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Guided 5 Day Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail with Camping in Mountain Hunts

Incredible views on the Laugavegur hiking trail
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Duration
5 days
Languages
English, Icelandic
Difficulty
Easy
Available
All year
Minimum age
12 years old

The Laugavegur hiking trail, which lies between the geological paradise of Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk nature reserve, has been hailed as one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the world. It is in total about 54 km long, very well marked, and traditionally takes 3 or 4 days to finish. The trail takes you through an exceptionally varied landscape, starting with the multicolored rhyolite mountains, hot springs and expansive lava fields of Landmannalaugar, and then ending in Þórsmörk – an oasis of natural green birch woods in midst of three glaciers, Tindfjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. On the way are black sandy deserts, white snowy areas, multiple hot springs, lakes as smooth as mirror glass, mountains in all shapes and different colours, and several unbridged rivers which the hikers need to wade by foot.

As the roads to both Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk are F-marked, meaning they are quite difficult mountain roads only for well equipped 4x4 cars, they are not open all year round. The Icelandic Road Authority decides when they can be opened, which they usually both are between mid-June and mid-September. Traditionally the Laugavegur trail is only used during this short period of each year, since at other times the trail is both inaccessible and very challenging.

Those hikers who are on their own can either stay in mountain huts, which tend to get fully booked very quickly, or on camping grounds. And they usually need to carry on their backs all of the equipment they will need for the whole 3 or 4 days. However, what we offer is an all inclusive guided tour – with experienced Icelandic trekking guides. On day 1 we will pick you up to your accommodation in Reykjavík, and get you on one of our daily highland buses to Landmannalaugar where you will meet your group. Included is full board, starting with lunch on day 1 - ending with lunch on day 5, along with accommodation in the mountain huts. And possibly the best part - we offer transportation of your luggage between the huts, which means you only have to carry what you are going to need for each day‘s hike. When the tour is finished, the group takes one of our daily highland buses back from Þórsmörk to Reykjavík. Our tours have guides speaking English, German and Italian.

 

Dates for our tours summer of 2020:

1. Begins on 26th of June … ends on 30th of June ... Language: English

2. Begins on 03rd of July … ends on 07th of July ... Language: German & English

3. Begins on 10th of July … ends on 14th of July ... Language: English

4. Begins on 17th of July … ends on 21st of July ... Language: German, Italian & English

5. Begins on 24th of July … ends on 28th of July ... Language: English

6. Begins on 31st of July … ends on 04th of August ... Language: German, Italian & English

7. Begins on 07th of August … ends on 11th of August ... Language: English

8. Begins on 14th of August … ends on 18th of August ... Language: English

Included

Pick up to accommodation in Reykjavík (see itinerary)
Bus transfer from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar on day 1
Bus transfer from Þórsmörk to Reykjavík on day 5
Full board that starts with lunch on the 1st day and ends with lunch on the 5th day
Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts on days 1-4 (sleeping bag not included)
Transportation of luggage between huts (only carry what you need for each day)
English or German speaking trekking guide

Activities

Hiking
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Guided 5 Day Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail with Camping in Mountain Hunts - day 1

Reykjavík –> Landmannalaugar (4 hours by bus ride)

We provide pick-up by taxi to accommodation in Reykjavík between 07:15 and 07:45. You meet your group and guide at one of our daily highland buses to Landmannalaugar - departure from Reykjavík at 08:00. Estimated arrival in Landmannalaugar is 11:45. On this first day of the tour the groups gets to know each other by taking a relaxing walk together through the beautiful and colorful rhyolite area, and afterwards those who want can take a dip in the local natural geothermal pool. Participants enjoy dinner together, and stay for the night at the hut in Landmannalaugar.

Day 2
Guided 5 Day Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail with Camping in Mountain Hunts - day 2

Landmannalaugar –> Hrafntinnusker –> Álftavatn (24 km hike)

The first day on hiking the Laugavegur trail starts early, as there is a long day ahead. The luggage that participants won't be needing for today's hike will be picked up and driven to the next hut. The path is slowly ascending until we reach the colorful hot spring area of Stórihver. We walk over white snowy areas until reaching the black obsidian lava fields of Hrafntinnusker. The hike continues, and once we get close to our next hut at lake Álftavatn, we experience a breathtaking view from the plateau before descending. We cross one rather cold unbridged river before finally reaching the hut in Álftavatn, where participants enjoy dinner together and stay for the night.

Day 3
Guided 5 Day Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail with Camping in Mountain Hunts - day 3

Álftavatn –> Emstrur (15 km hike)

With the longest day of hiking behind us, we face two shorter and easier days - hiking about 15 km in each of them. Today's landscape consists of wide and expanse areas of gravel and black sand. We cross couple of unbridged rivers, but after that we can experience the solitude and vastness of the rather flat area, which offers wonderful view of surrounding mountains and glaciers. Our next hut is at Emstrur, where participants enjoy dinner together and stay for the night.

Day 4
Guided 5 Day Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail with Camping in Mountain Hunts - day 4

Emstrur –> Þórsmörk Langidalur (15 km hike)

The final day of hiking the Laugavegur trail starts east from the hut, as the trail runs through a colorful canyon - from where there is a great view to the grand Mýrdalsjökull glacier, under which the extremely powerful volcano Katla rests. After crossing a bridge over the river Syðri-Emstruá - the rest of the trail is rather flat and easy. It runs along the river Markarfljót, and once we get closer to our final destination at Þórsmörk, where natural green birch woods cover valley after valley - it starts getting obvious why Iceland is called the land of contrasts. Just before finishing this long trail, we need to wade couple of more streams once reaching Þröngá river. Our final hut is located in one of the valleys of Þórsmörk, called Langidalur (e. Long Valley), where participants enjoy grilled meal together and stay for the night.

Day 5
Guided 5 Day Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail with Camping in Mountain Hunts - day 5

Þórsmörk –> Reykjavík (4 hours bus ride)

Even though the Laugavegur trail is behind us, we are not quite finished with the hiking, since before leaving Þórsmörk we will of course need to climb the hill Valahnjúkur. From the top - the view over the valleys, glaciers and rivers is like nothing else. This is a very popular place to take photographs of Þórsmörk. Once having climbed down from there participants have lunch together, and then board the bus back to Reykjavík from Langidalur - departure at 14:30. Estimated arrival time is 18:00.

What to bring

Sleeping bag
Towels
Warm underwear (not cotton – wool or transtex)
Hiking socks
Good, used walking shoes
Shoes for crossing the rivers (slippers or trainers)
Shoes to use during the evening in the huts
Fleece or angora jackets
Tracksuit
Gore-Tex jacket and trousers
Gloves
Cap
Swimsuit
Toilet articles for personal use; sun protection
Sunglasses
Backpack to carry your daily luggage during the walks (2nd pair of clothes, lunch…)
Walking sticks (better for your knees and safer when crossing rivers)
Small flashlight
Plaster for blisters and medicine for personal use

Good to know

Change in reservation: We are very flexible and will help with any alterations or changes you would like to make. If you wish to change your reservation we kindly ask that you send us an email to info@trex.is with at least 1 weeks notice and we will take care of it.

Cancellation policy: If you cancel your Laugavegur trekking tour with at least 2 weeks notice we will fully refund your purchase. If you cancel your tour between 1 and 2 weeks prior to departure we will refund 50%.

Please note:

– The accommodation on the Laugavegur trail is in traditional Icelandic mountain huts, where hikers share a kitchen, bathrooms, and sleeping area in bunk beds. This in itself is an essential experience when visiting Iceland - since local hikers and foreign visitors have been using huts like these when exploring the Icelandic highlands for decades.

– The minimum number of participants in each trip is 6 persons, and the maximum is 12.

– Accommodation in Reykjavík is not included.

– We strongly advice travelers to purchase health and accident insurance before the tour.

– Your safety is our primary concern – so we kindly ask you to observe safetravel.is.

– In the unlikely event of a weather storm or other irregularities out of our control, we might be forced to make changes to the itinerary.

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