Laugavegur Trail – 4 day hike (Huts)

Exclusive departure on Iceland's most famous trail. The one and only Laugavegur Trail boasts of unsurpassed natural wonders that will get you blown away. Nowhere else will you experience earth's true elements in the same way.

  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Moderate
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  • Pickup available
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This exclusive departure is action packed 4-day hike that we have set up to ensure that you get all the best that The Laugavegur Trail has to offer. It is guided by Haraldur Orn, an experienced Icelandic adventurer that will share with you his deep local knowledge and take you on some fabulous off-trail adventures. 

The Laugavegur Trail is Iceland’s most famous multi-day hike and was chosen as one of the top 20 trails in the world by the National Geographic. It is 55 km (34 miles) from the geothermal pools in Landmannalaugar to the deep valleys of Thórsmörk by the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Accommodation is in heated and cozy mountain huts (dormitory style) and all luggage will be transferred along the trail. 


Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker

This is the first day of our Laugavegur adventure trek. We will meet at the Reykjavík bus terminal (BSI) at 7.30 where you will meet your guide and get on the bus for depart at 8.00 (other options available - see pick up options). The drive to Landmannalaugar takes approx. 4 hours. The drive itself is in fact interesting part of the journey, going from the green valleys of South Iceland to the highlands with its rough volcanic landscapes. We will pass one of Iceland´s most active volcano Mount Hekla.

In Landmannalaugar we are greeted with colorful rhyolite mountains, lava fields and steaming hot springs. We will have lunch before starting our hike through the highlands towards Thorsmörk.

We start our hike by going through Laugahraun black lava field. The geothermal steam comes from the ground as we pass Mount Brennisteinsalda, often named the country’s most colorful peak. Then we will visit the Stórihver geothermal site as we continue our ascent. We will soon start to cross snow fields as we reach higher elevation and approach the obsidian mountain Hrafntinnusker where the black glasslike rock lays on the ground. Our destination is the Hrafntinnusker Hut where we spend the first night. The hut sits at elevation of 1.100 meters (3.600 ft.) and is one of the most isolated huts in the country.

  • Distance: 12km (7,5 mi)
  • Walking time: 4-5 hrs
  • Elevation gain: 470 m (1540 ft.)

Walking over this mountain

Day 2: Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn

We start our day with a healthy breakfast at the Hrafntinnusker Hut and prepare ourselves for today’s hike. As we set of we cross countless gullies of Jökultungur with steaming hot springs everywhere we look. When we get to the edge of Jökultungur we are rewarded with a breathtaking view over mountain ridges, glaciers and lake Álftavatn. This is one of the most spectacular viewpoint on the whole trail. We descent a fairly steep trail down Jökultungur ridges and get our feet wet for the first time as we cross river Grashagakvísl. We arrive at lake Álftavatn with its tranquil and beautiful landscape and get comfortable inside the mountain hut. We a enjoy a good dinner as we realize that we are getting into the true spirit of the mountain life.

  • Distance: 12km (7.5 mi.)
  • Walking time: 4-5 hrs
  • Descent: 490 m (1610 ft.)

Day 3: Álftavatn - Emstrur

As we set of on our third day we head in an easterly direction to the beautiful valley of Hvanngil. Shortly after we come to a river that we can cross on a footbridge. Then we arrive at a second stream named Bratthálskvísl and this one has no bridge, so we will cross it on foot. After drying our feet, we enter the black desert of Mælifellssandur. Here we have the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier straight ahead of us that erupted in 2010 causing enormous disruption to air travel across Europe.

Next, we will visit the 200-meter-deep canyon of Markarfljótsgljúfur with magnificent colored walls and glacial river at the bottom. Then we arrive at the Botnar Hut where we stay the night. At the hut we will enjoy our last dinner together.

  • Distance: 16km (10 mi.)
  • Walking time: 6-7 hrs.
  • Descent: 40 m (130 ft.)


Day 4: Emstrur - Thórsmörk - Reykjavik

On this last day of our trek, we continue along the trail towards Thórsmörk. We cross the bridge over Syðri-Emstruá in a deep and narrow canyon. Then we continue along the Markarfljót river. Now we are entering an area with more vegetation and we see green valleys head with ice caps above.  We cross the Þröngá river and then we enter the Woods of Thor (the meaning of Thórsmörk in Icelandic). As we arrive in Thórsmörk we celebrate having completed the famous Laugavegur trail. Then we jump on the bus and aim to arrive back in Reykjavik at 21:45.

  • Distance: 15 km (9,5 mi.)
  • Walking time: 6-7 hrs.
  • Descent: 300 m (985 ft).

What’s included

  • Local Guide
  • Pickup from Reykjavik
  • Bus transport
  • Luggage transport
  • All meals (except breakfast on day 1 and dinner day 4)

What do I need to bring

  • Hiking Boots waterproof with ankle support
  • Base layer (thermal underwear) top and bottom, wool or synthetic (no cotton)
  • Fleece jacket (mid layer)
  • Hiking pants
  • Rain jacket and rain pants must be waterproof and breathable
  • Light insulated jacket
  • Gloves
  • Hiking socks three pairs
  • Headwear
  • Day backpack 25 – 35L
  • Shoes for crossing rivers (running shoes or neoprene socks with rugged sandals with a heel strap)
  • Duffel bag for luggage transport
  • Waterproof bags for sleeping bag and extra clothes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Water bottle 1L
  • Headlamp
  • Hiking poles
  • Camera
  • Slippers for indoor use
  • Small quick drying towel
  • Comfortable cabin clothing
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
  • Personal kit with medication and other personal items
  • Earplugs
  • Sleeping mask

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