Laugavegur Trail – Iceland Trek
Iceland is one of those extraordinary places on Earth which eludes to visions of majestic waterfalls, impressive glaciers, spouting geysers and steaming hot pools. This wild landscape is the perfect destination for adventure seekers and enthusiasts of the natural world.
Trekking the incredible Laugavegur Trail in southern Iceland, will lead you through striking landscapes spanning gorges, glaciers and multicolored rhyolite mountains. On this 5-day trek you will experience all kinds of terrain, from good paths and green valley pastures to rocky scree, volcanic sand and windswept ridges. There will be river crossings and you might even encounter the odd patch of snow. After each amazing day of trekking you will spend the nights camped under a blanket of star filled skies.
Discreet vehicle support enables the provision of well-equipped camps and lightweight trekking so you can fully immerse yourself in this bucket list wilderness adventure. Whether it’s from the inclines, the distance covered or just from the expansive views, prepare to have your breath taken away.
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1 nights’ accommodation in Reykjavik
4 night’s accommodation in tents with mattresses
Certified UK Mountain Leader (groups 10+)
English speaking Icelandic Guide
Landrover assistance/support vehicle and driver
Satellite telephone, VHF radio back up
All meals whilst trekking
Celebration meal in Reykjavik
Donation made to our partner charity, Cool Earth
Trek training programme
Exclusive discount codes for Joe Brown’s, The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel
Flights to and from Reykjavik. These can be organised at an additional cost
Lunch day 1 & 6
Tipping for local crew (optional)
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Kit as outlined on your Kit List
Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early ie. accommodation or flight changes. etc.
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.
Weather & Safety
The weather in Iceland in the period from July to early September is generally fairly good. We can expect daytime temperatures anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees centigrade, dropping to just above freezing in the evenings. At the highest points on our hike, we can also expect to encounter cold conditions. At any time of year in Iceland, there is a chance of poor weather, with rain and wind. But, equally, we should also encounter good days that are clear and sunny. In short, you need to be prepared for English Lake District walking. Bring your waterproofs!
To complete the Iceland Trek comfortably, it is preferable that you have some previous experience of trekking but it’s not essential. The walking is not dangerous or technically difficult, but you must be a confident walker with a good level of fitness in order to manage the sections of ascent and long duration of the trek, combined with carrying your backpack every day. During the trek you will be required to carry personal items due to the remoteness of the trek. This will include packed lunches & snacks, drinking water, wet weather gear, additional warm layers and personal items. Due to the unpredictability of the climate in Iceland, you will need to be prepared for walking in all conditions, as the weather can change extremely rapidly, making clothing and footwear choices important.The regions we visit on the trip are very remote and you should be prepared to spend time in areas where facilities and services are limited. Roads are mostly unpaved and although well-maintained they can be bumpy and dusty.
All our guides are first aid trained and carry fully equipped medical kits for serious medical emergencies.There are no compulsory vaccinations for Iceland but we recommend you consult your GP before departure. A good level of fitness is required for this trip.
During this trip the group will spend 1 nights in basic hotel or guesthouse accommodation, situated within a short walk of central Reykjavik. The accommodation here will be based on twin room sharing although it may be possible to book a single room at an additional cost. Whilst on trek we will be camping and will use 3-person tunnel tents for 2 persons. It is also possible to book a single tent for an additional cost. Most camping will be beside mountain huts which will have shower facilities available for a small charge. We do not use the mountain huts because they are regularly overbooked and crowded. We can get a better night’s sleep in our tents. An essential part of your holiday is participation in camp chores including erecting tents and packing up. It’s all part of the adventure and if everyone puts in little effort the trip will run smoothly.
Passport & Visa
A passport with 6 months remaining validity is required. Visas are not required by UK or EC passport holders. Other nationalities should check with the Consulate in their own country.
It is a condition of this trip that you are insured against medical and personal accident. Adventurous Ewe require documentary evidence of your insurance prior to departure.
What do you do to protect the environment?
All Adventurous Ewe treks operate in a small group style which means you’ll stay under the radar, travel the local way and eat the local. You’ll have the unsurpassed knowledge of your local leader, taking you out of the guidebooks and into a world of incredible landscapes and wildlife you’re waiting to discover. You can also play your part by ensuring all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and you leave no trace during your trekking challenge. Adventurous Ewe follow the local guidelines on cultural and environmental protection and respect.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.