks that make up the face of the rhyolite mountains here truly defy belief, creating a beautiful, psychedelic vista for passing hiking. 

From this landscape, steam vents rise from the numerous hot springs dotted around—you will almost certainly have a chance to try bathing in one during the trip.  You will also pass by the beautiful hot spring Stórihver, and cross into the obsidian desert beside Hrafntinnusker. This is where you will set up camp for the night.  

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


Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Alftavatn 


You will have incredible panoramic views from your perch at Hrafntinnusker.


After enjoying an early, communal breakfast in the warm light of an Icelandic summer morning, you will begin trekking toward the Jökultungur area, known for its vibrant red and yellow gullies, a result of the area's geothermal underbelly. Before reaching there, you will walk along the dramatic and picturesque Reykjafjöll mountains.

From these dark, palagonite features, you will be privy to breathtaking views of the glacier and, if visibility is high, you might even be taken on a hike up Mt. Haskerdingur, bettering the panorama even further.

Venturing further along the route, you notice as the landscape becomes more green and lush. From the top of Jökultungur, there is a great view over both the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and Lake Álftavatn, our next overnight stop. 

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


Day 3 - Alftavatn Lake - Emstrur


Camping in the Icelandic wilderness is one of the most authentic ways of experiencing this country's nature.


You will start the day with a refreshing stream crossing as you make your way past the famed green volcano, Stórasúla, and into the black desert of Mælifellssandur. 

On the way, we will see Hattafell, a particularly picturesque volcano, distinguishable by its strange flat top. After appreciating and photographing the nature here, you will walk through the black glacial desert, Mælifellssandur, and into Emstrur. Here, there is another chance to enjoy the views over Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. 

Just before reaching the campsite in Botnar, you will turn off the trail to visit Markarfljótsgljúfur, an almost 200 m deep canyon, carved out by the glacial river, Markarfljót, many thousands of years ago. 

Finally, after another day of intensive hiking, you will reach respite, your campsite for the evening. The campsite in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcome sight after walking through the black sands of Mælifellssandur. 

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


Day 4 - Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley


Þórsmörk is a lush valley positioned between two glaciers.


It's your fourth day of this hiking adventure and its time to put Emstrur behind you. Today, you and your group will continue along the rugged canyons, slopes and trails of the Central Highlands with only one destination in mind; Þórsmörk. 

There are, of course, many things to see along the way. For instance, the trail will take you within a few kilometres from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Descending the slopes of Almenningar, you will spot a few trees, a sign that you are getting closer to the coast. 

On the way, you will also walk under the distinguished mountain, Einhyrningur, and into the dense birch forests of Þórsmörk, a rare treat in the otherwise tree-less Iceland.  

Þórsmörk itself is a green valley, nesting just under the mighty glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It is, truly, one of the most magnificent places to spend the night in the entire world.

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


Day 5 - Fimmvorduhals Pass


The glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull overlook the Central Highlands of Iceland.


Today, you will be leaving Þórsmörk early in the morning, heading for the mountain trail between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, known as Fimmvörðuháls Pass. 

First things first, you will walk up to two newly formed volcanic calderas, Magni and Móði, which first came into being in 2010. These craters are named after the sons of the Norse God of Thunder, Thor (the valley, Þórsmörk, is, of course, named after the man himself). 

Whilst here, you will be provided with real insight into the elemental forces that went into Iceland's geological formation—you will even pass by a "waterfall" formed from the dried lava of a previous eruption.

You will spend the night in Þórsmörk and have a fantastic leaving party, enjoying traditional Icelandic grilled lamb for dinner as you share stories of your adventures over the last few days. 

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


Day 6 - Thorsmork Valley to Reykjavik


Þórsmörk valley is known as one of the most lush areas in Iceland.


On your final day, you will first enjoy a delicious breakfast, the perfect thing to get your engines running before going out to explore some truly amazing surroundings. 

The volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull surround the Þórsmörk valley. For thousands of years, these volcanoes—and the glacial ice caps that cover them—have carved the sandstone in Þórsmörk into surreal rock sculptures. These are found dotted among the moss and Arctic birch trees, creating one of the more unique vistas on earth.  

Before heading back to the city, you will hike up the mountain Útigönguhöfði for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish to can miss the hike, instead opting to enjoy and relax in the nature of this beautiful place. 

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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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. 


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

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