Laugavegur Trek Classic - 2024


Trekking in the southern highlands, from the geothermal hot spots in Landmannalaugar to the lush green landscape in Þórsmörk valley, is amazing. Your highly experienced and knowledge trekking guide will take you in between vibrant yellow rhyolite mountains, over black sand deserts and past majestic canyons during this adventure. The magical and diverse landscape, combined with the long and bright Icelandic summer days, will capture your nature loving heart. Your guide will show you all the popular sites and hidden gems along this trail and tell you stories and folklore. In the evenings, you will relax and rejuvenate in cozy mountain huts and enjoy delicious Icelandic meals. We top off this amazing adventure with a celebratory BBQ on the last night in Þórsmörk. It is not a coincidence that this trail was named as one of the 20 best treks in the world by National Geographic.

Accommodation in mountain huts.

Overview

Map for Laugavegur Trek Classic - 2024 tour
  • Duration:5 days, 4 nights
  • Season:June 17 to September 9
  • Tour ID:LB10

Included

  • Experienced and qualified English-speaking guide.
  • Accommodation in mountain huts dormitory style. Sleeping bag needed
  • Meals from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5
  • Luggage transport throughout the trek
  • Public transport from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar and from Þórsmörk to Reykjavík

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag (available for an additional price)
  • Showers in huts (payable on site where showers are available)
  • Vegan/vegetarian meal plan
  • Pick-up from hotel (the tour begins at BSÍ bus station at 6:30 AM)
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík (available for an additional price)

Itinerary

Day 1. Reykjavík – Hrafntinnusker



• Morning departure from Reykjavík. A bus transfer from BSI bus terminal at 07:00.
• Drive the the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon.
• After lunch head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges.
• Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.

Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4 - 5 hrs
Ascent: 470 m (1540 ft)


Day 2. Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn



• From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers.
• Arrive at Álftavatn hut in the afternoon and stay there the night.

Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4 - 5 hrs
Descent: 490 m (1610 ft)


Day 3. Álftavatn – Emstrur



•We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur.
• Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer.
• Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.

Distance: 16 km (10 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs
Descent: 40 m (130 ft)


Day 4. Emstrur – Þórsmörk



• We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away.
• As our hike is coming to an end for the day, we descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers.
• After arriving at the huts in Þórsmörk, we top off this amazing adventure with a barbecue!

Distance: 17 km (10.5 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs
Descent: 300 m (985 ft)


Day 5. Þórsmörk – Reykjavík



• Spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we walk along one of numerous paths. For example, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (Song cave), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed.
• In the afternoon a public bus to Reykjavík.
• Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal where the trip ends at 19:30.


Tour Dates

June 17, 2024 English Sold out
June 19, 2024 English
June 24, 2024 English Sold out
July 01, 2024 English Sold out
July 08, 2024 English Sold out
July 15, 2024 English Sold out
July 22, 2024 English Sold out
July 28, 2024 English
July 29, 2024 English Sold out
August 04, 2024 English
August 12, 2024 English Sold out
August 19, 2024 English
August 21, 2024 English
August 26, 2024 English Sold out
August 28, 2024 English
September 02, 2024 English Sold out
September 04, 2024 English
September 09, 2024 English Sold out
September 10, 2024 English

Price Information

June 17, 2023 - September 09, 2023:
Price per person 18 years and older 299000 ISK (2174 USD)

Optional Extra

Sleeping bag rental during the tour: Price: 8000 ISK

Dietary Supplement (Vegan/vegetarian meal plan) : Price: 9000 ISK

Hiking Poles rental: Price: 3500 ISK

Payments & Terms

  • We require a 15% non-refundable deposit for this tour.
  • Cancellation:
  • All cancellations must be made by letter or or e-mail to Iceland Road Trip. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the Travel Agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows:
  • CANCELLATION CHARGES
  • Iceland Road Trip reserves the right to keep the below fee to cover costs.
  • If clients formally cancel their participation:
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 15 days or less before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 75% if booking is cancelled 16-29 days before event
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if booking is cancelled 30-59 days before event
  • 15% of the tour price is non-refundable

Other Information


Duration: 5 days / 4 nights

GROUP SIZE: 6 - 16 participants

MINIMUM AGE: 14 yrs

LANGUAGE: English

ACCOMMODATION: Mountain hut

TOTAL DISTANCE: 56 km (35 mi)

WALKIN PER DAY: 4 - 7 hrs

MAX ASCENT: 600 m (1900 ft)

DIFFICULTY: Challenging:
Please note that this hike is challenging and suits those that are physically active and have some background in basic traveling in mountainous terrain with a backpack. 6-7 hrs. walk per day can be expected.
Participants take full responsibility for meeting the physical fitness level requirement of the trip. Participants that are physically unfit or not equipped for their tour can be dismissed from the tour at their own expense.

TRANSPORT: Public bus

MEETING POINT: BSI Bus terminal at 6:30

PLEASE NOTE:
• During the trek the accommodation will be in mountain huts in dormitories with single and double bunk beds or mattresses. The huts are equipped with gas stoves, kitchen utensils and the toilets are in separate huts/outhouses. There are showers in the huts on day 2, 3 and 4. Participants need to bring 500 ISK for 5 min (cash only). It is not possible to charge batteries and phones whilst on the hike. We advise that participants bring their own powerbank.
• Luggage will be transported by transport vehicle and participants will not have access to it until they reach the accommodation in the afternoon. Please advise not to bring hard suitcases, duffel bag is preferable and do not exceed 18 kg per person. There are luggage lockers in centrally located places in Reykjavik where you can store your extra luggage http://www.luggagelockers.is/.
• The food is purchased in Reykjavik, with the emphasis on fresh product and easily-prepared meals. The trip leader, will prepare the group’s evening meals and will be grateful for any assistance from group members. Local specialties predominate, including excellent sea-fish and Icelandic lamb, as well as fresh Arctic char. Breakfasts consists of porridge, muesli, bread, jam, cheese, ham, tea and coffee. At breakfast, snack items and sandwich materials will be made available for the group members to make their own lunch packs. We can provide vegetarian/vegan meals on request for an additional charge.
• Please note that there are very few possibilities to buy refreshments, snacks or drinks in the huts or anywhere during the trek.
• Participants will need to cross some rivers. The water level in the rivers changes from time to time due to seasonal conditions. In some cases we will be able to step from stone to stone to get to the other side. In other cases we will need to take our shoes and socks off, put on river crossing shoes and wade the rivers. Your guide will provide you with advice on river crossing as well as help you to cross the river. Trekking poles might come in handy when wading rivers as well as crossing with a partner.

EQUIPMENT LIST:

Boots and Clothing:
• Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
• Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
• T-shirt (thermal underwear), Wool or synthetic.
• Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
• Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
• Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable.
• Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full rain gear is mandatory in Iceland, poncho is not useful because of wind.
• Gloves – Wool or synthetic 2 pairs of different thickness.
• Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
• Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
• Swimwear if you want to bathe in the hot geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar.

Other gear:
• A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
• Day backpack for extra clothes and lunch pack during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in).
• River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job.
• Sleeping bag. A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated.
• Towel – light weight and packable.
• Sunglasses & sun protection.
• Water container – thermos flask, water bottle 0.5 – 1L. or camelbak.
• Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
• Change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
• Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
• Prescription medication and other personal health items.
• Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
• Earplugs.
• Lunch box

Optional gear:
• Walking pole(s). To preserve the vulnerable nature please keep the rubber tip protectors on.
• Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland, so a pre-charged power bank is a better option. Charging your electronics in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Having converters adapters for 220 V and/or USB will help.
• Gaiters (recommended for departures in June and early July).
• Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
• Pocket knife.
• Sun/rain hat or a cap. Shorts.
• Small thermal mat (to sit on for lunch breaks).
• Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).
• Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
• Slippers for indoor use.
• Pillow or pillow case (to wrap around your warm sweater or down jacket for a pillow).
• Cash– for the showers, a shower normally costs about 500 ISK.
• Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

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