5-Day Laugavegur Trek in Huts - Part 1 - IMG31

Iceland’s most famous trek from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk lives up to the hype. The magical and diverse landscape combined with the long and bright Icelandic summer days, will capture your nature loving heart. We top off this amazing adventure with a celebratory BBQ on our the last night in Þórsmörk.

Photo: Jan Zelina
Landmannalaugar hut
Photo: Jan Zelina

Landmannalaugar hut

Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Þórsmörk
Photo: Jan Zelina

Þórsmörk

Photo: Jan Zelina
Landmannalaugar
Photo: Ellert Grétarsson

Landmannalaugar

Our guide was extraordinary! She understood and travelled at the pace which suited the group best, she was kind and knowledgeable and personable! The actual trek was breathtaking and spectacular, and l met some truly lovely people! The food was incredible and beautifully cooked, and although the accommodation was fairly basic, it was perfect for our needs!!

- Sarah, Australia -

Tour type: Trek from hut to hut with luggage transport

Difficulty:

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Adult: 198990

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What's included: Guiding, transport, accomodation, full board and transfer of luggage

Departures: Mondays and Fridays from June - September

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15

Group size: 6 to 16 participants

Language: English, German, French and Spanish

Walking per day: 4 - 7 hours

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

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  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Stunning scenery
    • Knowledgeable guides
    • Great food
    • The extra day in the magnificent valley of Þórsmörk

    The rumors are true! Trekking in the southern highlands, from the geothermal hotspots in Landmannalaugar to the lush green landscape in Þórsmörk valley, is even more beautiful in person. You will traverse in between vibrant yellow rhyolite mountains, over black sand deserts and past majestic canyons during this adventure. It is not a coincidence that this trail is a favorite among locals and travelers from the around the world.

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

    Included: Experienced and qualified guide for 5 days, public transport to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5,  and transfer of luggage.

    • 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.

    Level up your adventure with these add ons:

    • Want to combine two of Iceland’s best hikes? Extend this trek by 2 days and hike from Þórsmörk to Skógar on the magnificent Fimmvörðuháls pass.

  • Tour Itinerary

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


    *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

    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. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    Gear Lexicon Trekking Tours

    Further reading on Trekking equipment.

    • 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
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat. 

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  (For IMG35- Þórsmörk- Skógar 30-45L (1850-2750 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. (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
    • Light Sleeping bag. (For IMG35 Þórsmörk-Skógar only: only sleeping bag liner is needed as a basic sleeping bag is stored in the huts so you will not need ot carry a sleeping bag).
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Earplugs
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
    • Camera, spare batteries.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    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

    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: 7.900 ISK
    • IMG36 – Landmannalaugar Skógar: 7.900 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.The power is solar power so on rainy days it might not be possible.


    Do the huts have running water?

    • Yes, all the huts have running cold 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 for the price of 1.500 ISK pr. day.


    Meeting point and time

    • Meeting point is at BSI bus terminal located in Reykjavik city center.
    • A representative from Icelandic Mountain Guides will be inside 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 6:50 and 07:10 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 around 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 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 6:50 and 7:10 am.


    General info

    • The tour ends at the Reykjavík BSI bus terminal around 07:20 pm.
    • The tour starts at the Reykjavík BSI bus terminal at 7:15 am.
    • The minimum age of participants on this trek is 14 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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    18.06 - 22.06 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    18.06 - 22.06 2018 Confirmed Departure English/French Select
    22.06 - 26.06 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
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    29.06 - 03.07 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
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    06.07 - 10.07 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
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    13.08 - 17.08 2018 Confirmed Departure English/French Select
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    24.08 - 28.08 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
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    31.08 - 04.09 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    03.09 - 07.09 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    10.09 - 14.09 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select

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