Laugavegur - light and fast - IMGR31

Tour type: Lightweight and fast backpacking trek from hut to hut




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Adult: 99900

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What's included: Qualified hiking guide for 3 days; food included from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3; transportation in a scheduled bus at the beginning and end of the trek; accommodations are in a mountain hut.

Duration: 3 days, trek for 2 days

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Meeting point: The tour starts and ends at the BSI bus terminal. Pick up and drop off at your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik can be added

Group size: 4 to 12 participants

Language: English

Note: This tour is for people in good physical shape ready for long hikes at a relatively fast pace.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The natural wonders of the Laugavegur hiking trail
    • Pack in all of the trail highlights in two days
    • 5 hrs. hike in Landmannalaugar 
    • Small group

    If you are the sporty type that is short on time but is still keen on trekking the famous Laugavegur trail, then this is the tour for you!

    Within 2 days, this fantastic trail will take you through the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar, which is surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains, and the beautiful oasis of Þórsmörk valley, which is located between three glaciers.  The hikes are 28 and 26 km long without technical difficulties (there are some shallow rivers to cross). The maximum ascent is around 470 m and the maximum descent is around 490 m. During the hike you will carry your own sleeping bag, extra clothes, some food supplies and your lunch pack, but your backpack should not weigh more than 8 - 10 kg for this short tour. 

    A fast and sporty way to discover the magnificent landscapes of Laugavegur!

    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. 

    Total walking distance: 56 km. (35 miles)
    Altitude: 200-1100 m. (650-3600 feet)
    Maximum Ascent: 600 m. (1900 feet)

    Included: Guide for 3 days, food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3, transportation to and from Reykjavík by scheduled bus, and mountain hut fees.

    Minimum age: 16 years 

    *About the mountain huts: All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have dormitories with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.

    You can add a pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavík at the beginning and end of the tour for 5.000 ISK.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1:  Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar
    The adventure begins with a bus ride from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar. Along the way we will pass by the world renown Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a picnic style lunch.  Once we have finished fueling our bodies, we set out for a 4-5 hour hike up Mount Bláhnjúkur. After reaching its peak, we are rewarded with stunning views of the multicolor landscape surrounding the mountain. After our descent, we have the chance to dip into a natural hot spring for a warm, relaxing bath.  A hearty dinner awaits us after the bath and we have a cozy overnight stay in the Landmannalaugar hut.

    Day 2: Landmanalaugar- Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn-Hvanngil
    We start the day off with an early morning departure. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges to the Hrafntinnusker hut. From there, we descend into the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. As we ascend from the steamy gullies, we enjoy fascinating views of Swan Lake, a gorgeous lake to the south in the Álftavatn area, and views of the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In late the afternoon we arrive at Hvanngil hut where we stay the night.
    Trekking Distance: 28 km
    Walking time: 8-9 hrs.
    Descent: 490 m (1610')

    Day 3: Hvanngil – Emstrur – Þórsmörk
    On the last day we trek along the foot of the green conic volcano Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region, where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon, which is cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell. We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the striking Mýrdalsjökull glacier stands only a couple of kilometers away. As we descend into Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor), the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher into green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. We arrive in Þórsmörk in time to catch the evening bus back to Reykjavík at 20:40. The bus is scheduled to arrive at the Central bus station (BSI) at 23:45.
    Trekking Distance: 26 km
    Walking time: 8-9 hrs
    Descent: 40 m (130 ')

    It is possible to add one night in Þórsmörk (contact us for availability) and take the afternoon bus next day back to Reykjavik. Þórsmörk offers endless hiking possibilities and it is also a good place to rest and enjoy the magnificent sceneries of the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

    *All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group. 

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