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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 and 4 nights 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.
The stunning landscape of Þórsmörk
Highlights
  • 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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Trip Type:
  • Small Group
Activity Level: Moderate
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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, were you 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 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                       
Descent: 
490 m (1610 ft)

Day 4: Álftavatn - Emstrur

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                       
Descent: 
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                       
Descent: 
300 m (985 ft)

Day 6: 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 7: Return Home

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

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Accommodations

Álftavatn

Emstrur-Botnar Hut

Fosshotel Baron

Hrafntinnusker Hut

Langidalur Hut

Dates & Prices

Per person starting at
$2,021

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Rates based on small group of maximum 16 hikers.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included
  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Accommodations as listed
  • Meals as listed
  • Ground transportation as listed
  • Professional, bilingual guide service as listed
  • Excursions and activities as listed
  • Gear Rental: Camping Gear (except sleeping bags)
Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal Expenses
  • Flight costs (please request a quote)
  • Additional excursions during free time
  • International Flights
  • Arrival Transfer
  • Departure Transfer
  • Meals not Included - Meals in Reykjavik not included
  • Optional Excursions - Reykjavik excursions
  • Optional Sleeping Bag rental

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