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Experience the highlands of Iceland on a 6 day hiking tour. You will see the best Icelandic nature has to offer – glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, geothermal hot springs and colorful mountains.
✅ Þórsmörk (Thorsmork).
✅ Magni and Móði craters.
Available: June 15th – September 18th
Duration: 6 days.
Minimum Age: 15 years.
Pick-up time: 07:00 a.m. in front of the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or by arrangement at one of our other *meeting points.
Drop-off: Please check tour itinerary for drop off points and times.
Group size: 16 persons.
Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:
7:00 a.m. – Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
7:00 a.m. – Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut
7:15 a.m. – Hallgrímskirkja Church
7:30 a.m. – Reykjavik Campsite
*Please note: You may have to wait up to 30 minutes before the bus departs from the listed locations.
Remember to bring: Please check our detailed equipment list.
Hiking the Laugavegur trail is without equal in Iceland. Adding Fimmvörðuháls into the equation is absolute magic! The Laugavegur trail connects Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve with Þórsmörk valley, it is about 55 km long. See the new craters from the 2010 eruption at Fimmvörðuháls.
Trekking tours are really friendly giving a great opportunity to get to know people from all over the world. Your professional guide organizes and prepares the meals but the willing assistance of participants is greatly appreciated. Enjoy being part of a team – many hands make light work!
We leave Reykjavík early in the day for the 3 to 4 hours drive to Landmannalaugar. We pass through South Iceland before going up into the highlands to the geothermal hot spring area. The gentle green farmlands of the lowlands will give way to the awe inspiring volcanic scenery around the glorious Hekla Volcano. Your trek begins at Landmannalaugar where the incredibly colorful rhyolite mountains will set the color palette for the scenery; fields of obsidian, red, green and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers. See the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring on the way to your accommodation at Hrafntinnusker. Hiking 12 km.
Day 2 will take you to the Reykjafjöll geothermal rhyolite mountains and the area around the Jökultungur peak with dramatic views over the Fjallabak area. We will need to wade a river on the way to our accommodation at Álftavatn lake! Hiking 12 km. Day 3 we wade another stream as we trek into volcano country. Crossing Mælifellssandur, and passing the Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanos on the way to Emstrur, will give us outstanding views of the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Mýrdalsjökull glacier, with the mighty Katla Volcano lurking ominously beneath it.
On our way to Botnar, a green oasis in the black sand desert where we will spend the night, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a 200 m deep canyon shaped by powerful glacier activity. Hiking 15 km. Day 4 we will complete the Laugavegur trail to Þórsmörk, passing through stunning Almenningar you will get great views of Mount Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain). Your accommodation for the night will be in a stunning location at Þórsmörk beneath Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Hiking 15 km.
Day 5 Fimmvörðuháls Pass and the new volcanic craters, Magni and Móði. These craters were formed in the first 2010 eruption, their names mean strong and brave, they were named after sons of the Norse Thunder God, Þór. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the unique geological features which surround you – outstandingly spectacular scenery all the way is guaranteed! Hiking 16 km. Your accommodation will be at Þórsmörk. We celebrate the trek with a traditional Icelandic lamb grill dinner. This is something really special. The Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trek has been listed by National Geographic as a world top 20 hike.
Day 6 hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði, or just maybe relax or stroll around Þórsmörk or perhaps a gentle wander to Húsadalur will be appealing? Glimpse Slejalandsfoss waterfall on the journey back. Return to Reykjavík will be early in the evening.
We depart early in the morning from the center of Reykjavik to make the most of the day. The drive to Landmannalaugar will take about 3-4 hours, first of all along the south coast and then up into the highlands where we will spend the rest of week. The journey itself is highly scenic and fascinating, taking us by the magnificent volcano mountain, Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland. This volcano, said by many Europeans in the Middle Ages to be ‘The Gateway to Hell’ has erupted every 10 – 15 years throughout the last century. Landmannalaugar is the starting point for the Laugavegur trail. We will make our way through the geothermal wonders which make this place so remarkable, admire the incredibly vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains and the steaming hot springs. On the way to our accommodation for our first night, at Hrafntinnusker, we will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring before crossing over into the obsidian desert, the flinty raven blackness of which inspired the name, Hrafntinnusker, in Icelandic Hrafn means raven.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540′).
Stóri Hver hot spring
Scenic drive from Reykjavík
After a good sleep and a nutritious breakfast we will be energized and ready to go again! The vibrantly colored Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area are at the top of the agenda today. Geothermal activity has turned these craggy gullies into burnt, and sometimes vivid yellows and reds over time, these colors contrast dramatically with the soft pale sandy hues around them. The top of Jökultungur is a great place to enjoy views over the whole Fjallabak (behind the mountain) area and Álftavatn lake where we will be spending the night. To get to our accommodation we have to cross a river on foot. Wading a river is usually a very exciting experience for overseas hikers.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610′)
After an energizing breakfast we are ready to set off again! We begin by wading across another stream as we proceed onto Mælifellssandur and into volcano country. We will pass the Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanos on our way to Emstrur, from where, in clear visibility, we will get absolutely outstanding views of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull volcano mountain glaciers. On our way to Botnar, a green oasis in the midst of a black sand desert, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a stunning 200 m deep canyon fashioned by a glacial river. We will spend the night in this area.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130′).
Black sand deserts
Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier views
After a good breakfast, we leave Emstrur and continue the hike to Þórsmörk. As we go through the Almenningar gorge by Mount Einhyrningur (the Unicorn Mountain), we will still have a great view of the glaciers as we advance towards Þórsmörk. As we get closer the landscape and nature change, a few trees begin to appear here and there, setting the tone for the characteristic dense birch forest for which Þórsmörk is famous. Our accommodation will be in a simply magnificent location to spend a night, beneath the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. You can now celebrate your completion of the world famous Laugavegur trail!
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985′).
Fimmvörðuháls is the magnificent high mountain pass between Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull – the infamous volcano that erupted in 2010. Today you will be visiting the two new volcano craters, Magni and Móði, which were formed in the first eruption in 2010. Magni and Móði are named after the sons of Þór (Thor), the Norse God, their names mean strong and brave. The scenery on the Fimmvörðuháls pass is absolutely fantastic and totally stunning. The new lava really brings into sharp focus the way Iceland is still being formed by volcanic activity. We will spend a final night among the other-worldly vistas of Þórsmork. Your completion of the Laugavegur and Fimmvorðuháls trail will be celebrated in the traditional Icelandic way with a delicious grilled lamb dinner.
Distance: 16km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 800 m (2600′).
Famous volcano eruption site of 2010
New craters Magni and Móði
Traditional Icelandic lamb meal
The last day of the tour will be spent exploring Þórsmörk and the surrounding area. A hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði will give outstanding views over the valley and the glaciers. For those who are not up for a serious hike, a stroll to Húsadalur might be an option, or just relaxing around Langidalur before we return to Reykjavík. On our way to the city, you can get a glimpse of Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30.
Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi) Walking time: 3 hrs.
Drop off is offered at: Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. Taxis and local buses services are available from these points.
Mt. Útgönguhöfði for a more challenging hike
Húsadalur Valley for a slower hike
Seljalandsfoss (waterfall view)
Scenic drive to Reykjavík