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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.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Reykjavik
Day 2 : Reykjavik | Landmannalaugar | Hrafntinnusker
Day 3 : Hrafntinnusker to Álftavatn
Day 4 : Álftavatn to Emstrur
Day 5 : Emstrur to Þórsmörk
Day 6 : Þórsmörk | Reykjavik
Day 7 : Return Home


  • 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

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Iceland
  • Álftavatn
  • Emstrur-Botnar Hut
  • Fjallabak Nature Reserve
  • Hrafntinnusker Hut
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Reykjavik
  • Þórsmörk


Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level


Trip Snapshots

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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

Be ready for your pickup this morning. Drive past many volcanoes, including Hekla Volcano, on your way to Landmannalaugar. Arrive mid-day just in time for lunch before starting the hike into the mountains. Follow the famous Laugavegur Trail past yellow mountains, gorges, and steaming hot springs. Arrive to the Hrafntinnusker mountain huts where you settle in for the evening to spend the night.

Distance: 7.5 miles (12 km) | 4-5 hours
Elevation Ascent: 1540' (470m)

Day 3 Hrafntinnusker to Álftavatn

Descend down in the gullies from Hrafntinnusker to a grazing area known as Jökultungur. Here you find hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Take in the breathtaking views to the South Swan Lake area (also known as Álftavatn). The famous Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers can also be spotted from this vantage point. In the afternoon you arrive to the Álftavatn hut. Again, settle in for the evening and enjoy the cozy shelter from the outside elements.

Distance: 7.5 miles (12 km) | 4-5 hours
Elevation Descent: 1610' (490m)

Day 4 Álftavatn to Emstrur

Today you head towards the black deserts of Mælifellssandur, passing by the green conic volcano of Stórasúla. Hike towards another green volcano, the Hattfell, before you arrive to the Emstrur region. Farmers use this area to graze their sheep in summer around the extinct volcano. Arrive to the Botnar hut for your overnight. After arriving hike another 200m down into the rocks south of Hattfell to visit the Markarfljót canyon cut.

Distance: 10 miles (16 km) | 6-7 hours
Elevation Descent: 40' (130m)

Day 5 Emstrur to Þórsmörk

Hike through small valleys and gullies of Emstrur and observe the vegetation grow thicker as you approach Þórsmörk's green valleys. This area is filled with Arctic birch forest and colorful flowers. The massive Mýrdalsjökull glacier can be seen sitting only a few kilometers away. Overnight in a Þórsmörk hut.

Distance: 10.5 miles (17 km) | 6-7 hours
Elevation Descent: 985' (300m)

Day 6 Þórsmörk | Reykjavik

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Spend the morning walking one of the many trails in Þórsmörk. The mountain ridge alone carries the name Þórsmörk, after the Norse god Thor. The name now refers to the wider area and valley, due to its popularity with hikers. The area is surrounded by glaciers which help create a warmer climate and more vegetation than in most places in South Iceland. Many popular trails are found here to accommodate a variety of hiking preferences. You can opt to explore the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”) or climb to the top of Valahnúkur mountain to enjoy some amazing views. 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.


Emstrur-Botnar Hut

Fosshotel Baron

Hrafntinnusker Hut

Langidalur Hut

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Rates based on small group of maximum 16 hikers.
Private Departures are available starting at $5410 for a group of 4.
Rates are based on the current exchange rate with the Iceland Krona and may fluctuate.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.


  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 4 Nights Camping
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service
  • Gear Rental
    • All gear included except sleeping bag


  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights


  • $100 Meals not Included
    • Meals in Reykjavik not included
  • $100 Optional Excursions
    • Reykjavik excursions
  • $80 Optional Sleeping Bag rental
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