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Trek the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland

Tackle Iceland's classic hut-to-hut trek - 55km of multi-coloured mountains, gorges, glaciers and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

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Trek the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland

Tackle Iceland's classic hut-to-hut trek - 55km of multi-coloured mountains, gorges, glaciers and the Eyjafjallajökull volcano

DURATION
5 nights
LOCATION
Iceland
ANNUAL LEAVE
3 days off work
SEASON
Jun—Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 16 people
MEETING POINT
Keflavik International Airport, Iceland
ACCOMMODATION
Hotel · Mountain hut · Guesthouse
DIFFICULTY
Challenging

You should be comfortable hiking for 5-7 hours carrying your own kit so decent fitness and broken-in hiking boots are a must.

COVID-19 Information

Our local host has provided some important information about any changes to the trip, and additional safety measures in place, as a result of COVID-19.

Our COVID-19 Policy

Trek through one of the world’s most iconic landscapes, including the otherworldly Landmannalaugar mountains, a multi-coloured geological wonder

Stay in atmospheric mountain huts and finish in the beautiful valley of Þórsmörk - 'The Valley of Thor' - beneath the active volcano Eyjafjallajökull

Included in National Geographic's, '20 Best Hikes in the World'

Included

Guides

Expert, English-speaking guides

Accommodation

2 nights in a Reykjavik guesthouse and 3 nights in mountain huts

Meals

3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners

Transfers

Airport transfers to and from Keflavik Airport

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Some meals as described

Some equipment

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Keflavik Airport

Flexible - arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Reykjavik City Centre

Flexible - depart any time on Day 6

Transfers

Your host will pick you up on arrival on Day 1. All flights will be met and you'll be taken to the hotel. There's no transfer included at the end. However regular buses run from the city to the airport and taxis are also easy to arrange, so depart whenever you are ready.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Iceland from airports across the UK and Europe.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 4

Mountain hut · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

During the trek, the emphasis will be on lightweight meals prepared by the trip leader with some help from the group. For dinner expect soups, pasta with smoked salmon, couscous, sausages and freeze-dried meals. Breakfasts will consist of muesli, porridge, crispbread, swiss miss, tea and coffee. For packed lunches you'll make sandwiches from various ingredients, including Icelandic flatbread, pâté, salami, cheese, peanut butter, smoked salmon. Snack items include biscuits, dried fruit, nuts, chocolate, fruits and energy bars. Vegans and vegetarians can be accommodated on this trek. Please let your host know in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Reykjavik

Before and after the trek you'll stay at Snorri’s Guesthouse; a friendly, family owned place conveniently located in the city center. The guesthouse is only a few minutes from the Fly-Bus, coach and bus terminals.

The trek

During the hike you’ll stay in classic Icelandic mountain huts in mixed dormitory style accommodation. Many have basic amenities, such as furnaces for heating and gas stoves for cooking, but the surrounding scenery is nothing short of epic.

Day 1

Reykjavik

Head to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. After checking into your guesthouse, set off and explore the city’s huge array of quaint bars, cafes, art museums and churches.

Day 2

Landmannalaugar

Hiking

4-5hrs · 12km · 588m up · 166m down

Grab an early breakfast and then drive to the trailhead at Landmannalaugar, passing through the Dómadalur area along the way, home to several active volcanoes. Grab some lunch and then set off on one of the world’s great hikes - the Laugavegur Trail. The trail immediately winds through small gorges, past steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Yes, we mean yellow. Reach Hrafntinnusker mountain hut late in the afternoon and after dinner in this spectacular location, spend the night surrounded by nature at its wildest.

Day 3

Álftavatn (Swan Lake)

Hiking

4-5hrs · 12km · 171m up · 617m down

From Hrafntinnusker, descend into the gullies of Jökultungur, home to hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. As the trail turns south, prepare yourself for some spectacular views of the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. Make your way to Álftavatn hut where you can rest up and reflect on an epic days trekking.

Day 4

Ancient volcanoes and black deserts

Hiking

6-7hrs · 16km · 258m up · 345m down

Skirt the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before approaching the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. From this strange and mesmerising landscape, head towards another ancient volcano, the Hattfell, before entering the pasturelands of the Emstrur region. Take a short detour to visit the magnificent Markarfljótcanyon, cut almost 200m down into the rocks, and then continue om to the Botnar mountain hut, where you'll spend the night.

Day 5

The finish line at Þórsmörk

Hiking

6-7hrs · 17km · 412m up · 686m down

Hike the final stretch of the Laugavegur Trail through the undulating valleys and gullies of Emstrur, with the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier only a few kilometres away. Reach the trek's climactic finish beneath the shadow of Eyjafjallajökul volcano and soak up the fact that you've just completed one of the world’s great treks before hopping on a bus back to Reykjavik.

Day 6

Time to head home

Check out of the guesthouse and either explore some more of the land of ice and fire or head back to the airport in time for your flight home.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Trekking backpack 50-75 litres
  • Waterproof liner for backpack

Clothes

  • Hiking boots (worn-in)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Lightweight down/synthetic fill jacket
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts / skirts
  • T-shirts, underwear & socks
  • Swimwear (for thermal pools)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sandals/jelly shoes/beach shoes for crossing rivers

Other

  • Lightweight sleeping bag
  • Eyemask
  • Lunchbox
  • Headtorch
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel Insurance documents
  • Earplugs
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Reusable water bottle x1 ltr (2 of these if you have room)
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system

For up to date advice on the entry requirements related to COVID-19, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

You'll need to have good fitness levels for this trek. You'll be hiking for 5-7 hours each day on 4 consecutive days of hiking. The route isn’t overly technical and doesn’t reach high altitudes, so beginner hikers will be fine - providing you have good fitness levels and a pair of broken in hiking boots!

Yes. This is a hut-to-hut trek through the Icelandic wilderness, so there is no luggage transport available. You will carry your own luggage and the food supplies will also be divided equally. Please leave around 8-10 litres of free space in your backpack for food. A 50-75 litre backpack is generally fine on this trek.

In short ever-changing and awesome. It is sometimes a bit rocky but very accessible for those used to hiking over uneven terrain. You will need to cross rivers almost every day and the water level can fluctuate due to seasonal conditions - from stone to stone to get to the other side, to full on wading. Neoprene socks and sandals or neoprene shoes (beach shoes) are the best choice to bring along and trekking poles might also come in handy. Your guide can provide you with advice. For those bringing their phone, connection can be unstable and you might need to hike up the nearest hilltop to find a network. There's no WiFi in any of the huts, but you might be able to connect to 4G in some, as well as in places along the trail.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

As the old Iceland saying goes, “If you don’t like the weather, wait 5 minutes”. Icelandic weather is famously fickle so you’ll need to prepare for anything - from balmy all-day sunshine in the mid-twenties, to wind, rain - and everything in between! This is all part of the adventure, but be sure to pack good waterproofs in case the rain gods come calling. Remember that in Iceland summer means nearly 24 hours of daylight, so don’t forget your eye mask!

There are luggage lockers at BSI central station near where you take the bus to Landmannalaugar. ALternatively there are four centrally located places in Reykjavik where you can store luggage. Speak to your host about the options, or you can pre-book here.

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

For current advice about travelling in Iceland, have a read of the UK Foreign Office pages here.

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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