The Laugavegur Trail – 8 days Private Guided Tour

The Laugavegur Trail (or Laugavegurinn trail) is an icon of adventure in Iceland

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About the Trip

The Laugavegur Trail (or Laugavegurinn trail) is an icon of adventure in Iceland, considered one of the most spectacular trek in the world. A trip in stages, sleeping in mountain refuges, with a guide. In just 6 days we will see an incredible variety of landscapes, crossing lava fields, rhyolite mountains, natural hot springs, glaciers, ash deserts, fumaroles, volcanoes…

The original crossing ends in Thórsmörk. We give you the chance to extend it one more stage and cross the glacier area to Skógar, or visit the Golden Circle instead, or spend a free day in Reykjavík (it is essential to choose one option or the other when hiring your trip).

Available

June to September

Groups

For guided groups in English, Spanish, Italian and German

Duration

8 days

Minimum age

14 years

Travel category

Adventure

Highlights

  • We will cover 79 kilometers in 6 days, crossing the beautiful mountains that have made Landmannalaugar a jewel for trekking lovers.
  • Possibility of configuring the last stage (when contracting).
  • We will organize food deposits in the shelters for having to carry less food during the trip, and we will make some shipments of fresh fruit and food during the trekking.
  • Possibility of contracting the transfer of your luggage from shelter in shelter
  • Bath in hot springs.
  • Very small groups so you can enjoy the maximum your experience.
  • Expert mountain guide at the destination.

The trip includes

Included

No included

Map

Itinerary

IMPORTANT: the description of the stages, unevenness and km is approximate. Although it is not common, in some departures these could vary, to accommodate the availability in the shelters. We will inform you properly in case we have to make significant changes.

Arrival at Keflavík International Airport and transfer to the accommodation.

Accommodation in the airport area or in Reykjavík.

Stage: Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker
Distance: 11 kilometers.
Walking time: 4-6 h.
Accumulated elevation gain: positive 600 m/negative 200 m.

In the morning our team will pick you up for the transfer to Landmannalaugar. Arrival at mid-morning, lunch, bath in the hot springs and start of the march towards the south. We will arrive at the foot of the Hrafntinnusker mountain.

Stage: Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn
Distance: 11 km.
Walking time: 5-7 h.
Accumulated elevation gain: positive 150 m/negative 650 m.

We continue to Jökultungur between solfataras and mud pools, which is one of the three points with the highest geothermal activity in the world. We will see the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers, to finish next to the Álftavatn lake and enjoy the area.

Stage: Álftavatn – Emstrur
Distance: 14 km.
Walking time: 6-7 h.
Accumulated unevenness: positive 220 m/negative 280 m.

Today we will continue heading south to skirt the Stórasúla green cone volcano and cross the Maelifellssandur black sand desert to reach the Hattafell volcano. We will pass through the Emstrur region and we will look out over the Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon, over a gorge with more than 200 meters. During this stage we will have to ford several rivers on foot.

Shelter accommodation

Stage: Emstrur – Thórsmörk
Distance: 16 km. Walking time: 6 – 8 hrs.
Accumulated elevation gain: positive 500 m/negative 700 m.

We continue through the lands of Emstrur through canyons and walking among the steep hills that the Mýrdalsjökull glacier erodes. As the vegetation changes, extensive birch forests appear.

Stage: Thórsmörk – Fimmvörðuháls
Distance: 10.31 km. Walking time: 5 – 6 h.
Accumulated unevenness: positive 998 m/negative 208 m.

The most alpine stage of all. We will have to overcome about 1,000 m of unevenness during this stage. We will begin by crossing the river and advancing up the valley to a point where we will take a steep path that we will ascend. Shortly after ascending we will see large precipices next to us and walls and rocks with incredible shapes.

As we ascend, we will be able to see more tongues of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the valley we came from in the background. After a steep slope, we will access a huge terrace, where we can take advantage of and look out over precipices of more than 500 m high, at the end of the lava river of the Fimmvörðuháls volcano.

Shelter accommodation.

Stage: Fimmvörðuháls – Skógar
Distance: 14 km. Walking time: 5 – 6 hrs.
Accumulated elevation gain: positive 100 m/negative 1,000 m.

This stage is a continuous descent until reaching almost sea level. We will continue the Skógar river enjoying its 33 waterfalls, each one in a different way (some wide and mighty, others tall and fine, others hidden, others staggered, others symmetrical…) to finish the descent at Skógafoss, with its 25 m wide and 60 m high.

Transfer back to Reykjavík, where, after settling in our accommodation, we will have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy the capital. Reykjavík is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and the Icelandic nightlife is famous for having many places where you can have a drink in a very pleasant atmosphere.

Accommodation in Reykjavik.

Free time until the transfer to the airport. Depending on your flight schedule, we recommend visiting the port, the Laugavegur shopping street, the famous Hallgrímskirkja church, the Harpa building, or one of the capital’s museums.

Optional: *Whale watching

* Blue Lagoon (one way from Reykjavík and back to the airport).

Return flight.

Note: the itinerary can be done in one direction or the other without distinction. For logistics reasons in the country, some location or accommodation may change without prior notice. This does not usually happen, but Iceland is one of the world destinations with the highest increase of travelers in recent years and on certain occasions we have had to make small variations on the fly for external reasons. This does not affect the visits to be made.

We offer you alternatives to visit the famous Círculo de Oro. You only have to modify the last two days of the route, as described below. You will have to choose one or the other alternative at the time of making your reservation. Our agents will be happy to advise you to find out which is the best option for you:

Day 6. Transfer to Reykjavík

If you choose this option, after spending the morning in the beautiful Thórsmörk Valley, we’ll take a bus that crosses inland rivers to take us to Reykjavík. Free time to enjoy the capital.

Optional: Whale watching

Accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 7. Excursions from Reykjavík

Option 1: Excursion to the Golden Circle:

− The famous Geysir that has given its name to all the geysers in the world and that is currently dormant; next to him we will see his “brother” Strokkur, which emanates with all its force every few minutes and which we can enjoy several times during our visit. − Gullfoss or the “Golden Waterfall”, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland thanks to its two fabulous waterfalls that reach 32 meters high.

− Þingvellir, national park and seat of the first Parliament

Icelandic, where you can see the separation of the

North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

Option 2: Other excursions from Reykjavik

Transfer back to Reykjavík, where, after settling in our accommodation, we will have the afternoon and evening free to enjoy the capital. Reykjavík is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and the Icelandic nightlife is famous for having many places where you can have a drink in a very pleasant atmosphere.

Accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 8. Return

Free time until the transfer to the airport. Depending on your flight schedule, we recommend visiting the port, the Laugavegur shopping street, the famous Hallgrímskirkja church, the Harpa building, or one of the capital’s museums.

Optional: Blue Lagoon (one way from Reykjavík and return to the airport).

Return flight

Important: if you wish, to avoid unnecessary weight, you can leave us a small backpack with what you do not need to carry during the trek and we will deliver it to you on your return to Reykjavík.

Frequently Asked Questions about The Laugavegur Trail – 8 days Private Guided Tour

Wear comfortable and waterproof clothing, it does not matter if it is summer or winter. Include comfortable footwear such as boots with good grip and travel with several changes of socks. It is convenient to take an umbrella if you go in the rainy season, and if you travel in winter, take warm clothes and a windbreaker.

It is not always possible to see the puffins, but if you travel in the summer or in the closer months it is very likely that we will see some.

Yes, it is an excursion suitable for children, although you must bear in mind that it lasts 10 hours.

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