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Trek the Laugavegur Trail in Iceland: The Hut-to-Hut Edition

5 nights
Challenging

Tackle Iceland's legendary trek, hiking through 55km of multi-coloured mountains, thermal pools, glaciers and volcanic slopes

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking guides

All accommodation

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

Meals

5 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 dinners

Transfers

Transfers between Reykjavik and the Laugavegur trailhead (and back)

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 16 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.8
| 59 reviews
An incredible landscape with equally incred...
November 2023
Jamie
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
November 2023
George
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
November 2023
George
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
November 2023
George
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
November 2023
George
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
November 2023
George
Amazing scenery all along the way. A must f...
November 2023
Sara
Amazing scenery all along the way. A must f...
November 2023
Sara
Amazing scenery all along the way. A must f...
November 2023
Sara
Amazing scenery all along the way. A must f...
November 2023
Sara
Absolutely loved this trip, so beautiful. D...
June 2023
Naomi
Absolutely loved this trip, so beautiful. D...
June 2023
Naomi
The Laugavegur Trail was one of the most im...
June 2023
Laura
The Laugavegur Trail was one of the most im...
June 2023
Laura
The Laugavegur Trail was one of the most im...
June 2023
Laura
The Laugavegur Trail was one of the most im...
June 2023
Laura
The Laugavegur Trail was one of the most im...
June 2023
Laura
My first solo adventure trip and it was inc...
September 2022
Alex
My first solo adventure trip and it was inc...
September 2022
Alex
My first solo adventure trip and it was inc...
September 2022
Alex
My first solo adventure trip and it was inc...
September 2022
Alex
My first solo adventure trip and it was inc...
September 2022
Alex
A once-in-a-lifetime amazing experience, I...
September 2022
Jennifer
A once-in-a-lifetime amazing experience, I...
September 2022
Jennifer
A once-in-a-lifetime amazing experience, I...
September 2022
Jennifer
A spectacular trek, well organised, expertl...
September 2022
Viv
A spectacular trek, well organised, expertl...
September 2022
Viv
A spectacular trek, well organised, expertl...
September 2022
Viv
I highly recommend this trip. Everything ra...
September 2022
Helen
I highly recommend this trip. Everything ra...
September 2022
Helen

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

Enjoy the pristine silence of Álftavatn and the undulating ‘Valley of Thor' before finishing beneath the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano

Thanks to this uncompromising scenery, the trek is included in National Geographic's '20 Best Hikes in the World'

Want to get even wilder? Check out our camping edition of the Laugavegur Trail to sleep out in the elements as you go

Key Information

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

Driving

4.5hrs

Hiking

4-5hrs · 12km · 588m up · 166m down

Grab an early breakfast and then catch a bus 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, steadily climbing past sulphur vents and yellow mountain ridges (yes, we mean yellow) before descending to steaming hot springs. 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 across dark volcanic plains stretching towards the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. Make your way to Álftavatn hut beside 'Swan Lake' where you can rest up and reflect on an epic day's 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 and negotiate a few river crossings 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 Markarfljót canyon, cut almost 200m down into the rocks, and then continue on 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 Eyjafjallajökull 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.

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 in one of a selection of 3* star hotels dotted around the centre of Reykjavik. Depending on availability it'll be either the Hotel Leifur Eiriksson, or one of the Fosshotel Baron, Fosshotel Lind or Fosshotel Raudará. They are all similarly located, a stone's throw from bars and cafes in the heart of Reykjavik. You'll stay in twin-share rooms as standard, with private bathrooms.

The trek

During the hike, you’ll stay in classic Icelandic mountain huts in mixed dormitory-style accommodation. Due to their remote locations, the huts are basic, so it's good to prepare yourself for the simple comfort levels while you are on the trek. The huts have basic amenities, such as cold running water, furnaces for heating and gas stoves for cooking but there's no electricity for charging devices. Showers are available in all but the first hut for a fee of around ISK 500 for 5 minutes. Toilets are generally housed in separate huts. The surrounding scenery, however, is nothing short of epic.

Upgrades

For solo travellers wanting their own space, there is the option to upgrade to a private room if you would like to do so, subject to availability. See Optional Extras for prices. Note this only covers your nights in Reykjavik - there are no solo rooms available in the mountain huts on the Laugavegur trail.

If you'd like to extend your stay in Iceland your host can also help to arrange extra nights' accommodation in Reykjavik before or after the tour (subject to availability). Prices are available on request from your host.

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Reykjavik accommodation

Flexible - arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Reykjavik City Centre

Flexible - depart any time on Day 6

Transfers

Your adventure starts at your hotel in downtown Reykjavik. When you arrive at Keflavik Airport you'll need to hop on one of the frequent Flybus services operated in connection with all arriving flights at Keflavik Airport. You can buy a ticket in advance on the Flybus website or at the Flybus desk in the Keflavik terminal - tickets cost £20/€24/$27 each way. The bus is very easy to find right outside the arrival terminal - just look for signs for Flybus. Your host will provide details on where you need to get off the bus and how to find your hotel in the pre-departure information you are sent prior to travelling to Iceland.

Travel options

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

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What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Trekking backpack 50-75 litres (you'll need to leave 8-10 litres of space for group food)
  • Waterproof liner for backpack

Clothes

  • Hiking boots (worn-in, waterproof and with ankle support)
  • Long-sleeved thermal tops / breathable wicking layers (wool or synthetic)
  • T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Lightweight hiking trousers/shorts (quick-drying, e.g. softshell)
  • Waterproof jacket with hood (windproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Waterproof trousers (windproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or similar)
  • Gaiters (optional but recommended for June/early July departures)
  • Lightweight down/synthetic fill jacket
  • Lightweight gloves (wool or synthetic)
  • Underwear
  • Hiking socks (2-3 pairs, wool or synthetic)
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Swimwear (for thermal pools)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Sandals/beach shoes/old trainers for crossing rivers, and a pair or neoprene socks
  • Clothes and shoes/sandals for the evenings in the huts

Other

  • Lightweight sleeping bag (the huts are heated so no extreme temperature rating is required)
  • Sleeping bag liner (optional)
  • Pillowcase (stuff your down jacket inside to make a pillow)
  • Eyemask
  • Walking poles (optional but recommended, with rubber tips to protect the environment)
  • Lunchbox
  • Reusable water bottle x 1 ltr (2 of these if you have room)
  • Water purification tablets/treatment system
  • Headtorch (especially for late August departures)
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger (small solar cells tend not to work too well in Icelend so a power bank if preferable)
  • 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
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Sleeping bag hire

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Optional Private Room Upgrade

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Optional Private Room Upgrade

Simon W.(July 2024)
Amazing few days hiking. One

Amazing few days hiking. One of the best holidays I've ever taken. The landscapes are gorgeous and utterly breathtaking. The accommodation and food is a little basic, but it's decided better than a tent, and absolutely what you should expect from the description on the website! Our guide was brilliant. Kept the group together well and was super knowledgeable on the geography and geology.

Philip S.(July 2024)
Laugavegur

The quality of the scenery is absolutely first class and dwarfs other issues.

The logistics worked well and the guide, Palli, was pleasant and capable.

On the opportunity side, there was an absence of generosity in the food and drink provision given the high price of the tour. It was very disappointing that two of the three evening meals were dehydrated food eaten straight from the pack. It would only have taken a little imagination to bring the ingredients promised in MBA’s marketing (pasta, lentils, salmon etc) that would have made the evenings much more fun. Our party would have been more than happy to share the cooking.

It is also worth noting that the success of the trip is very conditional upon the fifteen members of the team moving at the same pace. In our case, this was not an issue but I have heard reports of one or two slow, unfit or injured trekkers causing enormous problems for the guide, who would be quickly be spread too thin.

Despite these observations, I do not regret going on the tour at all. The geology of Iceland is so spectacular that the trek is still an unmissable experience. A little more investment by MBA/Iceland Mountain Guides would , however, make a big difference to customer satisfaction and risk management. I wonder if they will rise to this challenge.

Matthew F.(July 2024)
A life changing trip

What a perfect week we had. Four totally different days with changing landscape, fauna and weather. We were so lucky that it never rained. A perfect sized group, five hikers with our guide Solvi and his wife. Solvi was absolutely fantastic. Always willing to help and advise, happy to,point out interesting geographical features and served up that night. Our group all got on so well right from the start with lots of laughs and one deeper conversations. I had no issues with the huts.They were all warm and well fitted out. It was great to see them at the end of a days hike. It really is a bewildering, beautiful landscape, one that’s hard to take in at times. Photos cannot do it justice. The Much Better Adventures team had excellent communications before and after the trip, accommodation at the hotel before and after was spot on and we were all sad when it was all over. It was tough and the toughness created lifelong bonds between all of us. A fantastic experience with great memories to look back on. Highly recommended.

Vjlee00(June 2024)
Loved it!!!

Iceland is beautiful and I loved this trip! Our guide, Palli did a wonderful job guiding us and he even cooked a delicious meal for us on the last day. i would highly recommend this trip to anyone considering!!

Thomas G.(June 2024)
Amazing trip

An absolutely amazing trip, the views are even better than the pictures.

Declan(November 2023)

The views were spectacular.The trail wasn’t too challenging but enough with a large pack.Our was excellent,but the mountain huts are a let down with no electricity in any of them and no showers in the first hut which also had us sleeping with a mattress on the floor and we’ll crammed in.

Diana(November 2023)

A wonderful experience, especially with the local guides

Alex(November 2023)

Absolutely gorgeous views, led by a fantastic local guide. Highly recommended for anyone wanting to truly experience Iceland.

Jamie(November 2023)
An incredible landscape with equally incred...

An incredible landscape with equally incredible people. A trip I will remember forever!

John(November 2023)

Excellent trip, outstanding scenery and nice locals. However its the third most expensive country in the world and theres better value trips elsewhere invthe world!

George(November 2023)
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...
Great hike with spectacular views. Local gu...

Great hike with spectacular views. Local guide Palli was great. The hike itself is not too challenging and could be cut down to a day less. Overall an amazing trip, with a great group.

Sara(November 2023)
Amazing scenery all along the way. A must f...