Laugavegur Trail

Laugavegur Trail Self Guided

Discover the most famous trail in Iceland and enjoy it your way. A once in a lifetime experience!

Tour code: IMGS31

Laugavegur Trail Self Guided
Price from: 87.000  ISK

Explore Landmannalaugar To Þórsmörk At Your Own Pace

Trek along the famous Laugavegur trail at a speed that you choose. Our self-guided version of this classic hike allows for you to have an adventure that few others experience on this same route. As you traverse from Landmannalaugar’s bubbling geothermal area to the lush, green Þórsmörk valley, you are setting the pace. Trek fast, if it suits you, or slow down and really enjoy the magnificent nature around you. Either way, you will encounter yellow rhyolite mountains, black sand deserts, great canyons, volcanoes and more. See for yourself why National Geographic has named this classic trail one of the best in the world.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    BSI Bus terminal at 7:30

  • Group size

    2 - 8 participants

  • Language

    Travel documents are in English

  • Accommodation

    Mountain hut

  • Transport

    Public bus

  • Walkin per day

    4 - 7 hrs

  • Total Distance

    56 km (35 mi)

  • Max Ascent

    600 m (1900 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Availability

    Jun - Sept

  • Duration

    5 days

  • 7

    Minimum age:

    7 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  • Transport from and to Reykjavik at the beginning and end of trek
  • Detailed information pack including self-guided walking-route, notes and maps

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag, can be added in booking process
  • Showers in huts (payable on site)
  • Food during the trip, food pack can be added
  • Transfer of luggage, can be added

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Food pack with easily prepared food

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Laugavegur Trail Self Guided

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

Hut Itinerary: Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker
You will take the public scheduled bus 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. The bus leaves at 08:00 from Reykjavík. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, it is ideal to have lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes you past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges.  Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut in the late afternoon, were you will stay the night,.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4 - 5 hrs
Ascent: 470 m (1540 ft)

Day 2

Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn

Hut Itinerary: Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn
From Hrafntinnusker you descend down into the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there you enjoy fascinating views southwards to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon you arrive at Álftavatn hut where you stay the night.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4 - 5 hrs
Descent: 490 m (1610 ft)

 

Day 3

Álftavatn - Emstur

You pass the foot of the green conic volcano Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, you enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where you stay the night, you can visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon, cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi)
Walking time:
6 - 7 hrs
Descent:
40 m (130 ft)

Day 4

Emstur-Þórsmörk

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 you descend into Þórsmörk's green valleys (the woods of Thor), filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Accommodation in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs
Descent: 300 m (985 ft)

Day 5

Þórsmörk-Reykjavík

You spend the morning in Þórsmörk with a possibility of walking along one of its numerous paths. For example, visit the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”) or climb the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent views can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus back to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Central bus Station at around 19:30.

Please note

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

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
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Practical Information

The trek suites those who are physically active and have some background in basic travelling in mountainous terrain with a backpack. 6 - 7 hrs walks per day. The trail is well marked so the navigation is easy. The main difficulty is to cross rivers. You will get some advises about this in the roadbook.

The huts can accommodate between 52-75 people in different dormitories. You will need to share rooms with others. They are basic but they are heated are equipped with gas stoves, kitchen utensils and running cold water and the toilets are in separate huts. Please note that the huts no not serve any meals or drinks. There are showers available in all huts except for the first night for 500 ISK per 5 minutes (payable by cash or card).

Please make sure your flight arrives at least the day before the departure as the bus leaves from Reykjavik at 8 am. You will not return to Reykjavik untill the evening on day 5 so you should not book your flight the day you return to Reykjavík.

If you want to camp instead of sleeping in a dormitory you can always bring your own tent and book luggage transport with us. We can provide luggage transport on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Please note that the luggage transport vehicle will leave from BSI bus terminal at 7:30 and the first hut/camp is in Hrafntinnusker. It will not go bring the luggage to Landmannalaugar.

The price per bag of up to 18 kg is 30.000 ISK for the following luggage transport:

Day 1: Reykjavik BSI bus terminal – Hrafntinnusker

Day 2: Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn

Day 3: Álftavatn – Emstrur

Day 4: Emstrur – Thormsörk.   

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

  • 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, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable.
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland, poncho is not useful because of wind.
  • Gloves – Wool or synthetic 2 pairs of different thickness.
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
  • Swimwear if you want to bathe in the hot geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar.
  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
  • Day backpack for extra clothes and lunch pack 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. A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated.
  • Towel – light weight and packable.
  • Sunglasses & sun protection.
  • Water container – thermos flask, water bottle 0.5 – 1L. or camelbak.
  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
  • 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, soap etc.
  • Earplugs.
  • Lunch box
  • Walking pole(s). To preserve the vulnerable nature please keep the rubber tip protectors on.
  • Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland, so a pre-charged power bank is a better option. Charging your electronics in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Having converters adapters for 220 V and/or USB will help.
  • Gaiters (recommended for departures in June and early July).
  • Pocket knife.
  • Sun/rain hat or a cap. Shorts.
  • Small thermal mat (to sit on for lunch breaks).
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
  • Slippers for indoor use.
  • Pillow or pillow case (to wrap around your warm sweater or down jacket for a pillow).
  • Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel.
  • Cash– for the showers, a shower normally costs about 500 ISK.
  • Book - to read during the evenings.
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits: Liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol in most places you come by on your trip in the highlands. So, having a flask (preferably plastic or metal) to share with your fellow travels in front of the camp fire (gas heater) can be the crowning of a good day. You can take care of this in the duty-free up on arrival in Iceland if you like. Just follow all the Icelanders on your flight, they will take you straight to duty-free!