4-Day Laugavegur Trek – Backpacking

Like true explorers, we trek from hut to hut on the Laugavegur trail with only what we need for 4 days strapped to our backs. As we journey from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, we feel how minimalizing our material belongings has let us experience nature to the max.

The incredible geography & scenery. Also, the pace and distances were just right. Great guide, convivial group.

- Kurt, USA -

Tour type: Trek from hut to hut without luggage transport

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 133000

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What's included: Guiding, transport, accommodation and full board

Departures: July and August

Duration: 4 days, 3 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15

Group size: 6 -14

Language: English

Walking per day: 4 - 7 hours

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

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Stunning panoramic views
    • The boiling mud pots
    • The variety of landscapes

    The Famous Laugavegur Trek - Four day backpacking trek from hut to hut

    The Laugavegur hiking trail has become the best known trek in Iceland. For those wishing to travel at a faster pace, we offer this lightweight backpacking version of the trek. We carry all our personal luggage, sleeping bags and some food supplies with us, and we stay in the mountain huts along the trail. The hike starts in Landmannalaugar and we make our way up to Hrafntinnusker on the first day. From there, we continue on the trail to Álftavatn and then Emstur. On the end of our fourth hiking day we come down to Þórsmörk where we catch the evening bus back to Reykjavík.

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

    Included: Experienced and qualified guide for 4 days, public transport to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4,  

    • All  the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have dormitories with single and twin bunkbeds and/or mattresses and participants must be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.
    • Accommodation in Reykjavik and pick up and drop off at accommodation can be added. 
    • Sleeping bag can be rented for 7000 ISK

    Note: Worried about your environmental footprint? Through our Environmental Fund, you are helping to preserve the beautiful Icelandic nature along this trail.

     

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1:  Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker
    We take the regular public bus from BSI central bus staion at 08:00.   Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have  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-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. In Thorsmork we catch the evening bus back to Reykjavík.
    Distance: 17km (10.5 mi)
    Walking time: 6-7 hrs
    Descent: 300 m (985 ')


    *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

    IMGQ31 Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk with a Backpack

    Equipment list

    Boots and clothing:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good 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. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland. 
    • Gloves 1 – 2 pairs – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester). 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Long Johns (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
    • Warm jacket/sweater – Wool or fleece (3rd layer).

    Other gear:

    • Backpack – (woman size: 50-60 litres - man size: 60-75 litres) – note that each guest will need about 10L of free space for food.
    • 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 – for camping tours we recommend a 3 season sleeping bag.
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear.
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Ear plugs

    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).
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Heart-warming spirits.

    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.

     

  • Gear Lexicon

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  • FAQ

    FAQ for IMGQ1 (Landmannalaugar – Þórsmörk)

    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 price pr. sleeping bag is: 5.000 for the trip

    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) 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). This 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.

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

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

    Meeting point and time

    • Meeting point is inside the BSI central bus staion located in the city center of 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 07:15 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 the gear will be carried by participants. You will need to carry all your luggage and leave some additional space in your back-pack for the food that will be distributed equally among the passengers. 

    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 3 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4), transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear.
    • 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 but only for a short while. 

    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 am.

    General info

    • The tour ends at the BSI central bus stion at aroun 23:45 pm.
    • The tour starts at the BSI central bus staion at 07:15 (departure at 08:00)
    • 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
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    28.06 - 01.07 2018 Two needed to confirm Select
    12.07 - 15.07 2018 Available Select
    26.07 - 29.07 2018 Available Select
    09.08 - 12.08 2018 Two needed to confirm Select
    23.08 - 26.08 2018 Available Select

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