7-Day Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek in Huts - Part 1 & 2

The Laugavegur trail and Fimmvörðuháls pass are each recognized as amazing hikes by adventurers from around the world. Starting off in Landmannalaugar, we combine these two epic trails for 7 glorious days trekking through multi-colored hills, black sands and verdurous valleys that show off the true spirit of Iceland.

Landmannalaugar
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Landmannalaugar

Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Photo: Jan Zelina
Þórsmörk - The Valley of Thor
Photo: Jan Zelina

Þórsmörk - The Valley of Thor

Photo: Jan Zelina
Fimmvörðuháls
Photo: Ólafur Rafnar Ólafsson

Fimmvörðuháls

Fimmvörðuháls
Photo: Ólafur Rafnar Ólafsson

Fimmvörðuháls

Photo: Arnar Már Ólafsson
Fimmvörðuháls
Photo: Nanna Dís

Fimmvörðuháls

Photo: Monika K Waleszczynska
Lava from the Craters of Fimmvörðuháls
Photo: Nanna Dís

Lava from the Craters of Fimmvörðuháls

Photo: Nanna Dís
Photo: Ólafur Rafnar Ólafsson
Photo: Ólafur Rafnar Ólafsson
Our guide was excellent, she set a pace that allowed the group to stay together and strategically planned her stops to tell us interesting information about the geology and history of the area while letting people rest. We were able to hike at a good pace while still getting time to enjoy the scenery, and get to the destination with plenty of time to relax or hike more if desired. Basically our guide was the best and good at managing the group!

- Karen, USA -

Tour type: Trek from hut to hut with luggage transport and light weight back packing tour

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Adult: 259900

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What's included: Guiding, transport, accommodation, full board, transfer of luggage (first 4 days)

Departures: Mondays from June to September

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15

Group size: 6 to 16 participants

Language: English

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

    • The combination of Iceland's best known treks
    • Fantastic Glacier view
    • The wide variety of landscapes
    • The colorful rhyolite mountaines

    Seven day hike/trek from hut to hut. Transport vehicle assised for 5 days

    By combining two of Iceland’s best known hikes, you get an unbelievable seven day trek through incredibly diverse landscapes. You will start at the famous geothermal area of Landmannalaugar, hikie over the fascinating landscape in Fimmvörðuháls and end at the ever so popular waterfall of Skógar. This path takes us through it all; over multicolored hills and black sands, alongside small gullies and great canyons, through verdurous valleys, between glamorous glaciers, and past wonderful waterfalls. This is a memorable hike littered with contrasts giving you a chance to absorb the true spirit of this remarkable country. Accommodations will be provided in comfortable mountain huts

    • Total walking distance: 78 km. (48 miles)
    • Altitude: 150 - 1100 m. (490 - 3600 feet)
    • Maximum ascent: 1000 m (3280 feet)
    • Minimum age: 14 years

    Included: Experienced and qualified guide for 7 days, public transport from and to Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, food from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7 and  luggage transport from day 1 to day 5

    • 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

    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-Hrafntinnusker
    We take the regular public bus from BSI bus terminal, 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. We will arrive in the late afternoon at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, where we will stay the night.

    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. 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. We spend the 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 Valley
    We spend the day in Þórsmörk where we have an abundance of choice between various 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, or hike into the beautifully carved canyon Stakkholtsgjá. This oasis between the mountains also an ideal place to relax and just enjoy nature. We spend the night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.

    Distance: 5-10 km (3-6 mi) Walking time: 2-5 hrs Ascent/Descent: NA

    Day 6: Þórsmörk-Fimmvörðuháls
    Leaving Þórsmörk we cross the river Krossá on a footbridge entering the magic landscapes of Goðalönd – the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses, certainly fit for gods and humans alike. Even the elves have made themselves at home here. We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with views to the impressive mountain of Útigönguhöfði up to Morinsheiði heath. A the end of the Morinsheiði plateu we enjoy the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in March and early April 2010. The lava is all set with different outlets of fuming steam and decorated with green and yellow sulphur. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come again to the lava and then to the two craters Magni and Móði that erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajökull crater. We cross the brand new lava just at the foot of the magnificent red craters, through places were the lava is almost glowing warm inside the fissures and cracks on its surface. After crossing safely the lava we get a view to the lava and the craters from a hill on the other side, before crossing the néves of the high pass of Fimmvörðuháls, to get to the hut between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, where we set up for the night.

    Note: Because of difficult access to the hut for vehicles, we will send our extra luggage to the end of the trek at Skógar. Food and sleeping bags/blankets have been stored in the Fimmvörðuháls hut so we only need to carry our sleeping bag liner and toiletries for the night and a little bit of fresh food. 

    Distance: 12-14 km (7-9 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Ascent: 900 m (2953’)

    Day 7: Fimmvörðuháls- Skógar-Reykjavík
    After a night between the two glaciers we head down to Skógar. At the beginning, the path takes us over a desolate heath past an old hut that does not offer much shelter any more. We come to the Skógaá River and follow the river exploring its many hidden gorges, and waterfalls all the way to the famous Skógafoss waterfall. The river and its surroundings offer great scenery. The coast seems to be within arm´s reach and you can almost feel the surf on your cheeks. Arriving at Skógafoss, we hop on the scheduled bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal at 7:20 pm, where the trip ends. 

    Distance: 12-13km (7-8 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 1000 m (3280’)

    *All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. There are bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bed with a stranger.

  • 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:

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    • 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. Please note that the electricity is powered by solar sell so during rainy days it is not reliable 


    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 for extra 1.500 ISK pr. day.


    Meeting point and time

    • Meeting point is inside the BSI bus terminal  located in the city center of Reykjavík. 
    • 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 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.
    • If you have arranged a pick up through our company, you will be picked up from your accommodation between 6:45 and 7:00 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 for the first 5 days.
    • 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 7 days, food for 7 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 7), transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage during the first 5 days.
    • 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 for the first 5 days.


    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 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 7:00 am.


    General info

    • The tour ends at the Reykjavík BSI bus terminal at 7:20 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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    23.07 - 29.07 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    30.07 - 05.08 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    06.08 - 12.08 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    13.08 - 19.08 2018 Confirmed Departure English/French Select
    20.08 - 26.08 2018 Confirmed Departure English Select
    27.08 - 02.09 2018 Confirmed Departure English/French Select

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