Laugavegur Trekking and Fimmvörđuháls Volcano - 2021


The Laugavegur hiking trail takes you on a journey through some of Iceland's most incredible landscape. This six-day hiking adventure takes you across the Highlands – from the geothermal wonderland of Landmannalaugur to the breath-taking valley of Ţórsmörk. Along the way you'll experience some of the most amazing and powerful scenery in Iceland. Each day the trail offers new and incredible sights: mighty glaciers, steaming hot springs and otherworldly black desert landscapes. You also have time to explore and enjoy the natural treasures of Ţórsmörk Valley, in the shadow of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull Glacier. Staying in huts in the heart of the landscape, there's no better way to get close to the raw power of Icelandic nature. The intense colours, breath-taking scenery and pure air of the Laugavegur trail make for a truly unforgettable Icelandic hiking adventure.

Overview

Map for Laugavegur Trekking and Fimmvörđuháls Volcano - 2021 tour
  • Duration:6 days, 5 nights
  • Season:June 15 to September 17
  • Tour ID:LB12

Included

  • Transport from one of the meeting points stated in "Other info"
  • Expert Guide
  • 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 day begins in the capital and ends in a remote hut in the heart of nature. The day includes:

• Morning meet in Reykjavík
• Three to four hour bus ride through the scenery of the south coast to Landmannalaugar – including views of Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland
• Hiking through the geothermal landscape of Landmannalaugar, past active hot springs – including the beautiful Stórihver – and lush mountain scenery
• Crossing a dramatic desert of obsidian rock
• Overnight stay in the remote hut or a tent at Hrafntinnusker

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


Day 2. Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn Lake



Your Icelandic hiking adventure continues, as you head deeper into the wild:

• After breakfast you'll hit the trail to the Reykjafjöll Mountains
• Next you'll drop down into the distinctive yellow/red gullies of the Jökultungur area
• Along the way you'll experience breath-taking views over the Fjallabak area and Lake Álftavatn
• Finally you'll cross an unbridged stream on foot whilst on the move to Lake Álftavatn
• Overnight stay in a hut/tent by Lake Álftavatn

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


Day 3. Álftavatn Lake - Emstrur



A dramatic day of volcanoes and black desert-scapes, including:

• A stream crossing and trek past the Stórasúla Volcano with its distinctive green colour
• Crossing Mćlifellssandur – an otherworldly glacial black desert
• Views of the flat-topped volcano Hattafell
• Hiking on to Emstrur with its stunning views over the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
• A trek to Markarfljótsgljúfur – dramatic and deep canyons that have been formed by the glacial river Markarfljót
• An overnight stay in the green surroundings of the hut or campsite in Botnar

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


Day 4. Emstrur - Ţórsmork



A day that sees you hike past mountains and glaciers to reach the green oasis of Ţórsmörk. The day runs as follows:

• Your hike along the canyons continues
• You pass close by the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
• Next you descend to Almenningar where the odd tree shows that the coast isn't far away
• The hike continues in the shadow of the mountain Einhyrningur and then on into Ţórsmörk, with its forest of birch trees
• Finally you arrive in the stunning green valley of Ţórsmörk beneath the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
• Overnight stay in Ţórsmörk

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


Day 5. Magni and Móđi Volcano Craters - Fimmvörđuháls Pass



We leave Thorsmork early in the morning as today includes:

• A hike through the mountain pass between Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull
• A trek up to Magni and Móđi – two new volcanoes formed in 2010
• A taste of how the eruption and its lava have affected this stunning landscape
• A traditional Icelandic grilled Lamb for dinner

Distance: 16 kilometers
Hiking time: 7-8 hours
Ascent: 800 meters


Day 6. Thorsmork Valley - Reykjavík



The final day begins with a leisurely breakfast in the hut before going out to explore the amazing surroundings. An optional hike up the mountain Valahnjukur for a fantastc view over the valley before heading back to the capital in the early evening. The drive back to Reykjavík is through the lovely scenery of the South.
We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30 and offer drop off at Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstrćti. From there taxis and local buses are available.

Distance: 6 kilometers
Hiking time: 3 hours
Ascent: 275 meters


Tour Dates

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: 209990 ISK (1404 EUR)
Price per person with accommodation in tents: 178490 ISK (1193 EUR)

Optional Extra

Sleeping bag rental per person: Price: 6000 ISK

Special food per person: Price: 6000 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: 6 days / 5 nights

Total Distance: 77 km

Max. Ascent: 800 meters

Minimum age - 14 years

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

Accommodation - Mountain huts or tents

Level - Moderate (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.)

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:

Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráđhúsiđ) on Vonarstrćti
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
Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráđhúsiđ) on Vonarstrćti


PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

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 rental - 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
Pen knife
Camera, batteries & memory card
Book
Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
Earplugs
Money for the showers (500 kr in coins)
Power bank / portable charging device

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Photos

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