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Hiking in Landmannalaugar

Iceland Trek | Landmannalaugar to þórsmörk

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Trek the Laugavegar Trail through stunning landscapes on this popular route from Landmannalaugar to the glacial valley of Thorsmork. Spend 5 days on the trail in a hut-to-hut trekking Iceland tour in one of the most breathtaking areas in the highlands. Hike through the third largest geothermal zone in the world. Observe the colorful yellow rhyolite mountains and pass by black-sand deserts. Arrive to the lush valley of þórsmörk, a popular day hiking destination. Spend the day here exploring the green oasis and see why it has become so popular. Each day you hike 4-7 hours with your guides pointing out the flora and fauna of the region. This has become a traveler favorite and is now a world-famous trek.
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  • Hike Landmannalaugar and the Fjallabak Nature Reserve geothermal area
  • Observe colorful rhyolite mountains, black-sand deserts, and lush valleys
  • Spend four nights in comfortable mountain huts during the five-day trek
  • Hike in the green oasis valley of þórsmörk and discover unique features
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Activity Level: Moderate
Activities that provide a reasonable level of physical challenge and elevate the heart rate. Focused on more active pursuits including multisport tours. Travelers may be active 5-7 hours total each day. Recommended for travelers with active lifestyles.

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Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik

Arrive to Reykjavik where you transfer yourself to your hotel to rest up after your long journey. Arrive early in the day and arrange any number of additional excursions, or explore the town on your own.

Day 2: Reykjavik | Landmannalaugar | Hrafntinnusker

Take the public bus from BSI bus terminal at 07:00, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, have lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes you past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, where you will stay the night, in the late afternoon.

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

Day 3: Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn

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

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

Day 4: Álftavatn - Emstrur

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
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, enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where you stay the night, 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                       
40 m (130 ft)

Day 5: Emstrur - Þórsmörk

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 your hike is coming to an end for the day, 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, top off this amazing adventure with a barbecue! 

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

Day 6: Þórsmörk | Fimmvörðuháls

We start the hike in the magic landscapes of Goðalönd, the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses. We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls enjoying the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in March and early April 2010. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come to the two craters Magni and Móði. We head back to Þórsmörk
with the magnificent view over the glaciers and this beautiful valley for our celebtration barbeque dinner and night in Básar hut.

Distance: 20 km (12.5 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs.
Ascent: 900 m (2953 ft)
Descent: 900m (2953 ft)

Day 7: Þórsmörk | Reykjavik

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Spend the morning in Þórsmörk where you walk along one of numerous paths. For example, you can visit the Sönghellir cave (Song cave), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal where the trip ends at 19:20. Return to your hotel in Reykjavik this evening.

Day 8: Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Spend this day exploring the town, or add on additional time exploring South Iceland or the West Fjords.



Hrafntinnusker Hut

Fosshotel Baron

Historical Rooms with lofted ceiling
Treats at the bar
Historical Room

Langidalur Hut

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Rates based on small group of maximum 16 hikers.

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  • 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 5 Dinners
  • 7 Nights Accommodations
  • 6 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Activities as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Public transport from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar and from Þórsmörk to Reykjavík
  • Professional and qualified English-speaking guide
  • Luggage transport throughout the trek
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • Fuel and transportation surcharges (when applicable)
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Meals not Included - Meals in Reykjavik not included
  • Optional Sleeping Bag rental
  • Sleeping Bag: ISK 8000 per person
  • Hiking Pole: ISK 3500 per person
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík on request
  • Dietary Supplement (Vegan/vegetarian meal plan): ISK 9000 per person


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Chance for unpredictable weather but with fewer visitors.
Typically not offered during this period because of weather conditions.


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