Iceland

Laugavegur Trek - 5 Days: Self Guided (Huts)

Discover the most famous trail in Iceland and enjoy it your way. A once in a lifetime experience!

Laugavegur Trek - 5 Days: Self Guided (Huts)

Discover the most famous trail in Iceland and enjoy it your way. A once in a lifetime experience!

Iceland's most famous hiking trail Laugavegur, is known worldwide for its astounding and breathtaking sceneries. On this 5 day (Self Guided) trekking adventure you will experience the highlands of Iceland and its diverse landscapes. Glaciers, bubbling hot springs, fields of lava, multi colored mountains and much much more!

Overview:
Departures (On Demand): June - September

Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights

Distance: 56 km (34 mi)

Difficulty: moderate

Accommodation: Mountain Huts

Also available as a Guided Hut trip: Laugavegur Trek Guided adventure

The Tour:

Trek along the famous Laugavegur trail at a speed that you choose. Our self-guided version of this classic hike allows for you to have an adventure that few others experience on this same route. As you traverse from Landmannalaugar’s bubbling geothermal area to the lush, green Þórsmörk valley, you are setting the pace. Trek fast, if it suits you, or slow down and really enjoy the magnificent nature around you. Either way, you will encounter yellow rhyolite mountains, black sand deserts, great canyons, volcanoes and more. See for yourself why National Geographic has named this classic trail one of the best in the world.

Trip ITINERARY

Day 1: Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

You will take the public scheduled bus 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. The bus leaves at 08:00 from Reykjavík. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, it is ideal to 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 in the late afternoon, were you will stay the night.


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

Day 2: Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn

Hut Itinerary: Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn
From Hrafntinnusker you descend down into the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there you enjoy fascinating views southwards to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon you 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 3: Álftavatn - Emstur

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


Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi)
Walking time:
6 - 7 hrs
Descent:
40 m (130 ft)

Day 4: Emstur-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. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as you descend into Þórsmörk's green valleys (the woods of Thor), filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Accommodation in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.


Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs
Descent: 300 m (985 ft)

Day 5: Þórsmörk-Reykjavík

You spend the morning in Þórsmörk with a possibility of walking along one of its numerous paths. For example, visit the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”) or climb the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent views can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus back to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Central bus Station at around 19:30.

Please note: All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They all have bunk rooms with single and twin beds.

Additional Trip Info

  • Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  • Transport from and to Reykjavik at the beginning and end of trek
  • Detailed information pack including self-guided walking-route, notes and maps


  • Sleeping bag, can be added in booking process
  • Showers in huts (payable on site)
  • Food during the trip, food pack can be added
  • Transfer of luggage, can be added
  • Travel Insurance - We recommend  World Nomads, or Global Rescue
  • Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof
  • Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
  • Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
  • Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore-Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
  • Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
  • Day backpack about 25-40 L
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)
  • River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • 1-2 L Water bottle
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Penknife
  • Camera, batteries & memory card
  • Book
  • Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
  • Earplugs
  • Money for the showers (500 kr in coins)
  • Power bank / portable charging device

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