Laugavegur Trek Iceland (6 Days)
The Iceland Laugavegur Trek is a wonderful and wild trek amongst the unique landscapes of Iceland. From the modern city of Reykjavik to the volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls and steaming lava fields of the interior, Iceland is a country of great contrast. Our trekking route will take us through one of the most actively volcanic areas in Iceland.
The Iceland Laugavegur Trek is the premier trek in Iceland and one of the most spectacular wilderness treks in Europe, the days are long with some steep climbs and descents on rough ground, you will be expected to help set up camp in the evenings. Our discreet vehicle support enables us to provide well-equipped camps and also means that we are trekking lightweight and fully enjoy this superb wilderness adventure in Iceland to the full.
1 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik
4 night’s accommodation in tents with mattresses
Qualified UK mountain leader (Groups 6+)
English speaking Icelandic guide.
Landrover assistance/support vehicle and driver
Satellite telephone, VHF radio back up
All meals whilst trekking
Celebration Meal in Reykjavik
Flights to and from Reykjavik
Lunch day 1 & 6
How to Book
The easiest way to book your trip is online click Dates and Availability. You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £140 at the time of booking. It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to email@example.com, however you will need to pay your deposit of £140 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
Flight to Keflavík, the airport that serves Reykjavik. Transfer to camp in Landmannahellir, dinner followed by briefing. Overnight camp.
We trek from Landmannahellir (590m) to Landmannalaugar (575m) passing lakes and the magnificent Domadalslava lava fields. En-route we enjoy views of Lodmundur, a table mountain formed by a volcanic eruption. We trek through grassy meadows, between rocky peaks and into stunning gorges making our way towards the multi-coloured mountains of Landmannalaugar. Tonight we can enjoy a relaxing soak in the hot springs for which this area is known. Overnight camp.
6 hours trekking approx. 13.5 km
This is the longest and toughest day. From Landmannalaugar (575m) we trek across the ancient lava field of Laugahraun, formed in 1477. It’s an area of much geothermal activity with steaming vents and gurgling hot springs. The route then takes us over the Hrafntinnusker plateau at 1000m. From this vantage point we have spectacular views of numerous mountains which dominate the skyline. The surrounding area is full of ravines, as rivers easily cut through the soft rock. We climb for most of the morning (500m in 12km) and may even cross snowfields left over from the long Icelandic winter. From the hut at Hrafntinnusker the trail descends over the lava slopes of Reykjafjoll before continuing on flatter ground to the Álftavatn Valley where we camp by the lake (537m). As the afternoon progresses the landscape changes considerably. Behind us are barren, colourful rhyolite mountains but in front are dark tuff mountains and glaciers.
9 hours trekking approx. 25 km
Leaving camp we wade through an icy stream which will ensure everyone is wide awake and raring to go. After a few short climbs and descents we reach an extraordinary desolate and surreal landscape – a black volcanic plain devoid of vegetation. Later we encounter the raging Kaldaklofskvisi river as we trek towards the deep canyon of the Markarfljot river. The terrain today is predominantly flat. We camp at the campsite next to the Emstrur hut.
7 hours trekking approx. 15 km
We set off along the Markarfljot canyon which is well over 100m deep, heading in and out of small valleys. As we draw nearer to Thorsmörk the landscape becomes more green and wooded. It is a stark contrast to the barren lava flows we encountered earlier in the trek. Three dramatic glaciers preside over the valley: Mýrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindafjallajökull (jökull means glacier in Icelandic). We ford the Pronga River before descending to the finish line in Thorsmörk. We meet our transfer to Reykjavik (2 ½ hours) which will be by 4×4 bus, fording glacial rivers on our way to the main road. Overnight stay at a youth hostel in Reykjavík. In the evening we will have a celebration dinner in a good restaurant in down town Reykjavik. Transfer to Reykjavik
7 hours trekking approx. 15 km
In the morning there is time for some optional excursions like whale watching or a tour to the Blue Lagoon. In the afternoon transfer to Keflavik for flight back to the UK.