4-Day Laugavegur Trek – Camping

Camping from Landmannalaugar's geothermal oasis to Þórsmörk's lush valley, lets you experience the Laugavegur trail in a way known only to a few. Immerse yourself in amazing nature on this camping adventure in Iceland.

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10.900 ISK
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Tour type: Trek from camp to camp with luggage transport




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Adult: 149000

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What's included: Guiding, transport, camping in 2 pers. tents, mattresses, full board, and luggage transport

Departures: Wednesdays from July to August

Duration: 4 days

Accommodation: Camping

Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15

Group size: 6 to 14 participants

Language: English, French

Walking per day: 4 - 8 hours

Note: This tour can be booked for private groups upon request

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The multicolor mountains of Landmannalaugar
    • The untouched wilderness
    • The great variety of landscapes
    • The stunning views

    The Laugavegur Camping Trek  - Four day tour in tents

    If you don't like the idea of shared dormitory accommodation this version of the Laugavegur trek is for you. We stay in 2 person tents along the trail and dine in a dining tent. Our luggage is transported between camps so during the day we only carry our daypacks, and each night we set up camp at the next location. Our first camp is at Landmannalaugar where we get the chance to go on a short hike on the first day before setting out on the trail. However our second day becomes more demanding as we set out early and hike over obsedian lava fields and the area of the Hrafntinnusker hut all the way to Álftavatn lake. From here we make our way along the trail to Þórsmörk from where we take the evening bus back to Reykjavik. 

    • Total walking distance: 56 km. (35 miles)
    • Maximum Ascent: 600 m. (1900 feet)
    • Minimum age: 14 years 

    Experienced and qualified guide for 4 days, public transport from and to Reykjavik, food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4,  2 persons igloo tents, matresses, dining tent, communal camping equipment and cooking gear, camping fees and transfer of luggage. 

    • Accommodation in Reykjavik and pick up and drop off at accommodation can be added. 
    • Sleeping bag can be rented for 7000 ISK

    If you like this tour, take a look at the Volcanic Trails, another trail that takes you from the Vatnajökull National Park through the Fjallabak area and to Landmannalaugar.

    Due to this trail's popularity, there is potential for irrepairable damage to the nature that we all enjoy.  As environmental stewards in Iceland, we are taking a proactive approach to preserve the trail and the surrounding environment by allocating 1% of the tour price for each passenger to our Environmental Fund. With us, you get to experience this amazing trail and minimize your environmental impact. 


  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1:  Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar
    We take the public  regular public bus from BSI bus station at 08:00 am, 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. We set our first camp in Landmannalaugar where we have the whole afternoon to hike and explore this fantastic colorful ryolite area and take a relaxing bath in a natural warm river. 

    Walking time: 3-4 hrs

    Day 2: Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn
    We set up for the hike towards Álftavatn. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges all the way up to Hrafntinnusker. 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 where we set our camp.                       

    Distance: 24 km (15 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs

    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 Botnar where we set our camp for 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

    Day 4: Emstrur-Þórsmörk - Reykjavík
    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. We take the evening public bus back to Reykjavik. 

    Distance: 17 km (10,5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs

  • Equipment List

    IMGT31 Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk Camping

    Equipment list

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with ankle support. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland. 
    • Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester). 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! 
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  
    • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. 
    • Sleeping bag – Down or fibre. Light weight and warm. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags.
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Earplugs

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down) for evenings at the camp.
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.
    • Headlamp (depends on the season)
    • Sneakers for evenings at the camp.

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.


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  • FAQ

    FAQ for IMGT1 (Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk)

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

    • Down or fiber. Light weight and warm. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags. 

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

    • Yes, it is possible. The prices pr. sleeping bag is: 6.850 ISK for the trip

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

    If I’m travelling alone do I need to share tent with another person?

    •  Yes the price is based on two persons sharing a tent but you can have a single tent for the price of 10.000 ISK

    Please contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is if you wish to book a single tent option.

    What kind of mattresses do you provide?

    • We provide comfortable self-inflating mattresses with good insolation 

    Is it possible to take a shower on the camp sites?

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

    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones on the campsites?

    • It is possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts by the campsites. This costs 500 ISK pr. battery charge. Again, you can only pay cash. The solarpower is dependant of weather so it is not guaratied. 

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

    • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also provide vegetarian, vegan or gluten free diet for extra cost of 1.500 ISK per day.  

    Meeting point and time

    • Meeting point is inside the BSI central bus station. 
    • 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 6:45 and 07:00 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 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 4 days, food for 4 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4), transportation to and from Reykjavík, tents, mattresses, communal camping equipment and cooking gear, camping fees and transfer of luggage during the trek.
    • 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, 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. 

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

    • Yes, it is possible. 

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

    • The price is 5.000 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 6:45 and 07:00
    • The tour ends at the Reykjavik BSI central bus station
    • The tour starts at the BSI central bus station at 07:15
    • The minimum age of participants on this trek is 16 years.

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

  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    04.07 - 07.07 2018 Available English Select
    11.07 - 14.07 2018 Available English/French Select
    18.07 - 21.07 2018 Available English Select
    25.07 - 28.07 2018 Available English/French Select
    01.08 - 04.08 2018 Available English Select
    08.08 - 11.08 2018 Available English/French Select
    15.08 - 18.08 2018 Available English Select
    22.08 - 25.08 2018 Available English/French Select

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