Landmannalaugar - Þórsmörk - IMG31

Our best seller, the famous Laugavegur Trek

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Adult: 176.000

Duration: 5 Days

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Group size: 6 to 16 participants

Note: The tour starts and ends at Reykjavik Bus Terminal

  • Tour Description

    The Famous Laugavegur Trek - Five day vehicle assisted trek from hut to hut

    Hands down the best known trek in Iceland. This trail takes adventurers from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar and the southern highlands, south to the Þórsmörk valley, at the foot of world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The trail crosses many spectacles including the third biggest geothermal zone in the world, through yellow rhyolite mountains, over black deserts, past great canyons and finally into the verdurous valley of Þórsmörk. It is no coincidence that the “Laugavegur” hike each year attracts travelers from around the world in addition to being a great favorite amongst locals. Come see what all the fuss is about! Accommodation in mountain huts.

    Total walking distance: 56 km. (35 miles)
    Altitude: 200-1100 m. (650-3600 feet)
    Maximum Ascent: 600 m. (1900 feet)

    Included:
    Guide for 5 days, food for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5), transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage.

    *About the mountain huts: All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have dormitories with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.

    You can extend this trek and go from Þorsmörk over Fimmvörðuháls (right next to the craters from the 2010 eruption) to Skógar. The Combined tour is called Landmannalaugar-Skógar IMG36,

    If you like this tour, take a look at the Volcanic Trails, another trail from the Vatnajökull National Park through the Fjallabak area 

    You can add a pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavík at the beginning/end of the tour for 4.400 ISK.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1:  Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker
    We take the regular bus at 08:00, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
    Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)                                 Walking time: 4-5 hrs                        Ascent: 470 m (1540 ')

    Day 2: Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn
    From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.
    Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)                                 Walking time: 4-5 hrs                        Descent: 490 m (1610 ')

    Day 3: Álftavatn-Emstrur
    We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
    Distance: 16km (10 mi)                                 Walking time: 6-7 hrs                        Descent: 40 m (130 ')

    Day 4: Emstrur-Þórsmörk
    We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
    Distance: 17km (10.5 mi)                                 Walking time: 6-7 hrs                        Descent: 300 m (985 ')

    Day 5:  Þórsmörk-Reykjavík
    We spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we walk along one of numerous paths. For example, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Central bus Station at 19:20, where the trip ends.

    *All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, paricipants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group.

  • Equipment List

    Trekking Tours

    Equipment list for IMG31IMG35 and IMG36

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking Boots – The boots should be of leather (or leather and synthetic) with high cut to give sufficient ankle support. Preferably the sole should be soft but robust. Gore-Tex or alternative waterproof membrane is a preferable extra. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers (2nd layer) – Strong and light material that dries quickly. Wind resistant and water repelling preferable.
    • Rain Jacket or an Anorak with hood – Preferably waterproof and breathable material (Gore-Tex or equivalents). 
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Liner Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester). 
    • Mittens – Wool or synthetic (optionally waterproof) (two pairs if no Liner Gloves). 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Hat or Balaclava – Wool or synthetic. 


    Other gear:

    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. Size: 30-50 litres. 
    • River shoes – Walking sandals with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks. Regular open sandals are not sufficient for the purpose. Old pair of light sneakers do nicely to ford the rivers but they don’t dry easily and can be a heavy addition to your backpack.
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated.
    • A travel sack for your baggage that is transported between camps. Note that suitcases are to be avoided.
    • Towel – A light weight and packable one. 
    • Toothbrushand toothpaste. 
    • Sunglasses – Big enough to cover the eyes and with sufficient UV-protection. 
    • Sun protection. 
    • Water container – Pet plastic bottle. 


    Optional gear:

    • Walking poles.
    • Gaiters – Calf or knee height and wide enough for your boots. 
    • Neoprene socks – A preferable item on trips where we have to cross many rivers. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breakes). 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.

  • FAQ

    FAQ

    IMG31 (Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk), IMG35 (Þórsmörk – Skógar) and IMG36 (Landmannalaugar – Skógar)

    What type of sleeping bag do I need for this trek? What temperature rating do I need?

    • A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated.


    Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for the tour?

    Yes, it is possible. The prices pr. sleeping bag are as follows.

    • IMG31 – Landmannalaugar Þórsmörk: 7.500 ISK
    • IMG35 – Þórsmörk Skógar: 5.500 ISK
    • IMG36 – Landmannalaugar Skógar: 9.500 ISK

    Please contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is if you wish to rent a sleeping bag.

    What are the sleeping arrangements like in the huts?

    • The rooms have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some huts also have a continuous line of beds.


    Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?

    • Yes, it is possible in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5) – it costs 500 ISK pr. shower and you can only pay cash.


    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts?

    • It is possible to charge batteries and phones in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5). This also costs 500 ISK pr. battery charge. Again, you can only pay cash.


    Do the huts have running water?

    • Yes, all the huts have running water except the hut on Fimmvörðuháls – there we melt snow for water.


    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements. 
    • Gluten free and Vegan diet will cost a little extra – 1.500 ISK pr. day.


    Meeting point and time

    • Meeting point is at the BSI Bus terminal located near the center of Reykjavík. The address is Vatnsmyrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavík.
    • A representative from Icelandic Mountain Guides will be inside the terminal standing next to a sign that says „Meeting Point“. Please approach the representative and let him know you have arrived.
    • Meeting time is at 7:15 am.
    • We offer the service of picking passengers up from their accommodation in the greater Reykjavík area and driving them to the meeting point – the BSI Bus terminal.
    • If you have arranged a pick up through our company, you will be picked up from your accommodation between 7:00 and 7:15 am.


    How much luggage do we carry during the hikes?

    • All of your larger luggage is transported for you between huts by the support vehicle.
    • You have to carry your daypack which needs to contain some extra clothes, (e.g. rain coat, rain trousers, extra socks, gloves, hat etc.), water bottle, food for the day and river crossing shoes (not on day 1 though).


    River crossing

    Participants will need to cross rivers every day except on day 1. The water level in the rivers changes from time to time due to seasonal conditions. In some cases we will be able to step from stone to stone to get to the other side. In other cases we will need to take our shoes and socks off, put on river crossing shoes and wade the rivers. Your guide will provide you with advice on river crossing as welll as help you to cross the river. Trekking poles might come in handy when wading rivers as well as crossing with a partner.

    River crossing shoes – what type?

    • The most important thing when choosing shoes for crossing the rivers is to have shoes with good grip since the bottom of the rivers can be very slippery and/or rocky.
    • We recommend passengers to bring either an old pair of sneakers or a pair of sturdy sandals for crossing the rivers. The sneakers don’t dry easily though and can be a heavy addition to your backpack.


    Note:
    The rivers can be very cold so bring warm socks such as neoprene socks.

    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Guide for 5 days, food for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5), transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage.
    • Not included: International flights to and from Iceland, transportation between Keflavík airport and Reykjavík, accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the trek, transportation to and from meeting point (BSI Bus terminal), sleeping bag.


    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.


    Do you require a full payment at the time of booking?

    • Yes, we do. It is not possible to pay a deposit or confirmation fee.


    Do passengers assist with preparing breakfast and dinner during the trek?

    • This is by no means necessary but guides always welcome assistance with breakfast and dinner from passengers.


    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for 500 ISK pr. bag pr. day.


    Do all departures have an English speaking guide?

    • Yes, every single one. We also have selected departures with an English and German speaking guide, English and Spanish speaking guide and also departures with and English and French speaking guide.


    Is it possible to take a bath in the hot spring in Landmannalaugar?

    • Yes, it is possible but only for a short while.


    How much is the pick-up and drop off option?

    • The price is 4.400 ISK total
    • If you have arranged for a pick-up, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík or the Reykjavík area between 7:00 and 7:15 am.


    General info

    • The tour ends at the BSI Bus terminal in Reykjavík around 7:30 pm.
    • The tour starts at the BSI Bus terminal in Reykjavík at 7:15 am.
    • The minimum age of participants on this trek is 16 years.
    • Jeans are an absolute no-no in highland tours in Iceland! We also recommend that participants do not wear cotton. See the equipment list for more information.


    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is

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    07.09.2015 Confirmed Departure Book Now
    11.09.2015 Full

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