Hike and Wild Camp in Iceland's Valley of Thor

Discover stunning landscapes as you trek the hidden highlands and wild camp in the Valley of Thor.

  • Iceland
  • May
  • Keflavik International Airport, Keflavik (KEF)

You’re about to embark on a trip that will take you across some of the most incredible, awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet.

From the iconic Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail to the more secluded terrain hidden deep in the highlands; you’ll adventure through bucket-list attractions and hidden gems alike, for 7 days.

Your expert guide will introduce you to the breathtaking mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and canyons you would be hard-pushed to find on a self-guided trip.

By night, you will wild camp beneath the stars by tranquil lakes and nestled in valleys along the way.

This unmissable experience includes:

  • 5 full days of hiking
  • 4 nights wild camping
  • 2 nights dorm accommodation at Midgard Base Camp
  • Local, certified hiking guide and Wilderness First Responder
  • Camping equipment (tent, mattress, stove & pots)
  • Luggage transport during 5 hiking days
  • All meals while camping (breakfasts, lunchboxes and dinners)
  • 2 breakfasts at Midgard Base Camp
  • Breakfast on arrival in Reykjavíkj
  • Local transfers
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, insurances and licenses relative to the trip

Perfect for:
Adventurers who want to scratch the surface of Iceland before breaking through to discover the hidden gems it has to offer.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to and from Keflavik airport
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance

This trip will run with a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 16.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

This trip includes moderate to intense physical activities. Expect to be active for 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.

Weather in the Icelandic highlands can be very unpredictable. Very strong winds with heavy rain, hail, fog and even snow can occur with little warning. That being said, during the summer the weather conditions tend to be good and you will experience 24 hours of daylight (July-August).

For breakfast, you can expect cereal, fresh fruits, cold meats and cheese.

Lunches during the hike will be packed lunches; sandwiches and snacks suitable for maintaining high energy levels.

In the evenings you will enjoy team-cooked barbeque and food delivered from the Midgard Base Camp Restaurant; expect warming soups and grilled meat dishes.

If you have any special requests, let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

  • 2-person tent
  • Mattress
  • Camping stove and pots
  • Comfortable clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Warm layers
  • Sleeping bag (available to hire)

Other recommendations are: - Camera - Mobile phone - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

Upon booking you will receive a detailed packing list.

Keflavik Airport (KEF) is served by regular inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

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Location

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With almost 24 hours of daylight during the summer, Reykjavík has truly become the city that never sleeps. Despite its relatively short history, Reykjavík is home to an array of museums and galleries, a number of award-winning restaurants and an impressive collection of places of historic significance.

The Laugavegur hiking trail is renowned for its stark beauty and extreme diversity. The route offers a geothermal multi-coloured wonderland, as it winds through black sand deserts, sparkling white glaciers, and lush birch forests.

Start point?
You will be met at Keflavik Airport (KEF). Your transfer will meet all flights scheduled to land by 07:00 or earlier. Alternatively, you can make arrangements to be met in the center of Reykjavik. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at Keflavik Airport (KEF). You are free to book any flight that departs after 15:00. You can also make arrangements to be dropped off at the Blue Lagoon Spa but please keep in mind that pre-booking is required. Your host will be in touch before your trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Keflavik Airport (KEF) is served by regular inexpensive flights. You can get any flight that suits you, but make sure they fit the times above to take advantage of the included transfers. Your host will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive at Midgard Base Camp

You’ll arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) before 07:00 to meet your guide and new hiking buddies.

From the airport, you’ll be transferred by minibus to Reykjavik where you’ll get to know one-another over breakfast before taking a stroll around the beautiful harbour and explore the charm of this amazing city.

In the afternoon you will take the scenic drive to Midgard Base Camp in Hvolsvollur, South of Reykjavik. On arrival, the preparation for your adventure begins; your guide will help you pack your backpack and get you fitted with all the gear you need before giving the group that all-important safety talk.

This evening, the excitement will build as you enjoy an Icelandic dinner at base camp and get to know the new friends you’ll be trekking with. Sing Icelandic songs, tell stories and get a good night’s rest before the epic adventure.

1.5-hour drive

Day 2: Laugavegurinn hike

Enjoy an early Icelandic breakfast at camp before travelling in style by super jeep, to the start point of today’s trek; just 15 minutes away at Hungurfit.

Today you’ll be hiking between 15-20 km off-the-beaten-track, through small creeks, mountains, hills, and canyons with very little foot traffic. Enjoy the serenity of untouched nature as your guide takes you a route few know exists.

Cross over from the unknown into the infamous as you reach Laugavegurinn hike; renowned worldwide for its extreme diversity and stark beauty, it’s considered one of the best hikes in Iceland.

Nearing the end of an epic first day, you’ll arrive at the deep and decorative Álftavatn lake, where you’ll set up camp for the night.

For your first dinner together this evening, it’s all hands on deck as you prepare a barbeque together as a group. After dinner you can make the most of the 20 hours of daylight; play games, chill-out, or even take an evening hike.

4-6 hours hiking

Day 3: Hike from Álftavatn to Emstrur

Wake to the call of the birds and enjoy your first breakfast in the Icelandic wilderness. After a tough first day, you’ll take things a little slower this morning and enjoy your scenic camp for a little while before starting the next chapter of this adventure.

Today you’ll hike 15-20 km from Álftavatn to Emstrur. As you cross rivers on foot, you’ll soon recognise the dramatic change in the landscape as you transition from dazzling fields and sparkling glaciers to traverse through the black sands of a volcanic desert.

Emstrur is a lush camping area and when you arrive you are likely to meet other fellow hikers. Get comfortable at camp and then take an evening hike to one of the most impressive gems – the Markarfljót canyon. Not the easiest to access, this stunning canyon has very few visitors but makes for some awesome photos.

A little treat tonight as dinner is delivered to camp from Midgard Base Camp Restaurant so you can just kick-back and enjoy.

4-6 hours hiking

Day 4: Hike from Emstrur to Þórsmörk

After a filling breakfast, get ready to enjoy another day of otherworldly landscapes as you take the 15-20 km hike from Emstrur to Þórsmörk.

Today, you’ll pass through a varied terrain of Icelandic forest, beautiful canyons, and small gorges before reaching Þórsmörk. This beautiful area is a green and fertile valley named after the Norse god Thor, and sits at the foot of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier.

The valley of Thor will be your campsite for the night; enjoy dinner and drinks around the bonfire as you unwind after yet another long hike.

4-6 hours hiking

Day 5: A Day of Rest

After 3 trekking-packed days, a day of relaxation is called for and where better to spend it then in the most beautiful valley in the South of Iceland.

The photo opportunities are endless as your camp sits perfectly sandwiched between glaciers and volcanoes; 2 newly formed craters from the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajokull are a spectacular sight to see.

Still feeling energetic? For those who want to keep their joints moving, there will be plenty of opportunities to take a good hike around the area and get a closer look.

Tonight is the last night of the trek, so make the most of the long daylight hours and the subsequent starry night sky, as you enjoy a group barbecue around the campfire.

Day 6: Fimmvörðuhals trail and Skogafoss waterfall

An early start today and a filling breakfast ahead of the last and most challenging part of the trek.

Today you’ll hike approximately 25km along the Fimmvörðuhals trail. The route is a spectacular one as it takes you through volcanoes, glaciers and over 20 waterfalls on your way to the iconic Skogafoss waterfall.

Your arrival at this breathtaking fall will be the perfect conclusion to your epic trek.

Once you’ve caught your breath and this moment on camera, you’ll be transferred back to Midgard Base Camp in Hvolsvöllur for some serious R and R; enjoy the rooftop hot tub and sauna and unwind after an incredible week of hiking through Iceland’s pristine nature.

Savour a homemade meal and celebrate your accomplishments with your new-found friends.

5-7 hours hiking, 1-hour drive

Day 7: Homeward-bound

You can enjoy a delicious breakfast at camp before the minibus takes you back to the airport for your forwarding journey home, where you can re-live the experience as you share your stories with friends and family.

2-hour drive

Accommodation

You will spend 4 nights wild camping at various locations along the trek including Álftavatn lake and the valley of Thor. You will be provided with a 2-person tent and comfortable mattress. Sleeping bags are not included but are available to hire should you choose not to bring your own.

You will also spend 2 nights at the Midgard Base Camp in a 6-bed dorm. Midgard Base Camp is a home-from-home modern centre with a very cosy, family feel and even offers a restaurant, café, bar, and rooftop hot tub and sauna.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Night Accommodation Payable Before Departure
Additional Night in Private Room £70.00
Additional Night in Dorm £60.00

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