Laugavegur Trek - 4 Day Family Tour (Camping) Guided Tour Best seller

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4 DAY LAUGAVEGUR TREK (CAMPING)

We start in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland, and make our way south through the Highlands. On the way lies fields of obsidian, red and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers. We stop at different areas each night hiking from hut to hut and ending in Þórsmörk, a green valley nestled under the famous glacier Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.  All meals are included and your guide is there to provide local information and assistance. The Laugavegur trail together with Fimmvörðuháls pass was chosen one of "20 Best Hikes in the world" by National Geographic. 

Cancellation policy
Multiday and trekking Tours
Cancellation fee of 100.0% is charged if cancelled 2 day(s) or less before the activity
Cancellation fee of 50.0% is charged if cancelled 28 day(s) or less before the activity
Cancellation fee of 10.0% is charged if cancelled 180 day(s) or less before the activity

What´s Included

Transport to/from our meeting points

Guiding Service

Camping fees

Tent & insulation mattress  

Meals

Luggage transport from camp to camp

What to bring

  • Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof 
  • Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
  • Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
  • Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
  • Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
  • Day backpack about 25-40 L 
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)
  • River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow
  • Towel
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • 1-2 L Water bottle
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Pen knife
  • Camera, batteries & memory card
  • Book
  • Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
  • Earplugs

Additional information


Itinerary

DAY 1
Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker
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Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

The tour starts by the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti at 7.00 a.m. Vonarstræti is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavík. We also offer pick up at your door for a small fee. The drive to Landmannalaugar takes about 3-4 hours; we will drive along the beautiful south coast and turn inland to pass Iceland´s most active volcano, Hekla. Our hike starts in the beautiful highlands of Landmannalaugar. As we walk through this geothermal wonderland, guests can expect to witness unbelievably colorful vibrant mountains and steaming hot springs. We walk by the beautiful hot spring, Stórihver, before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We spend the night in a hut in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote spots in Iceland. (L, r, D) Driving time: 3-4 hrs Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540 ') 

DAY 2
Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn (Whooper Swan Lake)
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Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn (Whooper Swan Lake)

After breakfast in the hut we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjöll mountains and then descend into the Jökultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. From the top of Jökultungur there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and lake Álftavatn which is our next overnight stop. Before reaching Álftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night in a hut by the beautiful lake. (B, L, r, D) Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Descent: 490 m (1610 ') 

DAY 3
Álftavatn Lake - Emstrur
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Álftavatn Lake - Emstrur

We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and into the black desert of Mælifellssandur. On our way we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is a chance to enjoy the view on Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Just before reaching the hut in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljótsgljúfur, almost 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljót. We will spend the night in the hut in a little green oasis, a welcoming sight after walking through the black sands. (B, L, r, D) Distance: 15km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 40 m (130 ') 

DAY 4
Emstrur - Þórsmörk Valley - Reykjavík
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Emstrur - Þórsmörk Valley - Reykjavík

We leave Emstrur behind and continue on our way to Þórsmörk along the canyons. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We walk at the foot of the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Þórsmörk. Þórsmörk is a green valley situated between the rivers Krossá, Þröngá and Markarfljót; offers a beautiful mountain view on volcanic glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. We return to Reykjavík in the evening at around 22:00. We will stop at the Tourist Information office on Vonarstræti, situated in the center of the city. From there, it's easy and convenient to catch a taxi or local bus, otherwise drop off at your accommodation can be purchased together with your tour. (B, L) Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985 ') Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs

The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner)