The Laugavegur Hiking Trail is Iceland’s most famous trail and truly one of the world’s most beautiful treks, as described by National Geographic and other publications.

The trail connects the Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk Nature Reserves and offers a variety of different volcanic landscapes along the way. Every day has different views with beautiful scenery of pristine nature with volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, natural hot springs, black arctic deserts and lush forested valleys.

Accommodation along the way is provided in rustic mountain huts and camping grounds. Most people start the trek in Landmannalaugar and finish at the Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk or extend the trek by one or two days all the way to Skógar, south of the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and Glacier.

Prices starting from

79.900 ISK per person

749 USD | 642 EUR | 569 GBP | 989 CAD

Landmannalaugar

Itinerary

Day 1 - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

Distance: 12 km, 4 – 5 hours
Elevation increase: 470 m
Starting coordinates GPS: N63°59.600 – W19°03.660
Finish coordinates GPS: N63°55.840 – W19°09.700

Starting the trek from – Landmannalaugar brings you to an easy hike through the lava field of Laugahraun towards the colourful mountain Brennisteinsalda. There you start a gradual climb through dissected hills with views of an incredible spectrum of colors. After 3 – 4 hours you should arrive at the Stórihver geothermal area and hot springs. About 2/3 of the way is likely to be covered with snow until late summer. At an elevation of around 1.000m you can expect fog to show up suddenly and without warning. The trail is clearly marked but hikers must be careful not to loose the track in poor visibility.

Hrafntinnusker Hut (Höskuldsskáli) will appear suddenly about 2 km past a memorial of a traveller, who sadly died of hypothermia in this area in June 2004.

Evening walks from the Hrafntinnusker hut: 20 minute walk to Mt. Söðull (beautiful views) or 40 minute walk to ice caves. Ask warden for more information.

Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn

Distance: 12 km, 4 – 5 hours.
Elevation decrease: 490 m
Starting Coordinates GPS: N63°55.840 – W19°09.700
Finish coordinates GPS: N63°51.470 – W19°13.640

Heading out from the Hrafntinnusker hut the trail takes you through a valley with small ravines that sometimes may be filled with snow. A short and steep incline leads you to the highpoint of today’s walk. If the visibility is good, a side trip to the summit of mountain Háskerðingur (1.281 m) will reward you with a breathtaking view. This is best done from the western slope of the mountain. But take care as you have to cross a glacier on the way. Ask the hut warden for further information.

Soon after you will leave the colorful rhyolite mountains and enter an area with contrast of dark palagonite mountains and white glaciers. You will also notice a considerable increase in vegetation. The trail down the Jökultungur is quite steep and care must be taken during the descent. The last few kilometers to the huts by the lake Álftavatn are on flat land. The two huts at Álftavatn take up to 52 persons.

Evening walks: Hike up Mt. Brattháls, which takes 1 – 2 hours return. Wet feet are included as it’s necessary to wade the little stream running from Lake Álftavatn. Another good hike takes you up the Mt. Torfatindur (818m), estimated walking time 1 – 2 hours.

Sunset at Landmannalaugar
Laugavegur

Itinerary

Day 3 - Álftavatn - Emstrur (Botnar)

Distance: 15 km, 6 – 7 hours.
Elevation decrease: 40 m
Starting Coordinates GPS: N63°51.470 – W19°13.640
Finish coordinates GPS: N63°45.980 – W19°22.480

The trail leads you over the Brattháls Ridge into Hvanngil Ravine, wading across the small Bratthálskvísl River. In the Hvanngil Ravine you will find two huts, one built for sheepherds in 1963 and one for tourists, built in 1995. As Álftavatn and Hvanngil are only 5 km apart, Hvanngil can be used as an alternate accommodation. The huts have toilet facilities, showers and a small camping site in an old lava field.

Leaving Hvanngil you cross a bridge over the Kaldaklofskvísl River. On the eastern bank of Kaldaklofskvísl River the trail splits in two. You should take the path leading south to Emstrur and Þórsmörk. The other branch leads east to Mælifellssandur (Road F 210). Soon after that, another river has to be waded.

For a few kilometers, the Laugavegur Trail joins a mountain road. You can stay on the road all the way to the Emstrur hut or take a hiking trail alongside the road.

You will have to cross the powerful Nyrðri Emstruá River on a bridge that the road will take you to. After crossing the bridge you will traverse few kilometers on flat land until you suddenly find the Botnar huts in Emstrur.

Evening walk: Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon is a 40 to 90 minute hiking tour with beautiful views of the canyons and neighbouring mountains.

Day 4 - Emstrur (Botnar) - Þórsmörk

Distance: 15 km, 6 – 7 hours
Elevation decrease: 300 m
Starting Coordinates GPS: N63°45.980 – W19°22.480
Finish coordinates GPS: N63°41,4 – W19°35,59

In about 45 minutes, after heading out from the Emstrur huts you should be on a steep path leading towards the canyon of Syðri-Emstruá River. The river can be crossed on a hiking bridge in a narrow part of the canyon, with the river raging beneath your feet. From the canyon you will be walking through a hilly area known as Almenningar with the first view of Þórsmörk in sight. At the end of Almenningar you will have to wade the Þröngá River the deepest on the Laugavegur Trail. When wading it is good practice to go hand in hand and head downstream or to use hiking poles to keep your balance. After crossing the Þröngá River you will enter the forested area of Þórsmörk. Follow the path to an intersection with signs that show directions to different huts in Þórsmörk. From there you should reach the Volcano Huts in Húsadalur Þórsmörk or Langidalur hut in 30 minutes.

Evening walks: In Þórsmörk you will find many possibilities for evening walks such as onto the Mt. Valahnúkur or to the Sönghellir Cave.

Þórsmörk

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What is Ísafold Travel’s cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made by e-mail or letter. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the travel agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows, in addition to the non-refundable deposit:

More than 6 weeks prior to arrival: No additional charge
Less than 6 weeks and more than 2 weeks: 15%
Less than 2 weeks and more than 72 hours: 50%
Less than 72 hours and more than 24 hours: 75%

Less than 24 hours notice, and no-shows: 100%

We recommend that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance.

Does Ísafold Travel handle domestic/international flights?

Ísafold Travel does not handle or book international flights from and to Iceland for our clients. However, flights between Iceland and Greenland and domestic flights in Iceland can be arranged by us.

What is a self-drive/self-guided tour?

A self-drive or self-guided tour is a packaged tour that allows you to travel at your own pace – by yourself or in a group. We arrange everything from the vehicle to accommodation so you don’t have to worry about anything. You can just go and enjoy your own private road trip through Iceland.

Do kids get a discount on some of the activities?

Yes, depending on their age they might be eligible for a discount on some of the activities. Please write their ages in the comments while booking and the discount they are eligible for while be deducted from the remaining balance.

Is it possible to customise my tour after booking?

Yes! It’s absolutely possible to further customise your tour after booking through our website. We only require a 20% deposit to be paid up front before we start customising your tour.

Am I required to pay the full amount upon booking?

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*It’s possible to pay a 20% deposit in advance and customize the tour you booked before requiring a full payment. However, this only applies if you are booking more than 30 days in advance of the starting date of your tour. 

What’s included?

  • Mountain Bus to and from trail : from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar – from Þórsmörk or Skógar back to Reykjavik
  • 4 – 5 days hiking the Laugavegur and Þórsmörk trails
  • Sleeping bag accommodation 4 nights in mountain huts along the trail
  • 1 x dinner and 1 x breakfast per person at Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk
  • Taxes & service fees

What’s not included?

  • Personal Travel Insurances
  • Sleeping bags
  • Hiking and camping equipment
  • Additional activities
  • Meals or drinks unless otherwise stated
  • Any services not listed under list of included items

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Day 1 - Landmannalaugar
Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker
Day 3 - Alftavatn
Day 4 - Emstrur
Day 5 - Þorsmörk Volcano Huts
OPTIONAL - Fimmvörðuháls
OPTIONAL - Skogar
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