Laugavegur Hiking Tour - 2021

Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk - the Laugavegur Trail. Iceland's most famous hiking trail Laugavegur is known worldwide for its astounding and breathtaking sceneries. Join us on this 4-day trekking adventure where we experience the highlands of Iceland and its diverse landscapes. Glaciers, bubbling hot springs, fields of lava, multi-colored mountains and much much more!
Iceland is a hiking paradise, and this guided trip offers you a chance to experience the best of a spectacular landscape. Staying in huts or tents and hiking along one of the most varied and spectacular trails in Iceland, you will have an unforgettable hiking trek.

Overview

Map for Laugavegur Hiking Tour - 2021 tour
  • Duration:4 days, 3 nights
  • Season:June 15 to September 17
  • Tour ID:LB13

Included

  • Transport from one of the meeting points stated in "Other info"
  • Guiding service
  • Accommodation in mountain huts(shared rooms) OR tents
  • Meals
  • Luggage transport from hut to hut

Not Included

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík and airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Special dietary requirements (available for an additional price)

Itinerary

Day 1. Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker



Your first packed hiking day takes you from the bustle of Reykjavík to an overnight stop in one of Iceland's most isolated huts. Your day's activity includes:

• Morning departure from Reykjavík. The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) by Tjörnin pond at 7.00 a.m. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and within walking distance from most hotels, hostels and guesthouses in central Reykjavik. You can also meet us at one of our other meeting points (see tour description).
• 3-4 hour bus ride to Landmannalaugar – with plenty to look at, including the volcano Hekla
• Hike from Landmannalaugar through beautiful landscape and incredible geothermal activity and hot springs
• Crossing Hrafntinnusker, a stunning obsidian desert
• Overnight stay in a remote hut in Hrafntinnusker

Distance: 12 kilometers
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Ascent: 470 meters


Day 2. Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn Lake



Your hiking tour continues through the heart of the Icelandic landscape. The highlights include:

• Hiking along the Reykjafjöll mountains
• Dropping down into the Jökultungur area – with lovely views over Fjallabak and colorful evidence of the area's geothermal activity
• The Álftavatn Lake – tonight's overnight stop (in a lakeside hut)

Distance: 12 kilometers
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Descent: 490 meters


Day 3. Álftavatn Lake - Emstrur



Another great hiking day in the Icelandic countryside, highlighting the incredible variety on offer: stream crossings, black deserts, glaciers, volcanoes and more. Today's journey includes:

• Great views of the volcanoes Stórasúla and Hattafell
• Crossing Mælifellssandur – the incredible black desert
• Views of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers from Emstrur
Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon – formed by Markarfljót, the glacial river
• Overnight stop in a hut in Botnar

Distance: 15 kilometers
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Descent: 40 meters


Day 4. Þórsmörk - Reykjavík



Your final hiking day takes you on to the truly beautiful valley of Þórsmörk, before heading back to Reykjavík. The last day of your Icelandic hiking experience includes:

• Passing the Mýrdalsjökull glacier
• Descending into Almenningar, towards the coast
• Getting up close to the mountain Einhyrningur
• Coming into the forest of birch trees in Þórsmörk's
• The natural delights of Þórsmörk with its views of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull

Distance: 15 kilometers
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Descent: 300 meters

The bus returns you to Reykjavík after four days of unforgettable memories of hiking in the heart of Iceland. We will be returning to Reykjavik at around 22:00 and offer drop off at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti.


Tour Dates

September 09, 2021 English Sold out Accommodation in mountain huts
September 10, 2021 English Sold out Accommodation in mountain huts
September 14, 2021 English Sold out Accommodation in mountain huts

Price Information

June 15, 2021 - September 17, 2021:
Price per person with accommodation in mountain huts 184789 ISK (1235 EUR)
Price per person with accommodation in tents 167990 ISK (1123 EUR)

Optional Extra

Sleeping bag rental per person: Price: 4000 ISK

Special food per person: Price: 4000 ISK

Payments & Terms

  • 10% Deposit
  • Cancellation Policy:
  • As we start to incur costs from the time the contract is confirmed we will apply cancellation charges as shown below from the time when written notification of the cancellation is received:
  • Cancellations with more than 28 days' notice before trip departure: You will be refunded 90% of the total tour price. 10% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of booking and preparing your tour.
  • Cancellations with less than 28 days' notice before trip departure: You will be refunded 50% of your total tour price. 50% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of cancelling any arrangements made for your tour.
  • Cancellations with less than 48-hours' notice before trip departure: No refund will be given if tours are cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice, as we will be charged for all costs such as guides, transport etc.

Other Information

Duration - 4 days / 3 nights

Hiking time - 5-7 hours per day

Level - Moderate (3/5) (Suitable for most people that are in good health and exercise regularly. No previous hiking experience needed. A few moderate river crossing and some steeper sections will be encountered.)

Minimum age - 14 years

Group size - Maximum 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour

Total Distance - 55 km

Max. Ascent - 490 m

Meeting points and times in Reykjavík are stated below. Please specify once making the booking which location you would like to be picked up at:

Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
Hallgrímskirkja Church
Reykjavik Campsite in front of Reykjavík Hostel, Sundlaugavegur

Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:
8:35 a.m. - Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15 a.m. - Hella Bus Terminal

Drop off after the tour is available at:
Hallgrímskirkja Church
Reykjavik Campsite
Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti

Mountain huts: There are not a lot of options for accommodation on the Laugavegur trail but we are fortunate enough to have the option of staying in huts. These are rustic but charming highland-style huts located in remote locations, most of which are only accessible (with a 4*4) during summer. Keep in mind that the huts on the Laugavegur trail are dormitory style so you must be prepared to share a room with others. In case you are a light sleeper, we recommend that you bring earplugs and sleeping mask, especially during the brightest months. Toilet facilities are located a few meter outside of the huts as well as the showers. Note that since the huts are running on solar power, there is limited (and weather dependent) electricity available and access is restricted to a few power outlets. Charging phones and batteries costs 1,000 ISK and is often only possible for a limited amount of time, if possible at all. Portable charging devices or power banks can come in handy if you would like to keep your devices charged in the highlands. Otherwise, we recommend to enjoy the moment, take in the beautiful nature and spending time with your fellow travelers.

Luggage - Your main luggage will be transported between huts/campsite by a support vehicle (included in the price). Space is limited so we would appreciate it if you kept your luggage light and in a soft bag rather than in a suitcase. This luggage, like you, will also need to cross rivers so we recommend waterproof duffel bags to keep your belongings dry from the splashes. A 70-80 L bag should be more than enough. Everyone is allowed one piece of luggage each which is to be transported between campsites/huts (included).
Conveniently, all you will need to carry is a small daypack (approx. 25-40 L) with your lunch, water bottle, rain gear, river fording shoes and any other items you might need for the day.
We recommend that you have your hiking boots and a set of thermal layer in your carry-on when traveling to Iceland in case your luggage gets lost on the flight.

Sleeping bag - Sleeping bags are necessary on our trekking tours. You can either bring one yourself or rent one from us. We recommend a down or fiber which is light weight and warm. For example goose down or top of the line synthetic bags. For the camping experience you will need at least a 0°C rating. We don‘t require any specific rating for the hut tours since they are heated up. Any warm sleeping bag will do just fine on these tours.Sleeping bag rental must be booked before the tour starts and are available in the booking process on our website.

Food - Our standard menu includes milk products, fish, nuts, meat and bread so if you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, have allergies or have other specific food preferences that need to be accommodated then you will need to purchase the special food extra. The meals are prepared by the guide and the group together. Although the guide is usually the leader on the project this can go all ways. This often brings the whole group together and makes a nice, fun and cozy atmosphere. We have a saying in Icelandic “margar hendur vinna létt verk” which basically means when people help out the job is a lot easier and we think that this fits perfectly to this question. Make food and friends at the same time!

Payment - A non refundable deposit of 10%, of the total package price should reach Iceland RoadTrip within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, Iceland RoadTrip will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for Iceland RoadTrip to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Travel Insurance - To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Equipment list for the trekking tour:

Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof
Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
Warm hat and/or balaclava
HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
Day backpack about 25-40 L
Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)
River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
Sleeping bag and travel pillow
Towel
Tooth brush and personal toiletries
Sunglasses/sunscreen
1-2 L Water bottle
Hiking poles
Gaiters
Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
Earplugs
Money for the showers (500 kr in coins)
Power bank / portable charging device

Number of Passengers

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Photos

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