Hiking, Landmannalaugar, highlands

Laugavegur Highland Walking Trail

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  • Price

    From £1,275

  • Duration

    6 nights

  • Departures

    Jun - Sep

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One of the most popular walking trails in Iceland, the Laugavegur route stretches from the famous Landmannalaugar thermal pools, across the rugged highlands of Iceland and into the verdant green valley of Thorsmork. On this small guided group trek there are hot springs, rugged glaciers, colourful rhyolite mountains, immense waterfalls, volcanic ash deserts, deep canyons and panoramic views.

Who for? Those looking for diverse landscapes and scenic views - this trek has it all! 


  • exploring truly remote areas only accessible on foot
  • Landmannalaugar's steaming hot springs
  • spectacular central Icelandic highlands
  • lush Thorsmork valley and 'Thor's Wood' which was deeply affected by the Eyjafjallajokull eruption in May 2010 - witness the power of the planet first hand

On this 5-day trek, with the support of a 4x4 transfer for food and equipment, enjoy the company of between 4-14 fellow hikers in total, staying in tents en route. Group participation is required in putting up the tents, cooking and general 'housekeeping' duties whilst on the trek - a fun and rewarding experience all round!

Other Treks to Consider
Mt Hekla to the Ocean Trek is a 6-day trek taking in the Icelandic highlands.

Summary itinerary (Days 2 - 6 will be operated in reverse for those arriving in Iceland on a Thursday)

Day 1 fly from the UK to Keflavik and transfer by bus to your hotel in Reykjavik for an overnight stay.
Day 2 Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar
Day 3 Landmannalaugar - Alftavatn 24 km
Day 4 Alftavatn - Emstrur (Botnar) 16 km
Day 5 Emstrur (Botnar) - Thorsmork 15 km Day 6 Thorsmork - Reykjavik
Day 7 transfer by bus from your hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport in time for your flight back to the UK.

Total trekking distance: 55 km ♦
Values shown are combined ascent/descent


Day 1 UK-Keflavik-Reykjavik fly from the UK to Keflavik and transfer by bus to your hotel in Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 2 Reykjavik-Landmannalaugar
join your walking companions in Reykjavik (transfer from city centre hotels is included) and head deep into the highlands to the mountains of Landmannalaugar (approx. 600m above sea level). Enroute visit Hjalparfoss waterfall and head into the small canyon at Gjain, covered in lush angelica foliage. The drive into the countryside takes in Mt Hekla, Iceland's most active volcano and known as the 'Gateway to Hell'! A stop will be made at Ljotipollur crater which offers great views over the rolling mountains and glaciers. Upon arrival at Landmannalaugar spend the afternoon exploring and making the most of the naturally warm river that runs beside the campsite - make sure you pack your swim suit!

Day 3 Landmannalaugar-Alftavatn (24km, approx. 8-10 hrs travelling time, 900m ♦) today's section of the trek involves a walk through the remarkably stark and dramatic landscape towards the lovely lake of Alftavatn. An early morning start out from the campsite into the rough lava field of Laugahraun. Continue upwards to the colourful mountain of Brennisteinsalda, from which the walk emerges onto a plateau. Due to the topography, today will involve crossing small gullies and streams (prepare to get your feet wet!) At this altitude, there will likely be patches of snow to cross. Enjoy lunch at Hrafntinnusker, where there is a mountain hut and marvel at the obsidian rock which litters the area. After lunch walk through the hilly Reykjafjoll area, crossed by a multitude of streams, to Jokultungur. The landscape will now consist of dark tuff mountains and glaciers, with little vegetation. Descend steep slopes into a green oasis on the north shore of Lake Alftavatn; tonight's campsite.

Day 4 Highlands (16km, approx. 6-7 hrs travelling time, 40m ♦) today's route heads towards the moody Emstrur desert - a vast area covered in sooty volcanic ash. An easier day, starting with crossing Bratthals' hills and heading east towards Hvanngil gorge, and crossing the Bratthalskvisl river on foot. Traverse further rivers at Kaldaklofskvisl and Blafjallakvisl before heading towards the campsite at Emstrur. Enjoy an optional post-dinner walk to the unbelievable Markarfjlotsgljufur canyon, 200m deep.

Day 5 Thorsmork (15km, approx. 6-7 hrs travelling time, 300m ♦)
the forested valley of Thorsmork has been dramatically altered by the May 2010 Eyjafjallajokull eruption. Enjoy views of one of the world's newest lava fields, in this area where you will find three seracs. Start the day with a walk down to the Sydri Emstrua river, carefully crossing the bridge. Continue south to an area known as Almenningar; characterised by gentle streams covered with arctic birch and flora. Enjoy another 'refreshing' and slighly more demanding crossing on foot of the Thronga river, into the valley of Thorsmork. Follow the route for a further 40 mins to the Langidalur hut and then on to the campsite at Basar, where we'll spend the night.

Day 6 Return to Reykjavik a final day in the other-worldly countryside landscape, before returning to civilisation. Midday transfer back to your choice of hotel in Reykjavik (arriving at around dinner time). The morning is free to enjoy the wooded valley of Thorsmork, named after the Norse God of Thunder. Perhaps take a short hike up the slopes of Mount Valahnukur, which at 500m offers breathtaking views of the whole area and the glaciers.

Day 7 Reykjavik-Keflavik-UK transfer by bus from your hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport in time for your flight back to the UK.

se note

  • This is an escorted trek, therefore luggage is transferred between campsites in superjeeps.
  • Exact route and itinerary is subject to change according to the most favourable weather and walking conditions.
  • Ascent/descent, distances and times are approximate.
  • There is a wide selection of accommodation in Reykjavik - call us to discuss your choice of hotel.

Prices are in £ per person

2015 Prices
from £1275 per person  

2015 Departures
14, 21, 28 June*
5, 12, 19, 26 July
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 August
6 September*

Prices include
accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis in Reykjavik for 1 night before and after the trek, full board basis for 5 days/4 nights (except breakfast on day one and dinner on the last day of the trek); bus transportation as per itinerary, 4x4 jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites, tents & cooking gear.

Prices exclude return flights between UK and Iceland, rental of mattresses, sleeping bags and pillows (can be rented/prepaid in advance - please contact us).

Important note
this tour operates on minimum numbers. Please see our booking conditions for more details. The tours will run with a minimum 4 persons / maximum 14 persons (*June & September departures minimum 6 persons). All Thursday departures will be operated with the itinerary on days 2-6 flowing in reverse order.

Airfares between UK and Iceland are quoted separately to ensure you the best price and are not included in prices. find out more »

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