I recently completed a 6-day hike with Arctic Adventures doing the famous Laugavegur trek, starting in Landmannalaugar and finishing in Þórsmörk – PLUS the incredible Fimmvörðuhals.
This trip easily incorporates some of the most incredible sights that Iceland has to offer – and if you got the time and money to spare, I would say it is an absolute must.
You can complete the trip by yourself and do it in just a few days, but I opted for this trip together with Arctic Adventures, which is one of the leading providers of wilderness hikes in Iceland. I was really happy that I did exactly that, since our guides were really knowledgeable and we got to see some true hidden gems that we never would have found on our own.
Day one – Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker
We started the first day in Landmannalaugar and quickly started venturing through the colourful rhyolite mountains. It was an experience that I will not forget anytime soon.
We ended the day high up in the mountains at Hrafntinnusker where you will get to see some incredible black obsidian rocks. I refer to them as Dragon Glass ;-)
Day two – Hrafntinnusker to Alftavatn
On the second day, we headed from the snow-covered Hrafntinnusker to the green and fertile Álftavatn area, crowned with the beautiful Álftavatn lake.
It’s incredible how you can go through such landscape diversity in just a day of hiking.
Day three – Alftavatn to Emstrur
Yet another day of incredible scenery. We started the day by forging a few rivers and then through endless black sand deserts before reaching the campsite of Emstrur. Here you will find breath-taking views over the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers.
Day four – Emstrur to Þórsmörk
This is one of the most exciting days during the hike, where you go through rugged landscape and suddenly end up in otherworldly Þórsmörk (Valley of Thor – a referral to the Norse Mythology). Þórsmörk is that kind of place you thought didn't exist - like Nature is just messing around with you, dangling landscapes of ethereal beauty in front of you only to take it away.
Day five – Fimmvörðuháls Hike
From Þórsmörk, we headed to the Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass, which is located between the two glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull (yes try to pronounce that for a second J). Our hike took us up to the two volcanos Magni and Móði – which are famous for erupting just before the larger eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Until recently, you could still feel the hot ground when standing on top of the volcanos.
It was a day filled with impressions that will last for a lifetime – not least some incredible photography.
Day six – Þórsmörk before heading back to Reykjavik
On the final day, we roamed around in Þórsmörk for half a day before our bus departed for Reykjavik. It was great just to get to chill in these incredible surroundings, sit in silence and enjoy the scenity from another world. There is some serious Lord of the Rings action taking place all around you.
Organising your own trip
I know that Arctic Adventures offers two types of this trip – Huts and Tents.
I did the tent version, simply because it costs less, but I’m sure you will enjoy both options:
If you got less time to spare, consider doing at least The Þórsmörk Hike.
It’s hard to say which one is better than the other (Landmannalaugar or Þórsmörk) – it’s like comparing beer and wine – they both taste great but are distinctively different.
If you one have 1 day to spare, here is a link to some of the one-day trips to the highlands:
- Landmannalaugar day-hike