Laugavegur Trail Itinerary

A day to day description of the itinerary for the he hiking trail from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. Highlights of each day, hiking times and distances.

A sign in the Icelandic highlands that says Landmannalaugar to the left and Thorsmork to the right.

DAY 1 Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

We take the public bus from BSI bus terminal 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: 12 km (7.5 mi)                                 
Walking time: 
4 - 5 hrs                       
Ascent: 
470 m (1540 ft)

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

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

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. As our hike is coming to an end for the day, we descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. After arriving at the huts in Þórsmörk, we top off this amazing adventure with a barbecue! 
Distance: 17 km (10.5 mi)                                
Walking time: 
6 - 7 hrs                        
Descent: 
300 m (985 ft)

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 BSI bus terminal where the trip ends at 19:20.

Hiking and Trekking Tours

Hiking in the Icelandic wilderness is unlike anything. You may find your adventure on the famous Laugavegur trail or on less traveled routes like the Volcanic Trails or Víknaslóðir in the east.