Laugavegur Trek – Four Day Family Tour

Tour details:

Operator: Arctic Adventures

Location: Suðurland

Difficulty: Moderate

Price from: ISK 155,990

Category: SKU: 12b42fcfa137


We start in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland, and make our way south through the Highlands. On the way lies fields of obsidian, red and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers.

We stop at different areas each night hiking from hut to hut and ending in Thorsmork, a green valley nestled under the famous glacier Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjokull. All meals are included and your guide is there to provide local information and assistance.

The Laugavegur trail together with Fimmvörðuhals pass was chosen one of “20 Best Hikes in the world” by National Geographic.


Day 1

Reykjavik – Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker

The tour starts by the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti at 7.00 a.m. Vonarstræti is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavík. We also offer pick up at your door for a small fee. The drive to Landmannalaugar takes about 3-4 hours; we will drive along the beautiful south coast and turn inland to pass Iceland´s most active volcano, Hekla. Our hike starts in the beautiful highlands of Landmannalaugar. As we walk through this geothermal wonderland, guests can expect to witness unbelievably colorful vibrant mountains and steaming hot springs. We walk by the beautiful hot spring, Stórihver, before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We spend the night in a hut in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote spots in Iceland.

(Lunch, refreshments, dinner)

Driving time 3 – 4 hours

Distance 12 km (7.5 mi)

Walking time 4 – 5 hours

Ascent 470 m (1540 ‘)

Day 2

Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn (Whooper Swan Lake)

After breakfast in the hut we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjöll mountains and then descend into the Jökultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. From the top of Jökultungur there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and lake Álftavatn which is our next overnight stop. Before reaching Álftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night in a hut by the beautiful lake.

(Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, dinner)

Distance 12 km (7.5 mi)

Walking time 4 – 5 hours

Descent 490 m (1610′)

Day 3

Álftavatn Lake – Emstrur

We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and into the black desert of Mælifellssandur. On our way we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is a chance to enjoy the view on Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers.

Just before reaching the hut in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljótsgljúfur, almost 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljót. We will spend the night in the hut in a little green oasis, a welcoming sight after walking through the black sands.

(Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, dinner)

Distance 15 km (9.5 mi)

Walking time 6 – 7 hours

Descent 40 m (130 ‘)

Day 4

Emstrur – Þórsmörk Valley – Reykjavik

We leave Emstrur behind and continue on our way to Þórmörk along the canyons. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast.

We walk at the foot of the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley situated between the rivers Krossa, Thronga and Markarfljot; offers a beautiful mountain view on volcanic glaciers Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull.

We return to Reykjavík in the evening at around 22:00. We will stop at the Tourist Information office on Vonarstræti, situated in the center of the city. From there, it’s easy and convenient to catch a taxi or local bus, otherwise drop off at your accommodation can be purchased together with your tour.

(Breakfast, lunch)

Distance 15 km (9.5 mi)

Walking time 6 – 7 hours

Descent 300 m (985 ‘)

Driving time 3 – 3.5 hours


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