One of Iceland's best-loved treks through unforgettable landscapes.
It has long been established that Iceland is a premier trekking destination. The wide variety of landscapes that the centuries have helped to create includes glaciers, volcanic fields, and more.
Laugavegur Trail is one of the most popular in the country and is the focus of this eight day adventure. You’ll camp, enjoy warm meals, and explore the colourful Landmannalaugar Mountains as well as the Thorsmork regions. There, you’ll see the craters that remain from the most recent eruption in 2010.
- Discover Iceland’s best hiking route
- Explore waterfalls, lava fields, craters, volcanic fissures, and natural hot pools
- A chance to see the Northern Lights for departures in August and September
Few routes offer the striking vistas that this one does. Depending on your departure date, there could be up to 24 hours of daylight. You’ll walk up to seven hours a day, but most days are quite moderate. There is a well defined path to follow but the ground may be loose in some sections.
No previous experience is necessary to enjoy this trek. Start and end in Reykjavik with time to explore the city and modern Icelandic culture. Don’t miss out this spectacular trek.
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Why We Love This Adventure
- Explore one of the best trekking routes in Iceland
- Experience natural hot pools, waterfalls, lava fields, craters and volcanic fissures
- 24hr daylight in July, chance of spotting Northern Lights in late August and September
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After a Flybus transfer to our hotel we begin with a briefing from your leader, usually at 1830. Here you will have an outline of the the week ahead and the chance to ask any questions.
We transfer up to the unmistakable Landmannalaugar Mountains. The drive will take approximately 4 hours as we head through the south of Iceland, up the Thjorsardalur valley towards Mt Hekla, an enormous volcano which in centuries gone by has been responsible for enormous destruction. Here we turn into the Highlands and the black volcanic desert of the Fjallabak area. The Fjallabak Nature Reserve is one of the most popular areas in Iceland for trekking with a landscape like nowhere else, from black volcanic plains to multicoloured rhyolite mountains. At the heart of all this are the Landmannalaugar Mountains where we pitch our camp before having lunch.Typically most trips begin the Laugavegur trail today, however, we take the opportunity to enjoy a daywalk in these unique surroundings, and of course, try out the famous hot pool. Our afternoon walk heads to the top of Blue Peak and across the black Laugahruna lava field. The hot pools we will enjoy later today originate in this lava field, which was created in 1477, the last known eruption in the area. This area is believed to be the southern end of the Bardarbunga volcanic system. The last eruption in the Bardarbunga system was a fissure eruption in the northern end of the system from 2014 to 2015. Some 150 km north of Landmannalaugar, it was the largest eruption in Iceland for over 200 years though luckily did not have the same impact on air travel as the more famous Eyafjallajokull eruption of 2010. After our walk we have a chance to take a dip in the natural hot pool next to the camp. Our guide will prepare the evening meal in our mess tent, though group members are expected to pitch in and help with food preparation and washing up.
For the next two days we cross the Torfajokull volcanic area (rhyolitic stratovolcano). An area formed by series of subglacial volcanic eruptions which today are most commonly found in Iceland or in Antarctica. The area consists of rolling rhyolite hills with numerous hot springs and sulphur vents and is the largest rhyolitic area in Iceland.We start by crossing the Laugahraun lava field to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda, known for its photogenic spectrum of colours. We take a short but very worthwhile detour to the top.En route we pass the Storihver hot spring, cross the high plateau and enter the Hrafntinnuser area. Here steam rises from the hundreds of vents, and our route passes numerous hot springs along the way. Our support vehicle will be waiting in Hrafntinnusker and we pitch our camp. Weather permitting there is the chance to climb the nearby hill, Stodull for a 360° view of the area.
Today we continue from Hrafntinnusker and across the Torfajokull Massif. The route meanders southwards past steaming hot springs and boiling mud pools before dropping down Jokultungur to the black volcanic plains of the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. The view is spectacular on a clear day with the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers in the foreground, separated by stark black volcanic plains. The landscape changes completely to Palagonite ridges and peaks with black volcanic plains and big glacial rivers all around. Our aim for the day is Alftavatn lake (Swan Lake) where again make camp.
Our route continues south towards the Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap, crossing the black volcanic landscape as we go. There are several rivers in this area, the largest of which have rudimentary brides, however many do not and we will need to make our own way across. Shortly before arriving at Emstrur we head off west to the Markarfljotsglufur Canyon. The Markarfljot River carved this canyon to a depth of 200 metres and it is well worth our time. After the Markarfljostgljufur Canyon we continue the short distance to Botnar in the Emstrur area, a small green oasis in the black volcanic desert.
We start the day by crossing the Emstrur glacial river on our way to Thorsmork. Heading along the western edge of Myrdalsjokull ice cap the black volcanic landscape slowly gives way to greener vegetation before we arrive in the lush Birch-covered area of Thorsmork (Thor's woodland). The Thorsmork Valley is a beautiful place with glaciers, rivers and dramatic wind-swept mountains and has been a favourite of local and international walkers for decades. We continue across the Thorsmork Valley and over the Krossa glacial river at the bridge, to end at our camp in Basar.
Today we walk to the Fimmvorduhals Pass. It was here that the now infamous eruption of 2010 began. The pass itself lies between the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers and our aim is to walk to the two craters the formed that day, named Magni and Modi after the sons of Thor. The landscape changes gradually and we find a new lava field full of fresh twisted lava formations on our way up to the craters themselves, from where there are fantastic views across the valley. After our walk we board the bus and drive to Reykjavik (approx 3 hours) for our final night. En route we stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland's best known, where water cascades over a 60-metre drop and there is enough of a relief back into the rock that you can pass behind the water itself.On arrival in Reykjavik we can check in and then head out for our final meal together. The leader will be on hand to recommend or book a local restaurant for the group.
Those wishing to spend extra time in Reykjavik will find it time well spent as this busy city has plenty to offer, from the Harpa Concert Hall to the many restaurants and cafés, not forgetting the geothermal baths, a key part of Icelandic culture.
Price£2,299 GBP land only - there's a UK Flight option on request
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
- All accommodation (see accommodation section)
- All transport and listed activities
- Tour leader throughout
- Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
Trip Duration8 days
Start LocationReykjavik, Iceland
End LocationReykjavik, Iceland
Average Group Sizemin 8, max 16
All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners included
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Dates & Availability
- 14 Jul 2019 – 21 Jul 2019
- 04 Aug 2019 – 11 Aug 2019
- 18 Aug 2019 – 25 Aug 2019
- 21 Jun 2020 – 28 Jun 2020
- 12 Jul 2020 – 19 Jul 2020
- 02 Aug 2020 – 09 Aug 2020
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