Enjoy exploring extreme and rugged landscapes? The Iceland Laugavegur Trek might just be what you’re looking for out of your next adventure.
This trek will take you from the contemporary city of Reykjavik into the wild and untouched interior of Iceland. Full of volcanoes, massive waterfalls, lava fields and hot springs – it’s an incredible place that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. The Laugavegur Trek will take you through one of the most actively volcanic areas within Iceland, with some tough steep climbs and descents.
Day 1 of the journey will begin at Reykjavik, before being transported to Landmannahellir where we’ll set up camp for the night. After waking up in Landmannahellir on Day 2, we’ll begin a trek through Landmannalaugar. This stunning nature reserve is recognisable for its colourful mountains and incredibly soothing geothermal hot springs. It’s really something incredible to be bathing in temperatures of up to 40°C, whilst there’s icy winds and snow falling around you!
You’ll also pass the Domadalslava lava fields before setting up camp once again.
Day 3 is a rather tough one – you’ll be trekking across the ancient lava field of Laugahraun. Pass through steaming vents and gurgling hot springs which are far too hot to touch.
Day 4 of the adventure will have you crossing an icy stream just to make sure you’re awake and raring to go for the day ahead. A couple of short climbs and a few descents from Alftavatn will lead you to a black volcanic plain – devoid of all life. This barren landscape almost makes you feel like you’re on another planet.
You’ll also have the chance to see the winding Markarfljót River, which spans 100 kilometers in length.
On Day 5, you’ll start off along the Markarfljót canyon, which is over 100m deep. You’ll navigate through small valleys until you reach Thorsmörk. At Thorsmörk, you’ll have an awe-inspiring view of the Mýrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindafjallajökull glaciers.
Day 6 allows you to have some freedom once you’re back at Reykjavik. Visit the Viking museum, go on a whale watching tour or relax in the geothermal Blue Lagoon pools.
Going on the Iceland Laugavegur Trek means you’ll be accompanied by a qualified UK mountain leader, as well as having land rover assistance and kitchen staff. It also means you won’t have to worry about booking accommodation and buying food for treks – it’s all conveniently done for you. There’s also a celebration meal on the last night in Reykjavik!