Laugavegur Highland Walking Trail

from £1928
excluding flights *
6 nights Jun-Sep

Overview

Lace up your boots for one of the world’s classic long-distance hikes. This five-day, small-group guided trek tackles the incredible Laugavegur trail – a 55km journey from the hot springs of Landmannalaugar to the verdant glacial valley of Thorsmork, passing colourful mountain slopes, glaciers, lakes and rivers along the way.

Highlights

  • Explore a truly remote area accessible only on foot
  • Experience the spectacular wilderness of the Highlands
  • Hike with a small group, led by an expert guide
  • Discover the legendary Thorsmork valley
  • See the colourful rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation with shared facilities in mountain huts
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Trek as per itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

Full description

What makes this trek so special?

A small-group walking holiday, striding out with like-minded travellers on a world-class hike in the company of an expert guide... our Laugavegur Highland Trek provides an amazing opportunity to explore the rugged Highlands of the interior. As well as enjoying stupendous views, you will gain a fascinating insight into local culture and geology. For keen photographers, it’s a must.

Putting the Laugavegur on the map

Linking Landmannalaugar with the 'hidden' valley of Thorsmork, the 55km Laugavegur is one of the most popular walking trails in Iceland. Part of Fjallabak Nature Reserve, the rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar are richly coloured with yellows, reds and greys. Black lava flows and sapphire-blue lakes add extra splashes to the surreal palette of this otherworldly place where hot springs and freshwater streams have created some fabulous geothermal bathing pools. At the southern end of the Laugavegur trail, Thorsmork is a verdant realm of wooded valleys and dramatic ridges, surrounded on three sides by glaciers.

On the trail

On this four day trek you will experience all kinds of terrain, from good paths and green valley pastures to rocky scree, volcanic sand and windswept ridges. You might encounter the odd patch of snow and there will also be river crossings. Each day’s walk lasts from 4-7 hours, with no more than 600m of ascent on any day. The trail is suitable for any regular walker with a reasonable level of fitness. Your food and equipment will be transferred by support vehicle, allowing you to walk with just a lightweight daysack. Nights are spent in simple but cosy mountain huts where group participation will be needed for cooking etc.

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £120 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

These are starting prices in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities (in Reykjavik) and huts with shared facilities

Departure Duration Twin price Single Price Status of Tour
14 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
16 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
18 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
21 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
23 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
25 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
28 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
30 Jun 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
02 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
05 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
07 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
09 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
12 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
14 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
16 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
19 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
21 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
23 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
26 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
28 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
30 Jul 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
03 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
04 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
06 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
09 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
11 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
13 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
16 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
18 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
20 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
23 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
27 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
30 Aug 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
03 Sep 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available
06 Sep 2020 6 nights £1,928 £2,099 Available

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation with shared facilities for 4 nights in mountain huts on full board basis (except breakfast on day one and dinner on the last day of the trek)
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Airport transfers between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik hotel
  • Bus transportation as per itinerary
  • Jeep transfer for food and equipment between campsites
  • Sleeping bag & cooking gear
  • Services of guide
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection »

Dietary requirements

can be catered for from £45 per person for the length of the tour and must be pre booked.

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 6 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 16.

Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details

Private departures

Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation

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Day 1: Arrive in Iceland

Fly from the UK to Keflavik and transfer by bus to your hotel in Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 2: Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar, hike to Hrafntinnusker

Take an early morning bus to Landmannalaugar, passing Hekla and other volcanoes in the Domadalur area. After lunch, set off on the trail, heading south into the mountains past gorges, hot springs and colourful mountain ridges. Overnight at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut.
Hiking information: Distance: 12km | Walking time: 4-5hrs | Ascent: 470m

Day 3: Hrafntinnusker to Alftavatn

Walk through the gullies of Jokultungur with their steaming hot springs and bubbling mud pools. There are wonderful views south towards Swan Lake and the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers. Overnight at Álftavatn hut.
Hiking information: 12km | Walking time: 4-5 hrs | Descent: 490m

Day 4: Alftavatn to Emstrur

A day of striking contrasts, the trail weaves among green, moss-clad mountains rising from the black desert of Maelifellssandur. The trail then leads towards another ancient volcano, Hattfell, and the Emstrur region – once used as a summer sheep pasture. Venture into the Markarfljot canyon, before heading to Botnar hut for the night.
Hiking information: 16km | Walking time: 6-7hrs | Descent: 40m

Day 5: Emstrur to Thorsmork

Continue weaving through the small valleys of Emstrur, close to the Myrdalsjokull icecap. Towards the end of the day, the vegetation starts to become denser as you descend into Thorsmork (Woods of Thor) with its valleys filled with birch woodland and flowers. Overnight at Thorsmork.
Hiking information: 17km | Walking time: 6-7hrs | Descent: 300m

Day 6: Thorsmork to Reykjavík

Spend the morning in Thorsmork exploring one or two of the numerous paths. Options include the Songhellir cave and the climb up Valahnukur for panoramic views. Later, take the afternoon bus to Reykjavík for an overnight stay at your hotel.

Overnight at Hotel Cabin.

Day 7: Return to UK

Transfer by bus from your hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport for your flight back to the UK.

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