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Laugavegur Trek

5 day trekking tour on the famous Laugavegur trek in Iceland

Tour details:

 Trip difficulty: 3.5 out of 5 - Challenging
 Location: Southern Highlands
 Duration: 5 days
 Minimum participants: 4
 Maximum participants:
 Minimum age: 16
 Language: English
German (selected departures)
 What to bring: warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are a vital! Sleeping bag and mattress can be rented from us if you let us know in advance. Please request gear list!
 What is included: Guiding, transfer from/to Reykjavík by bus, jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites, food for 5 days (except breakfast on day one and dinner the last day), tents & cooking gear.
 Price: ISK 129.990

Departures 2010:
 Date: Language: Guaranteed:
Spaces left:
28th June
English no (4 to guarantee)
12th July
English yes
19th July
German no (2 to guarantee)
02nd August
no (2 to guarantee)
26th July
no (3 to guarantee)
09th August
fully booked
18th August

Tour description:

The famous Laugavegur trekking tour takes you from Landmannalaugar into the glacier valley Þórsmörk. This tour has full comfort. It is a 5 day jeep assisted hike in breathtaking nature.
Laugavegur hiking trail is the most popular route through the Icelandic wilderness. There are very few places in the world that offer such diverse landscapes and scenic views. On the trek there are colorful mountains, huge and rugged glaciers, screaming hot springs, rivers of every shape and size, peaceful lakes, narrow ridges, immense waterfalls, deep canyons and panoramic views of the North Atlantic Ocean.
This trek truly has it all!

Rough itinerary:
Day 1: Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar
Day 2: Landmannalaugar - Álftavatn
Day 3: Álftavatn - Emstrur (Botnar)
Day 4: Emstrur (Botnar) – Þórsmörk
Day 5: Þórsmörk – Reykjavík

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1

The trip starts with a transfer from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar from the BSÍ bus terminal at 8:30am.  We will transfer you there from your accommodation in Reykjavík by mini van half an hour before. The journey is scenic and on the way we’ll drive past Mt. Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland. It last erupted in the year 2000 so we’re holding our breath and soon expecting a new and powerful burst from this mountain, which has been called the gateway to hell. We will arrive to Landmannalaugar (approx. 600 m above sea level) through Dómadalur route and spend an afternoon exploring the area and relaxing in the naturally warm river that runs beside the campsite.

Day 2
First section: Landmannalaugar - Álftavatn
Distance: 24 km
Estimated travelling time: 8-10 hrs
Vertical alteration: ~900 m

We start our Laugarvegur journey early morning in Landmannalaugar. From the mountain hut by the campsite we stroll through the rough lava field of Laugahraun. From there on up the beautiful hills by the colorful mountain Brennisteinsalda and onto a plateau. The colors in this part are out of this world. Ancient rivers and streams mark the land so we will be going in and out of small gullies quite a lot. At this point we have reached a rather high altitude and therefore you can expect snow piles that we’ll have to traverse. At Hrafntinnusker there is a mountain hut where we can have lunch if the weather is bad. Lots of obsidian scattered around gives the place mystic appearance. When the weather permits the view from the hut is amazing. Above 1000 m there is nothing much but bare rocks and wasteland, the immense Icelandic highland desert. Along the hills of Reykjafjöll we continue walking through gullies until we get to Jökultungur. There are some changes in the landscape and we face dark tuff mountains and glaciers. We also start to see some stubborn plants scattered around. We decent down some steep slopes into a green oasis, which is a pleasant contrast after the rough landscapes behind us. From there the walk to a campsite at the northern shore of lake Álftavatn is easy.

Day 3
Second section: Álftavatn-Emstrur (Botnar)
Distance: 15 km
Estimated travelling time: 6-7 hrs
Vertical alteration: ~40 m

After yesterdays long journey this is going to be an easy and pleasant day. We cross Brattháls hill and head east for Hvanngil gorge. There we have to cross Bratthálskvísl River on foot. Soon after that we get to Kaldaklofskvísl that we cross via bridge. From there we head for the hut and campsite of Emstrur and on our way we cross the river of Bláfjallakvísl. Yeah, we’re sure going to give our feet a refreshing wash today. We cross between two sandy hills and soon after that we’ll see our destination for the night. If people are up for a nice evening walk after dinner we can take a peek at the unbelievable Markarfjlótsgljúfur canyon. The canyon is 200 meters deep and through it flows the powerful Markarfjót River.

Day 4
Third section: Emstrur (Botnar) - Þórsmörk
Distance: 15 km
Estimated traveling time: 6-7 hrs
Vertical alteration: ~300 m

The day starts with a crooked path down to Syðri Emstruá River which we’ll cross on a bridge. While crossing the river we’ll have to be very careful, as this is one of the riskiest places on the way. After our heroic crossing we’ll head south to an area called Almenningar. The landscape now starts to change once again and we’ll be seeing peaceful streams covered in arctic birch and flowers. More refreshing river crossing, a bit more demanding than before (Þröngá) is necessary but that’s fine because we’ll be experts by then. On the other side of this river we have left Almenningar behind and entered Þórsmörk valley. From there we have a 40 min walk to Langidalur hut in Þórsmörk and from there on to Básar hut where we’ll spend the night. This part is wonderful as vegetation has spread over the area and Þórsmörk is undeniably one of the pearls of Icelandic nature.

Day 5
Our last day is more flexible. You can sleep in and relax your tired bones and muscles after the 56km long hike, enjoying the magnificent Þórsmörk valley, named after Thor the Norse God of Thunder. We will take the bus back to Reykjavík in the afternoon getting us there around dinner time where you will end up at the BSÍ bus terminal, before taken by our mini van back to your accommodation in Reykjavík. We can however recommend hiking around to further experience this glacier valley, cornered in by three glaciers, offering a unique composition of glaciers, rocks and wood. Our guide will take you hiking in the area for a short half day, aiming for some 500m high mountains for a breathtaking view of the whole area and the glaciers.

All trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic DMC does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk.