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Laugavegur Trail Camping (4 days)

Bookatrekking.com Trips - 4 days

  • Laugavegur Trail Camping (4 days)
  • 4 days / 3 nights
  • Difficulty: Medium
Overview
Route
What's Included
Accommodation
Packing list
FAQ
Safety
COVID-19
How to Book

Overview

> Complete Iceland's most beautiful hike in 4 days
> Enjoy everything Iceland has to offer
> Accommodation in tents on the Laugavegur Trail included

The Laugavegur Trail is located in the Southern Icelandic Highlands and connects the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar with the forested valley of Þórmörk in the South. Laugavegur means "The Way of the Water", and that is exactly what the trail does: it follows a stream. 

On this 4-day trek, you will walk the Laugavegur Trail in 4 stages, starting in Landmannalaugar and ending in Þórmörk. During the trek, you will enjoy the variety of Iceland, by passing the 'Swan Lake', black sand deserts, vibrant green mountains, crater lakes, and volcanoes. The trail is 55 kilometers, or 35 miles long. On this trip, we will arrange the accommodation in tents for you and we will provide you with the walking notes necessary to complete the trail. Are you ready for this Icelandic adventure?

Why book through Bookatrekking.com?
You can walk the Laugavegur Trail completely independently. However, putting together the right route including arranging a tent, the needed gear, luggage transport, and the bus transfer can be complicated. Bookatrekking.com has warm contacts with all the partners on the Laugavegur Trail and we are happy to take that burden off your shoulders. Contact our Trekking Experts for free travel advice and arranging your Laugavegur Trail walk.

Please note: in order to make a booking, the minimum amount of people is 2.

Route

What's the plan?

Day 1: Landmannalaugar - Hrafnttinnusker
The first part of the route is the shortest in kilometers, but as the total height is almost 500 meters and this is the first day of the walk, many people find this part a bit exhausting. The weather is unstable in these areas, and it is often necessary to walk in the snow, which adds to the difficulty.  The first section goes up to the lava field of Laugahraun, crosses it, and then goes downhill before going back up to the plateau just below Brennisteinsalda. Stop here and admire the beautiful views, the flora, the mountains, and the gaps in all the colors of the rainbow.  

The route continues up to the plateau, where small ravines cut into the landscape as the rivers form the gentle mountain. The road ahead is all uphill, but not extremely steep. The next destination is Stórihver, a beautiful vegetation spot right next to a buzzing geyser where you can stop, rest your legs, and have a picnic from the provision box. From here it is about an hour's walk to the Höskuldsskáli hut near Hrafntinnusker.   

Distance: 10.5 kilometers
Walking duration: 4-5 hours
Ascent: 500 meters
Descent: 90 meters

Day 2: Hrafnttinnusker - Álftavatn
The path from Hrafntinnusker runs along the slopes of Reykjafjöll. The area is a valley floor that is mostly flat, but there are a few ravines that need to be crossed with extra care as they are often half full of snow. If the weather and visibility are good, it is recommended to do the extra walk up to Háskerðingur, the highest mountain in the area, 1281m. The hike takes about 1-1.5 hours. Be careful, there are often glacier gorges in the ice just below the top. However, the top itself is usually snow-free in summer.  

The trail now goes up and down through some canyons until it reaches the edge of Jökultungur, with incomparable views of the entire trail and the three glaciers Tindfjallajökull, Eyjafjallajökull, and Mýrdalsjökull. The way down along the Jökultungur is quite steep and rocky, so be careful. At the bottom of the Jökultungur awaits the Grashagakvísl River, which in some cases can be crossed by a snow bridge. If not, you have to cross the river on foot. The water in Grashagakvísl is fresh and good to drink. From here, the route to the cabin at Lake Álftavatn is easy.  

Distance: 12.2 kilometers
Walking duration: 4-5 hours
Ascent: 80 meters
Descent: 560 meters



Day 3: Álftavatn - Emstrur
From Álftavatn the trail heads east over Brattháls and further east to Hvanngil. The Bratthálskvísl river has no bridge and must be crossed on foot, which is relatively easy in most cases. From the hill above Hvanngil, the view is magnificent. In Hvanngil, hikers can use the toilet facilities. Some hikers choose to spend the night here instead of in Álftavatn. From Hvanngil there is a short walk to the river Kaldaklofskvísl, which can be crossed by a footbridge. Just south is another river, Bláfjallakvísl, without a bridge. Be careful, especially during heavy rainfall the water can rise quickly.  

The route now runs mostly along the main road until it reaches the river Innri Emstruá. This one has a bridge. Occasionally you have to walk through some water because there is an overflow that crosses the bridge. Just south of this, the path bends from the main road to the left and southwards to Emstrur, where the land is practical without vegetation. In dry weather, with strong winds, especially from the north, there can be a sand storm. The path lies between two mountains, called Útigönguhöfðar, and in about an hour you reach the Botnar hut in Emstrur.  

Distance: 17 kilometers
Walking duration: 5 hours
Ascent: 200 meters
Descent: 260 meters

Day 4: Emstrur - Þórsmörk
From the huts in Botnar the trail leads east. Shortly afterward you come to a bridge over the river Syðri-Emstruá. The river flows into a narrow deep gorge that reaches as far as Entujökull. People with a fear of heights may have difficulty reaching and crossing the bridge. From there, the trail leads past Langháls and to the merging of the Markarfljót and Syðri-Emstruá rivers. It is recommended to walk to the edge of the gorge where the rivers meet, before walking south through Almenningar. Soon the path runs through two small ravines, Slyppugil and Bjórgil. In each of these ravines is a stream with drinkable water.  

After climbing the last-named gorge, Bjórgil, the path leads to Fauskatorfur and gradually to an area with more vegetation, also called Úthólmar. The hill up from the river Ljósá is called Kápa or Overjas and is the last steep slope on the path. When the path goes down from Kápa, you have to cross the river Þröngá, which is not difficult in most cases but can be quite rocky. The river marks the border of Þórsmörk and now it is only a half an hour's walk through the pleasant forests of Hamraskógar until you arrive at Langidalur, Þórsmörk.  

Distance: 16.2 kilometers
Walking duration: 6 hours
Ascent: 290 meters
Descent: 550 meters

What's Included

Included:

Booking tents and camping equipment
We will take care of arranging the tents and camping equipment. Camping equipment contains a sleeping bag, an air mattress, a cooking set, a stove, and some cutlery and tableware. You will only need to pick it up at the BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavik.

 Transfers
Once in Reykjavik, you will have to take the bus to Landmannalaugar, where the Laugavegur Trail starts. We will book the bus for you, so the tickets are included in this package. You will also receive information on which bus you have to take and a timetable.

√ Baggage Transfer
This trek includes the transfer of your luggage throughout the entire trek. Your bag, tent, camping equipment, and other bags will be picked up from the hut and will be driven to the next stop. Baggage transfers allow you to travel lighter during the day and enjoy the walk in a more relaxed manner.

Excluded:

× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Reykjavik. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Reykjavik. 

× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.

× Meals
You will have to bring your own food during the trek. We will arrange a stove and a cooking set, which you can use.

× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

× Camping
Per person per night, you will have to pay ISK 2500, which is the same as € 20 or $ 25. This must be paid on the spot with the wardens, upon arriving. You can pay with a credit card and ISK cash.

× Showers
You will have access to the bathrooms in the huts, but you will have to pay for the showers yourself. You will need to pay ISK 500 for 5 minutes, which is equivalent to € 4 or $ 5. This can also be paid in ISK cash. 

× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

Accommodation

Accommodation

On the Laugavegur Trail, you will spend the night in tents, next to the Icelandic huts. There is always availability for you and your tent, so there is no need to book this in advance. This might result in a very packed campground.

The price per person per night is ISK 2500, which is equivalent to € 20 or $ 25. This must be paid on the spot with the wardens, upon arriving. You can pay with a credit card and ISK cash.
You will have access to the bathrooms and drinking water in the huts. For the showers, you will have to pay yourself. You will need to pay ISK 500 for 5 minutes, which is equivalent to € 4 or $ 5. This can also be paid in ISK cash. In Hrafntinnusker, there are no showers available.

Everyone must take their trash with them to the next hut. As soon as you arrive in Þórsmörk, you can put your trash in the garnish bin.
We will arrange the tents, the air mattresses, sleeping bags, a cooking set, a stove, meals and luggage transport for you.

There are some main rules, that you must follow. Hygiene, cleanliness, and consideration for fellow travelers are very important. These rules are made to ensure a comfortable stay for everyone.

- If the manager is available, please discuss your reservation with him/her, where to sleep, and specific rules
- Rest times are from midnight to seven o'clock the next morning
- When leaving, make sure your camping spot is clean and tidy
- Don't forget to pay for the facilities
- Help to keep the environment clean by not leaving your rubbish behind
- You hike in Iceland to experience nature. Remember: clean environment = beautiful nature!

Packing list

Packing List

Iceland's weather is completely unpredictable and constantly changing. The only predictable thing about Icelandic weather is the wind, as it is almost always blowing. For example, it is not unusual to experience a snowstorm in July or dense fog when the weather forecast was sunny! This is why walkers should always carry the same basic equipment in their rucksack, regardless of the season, weather, or length of the walk. This basic equipment includes navigation equipment (GPS, map, and compass) and wind and waterproof clothing. Please note that when staying in cabins in Iceland, you will need to bring both a sleeping bag and your own food, as you cannot buy a ready-to-eat meal in the cabins.   

Essentials:  
- Hiking boots (broken in)
- Hiking socks 
- Base layer tops - ideally thermal 
- Mid-layer tops (e.g. fleece)
- Trekking trousers 
- Hat for warmth or shade 
- Gloves 
- Waterproof jacket 
- Waterproof trousers 
- Casual clothing & footwear for evenings   
- Nightwear and underwear 
- Water bottle 
- Sunglasses & sunscreen 
- Toiletries 

Extras:     
- Small first aid kit 
- Blister plasters 
- Insect repellent 
- Camera and charger 
- Map and compass  
- Whistle 
- Book to read 
-Energy snacks
- Walking Sticks   

Covid-19:
- Dust mask
- Hand sanitizer

FAQ

FAQ

What is the best season?
The Laugavegur Trail is only accessible during the summer months, from June to September. In these months, you will find the least snow on the trails. Also, the bus that takes you to Landmannalaugar only runs in these months. 

How do I get to the starting point?
The best way to get to Landmannalaugar, the starting point of the Laugavegur Trail is by bus. There are two companies that sell tickets for their adventurous bus ride. Adventurous? Yes, it is definitely not a city bus ride. To get to Landmannalaugar, you follow gravel roads and cross a river. The bus is of course well equipped for this.

How do I get back to Reykjavik?
The bus that brought you from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar, will also bring you back. You will get on the bus in Húsadalur, in Þórsmörk, at the 'Volcano Huts'. From here, the bus will take you in approximately 4 hours back to Reykjavik.

Direction of the Laugavegur Trail
The trail normally can be walked both ways, however, due to the popularity of the trail, it is a one-way, traditional route, starting in Landmannalaugar and ending in Þórsmörk. All Icelanders who hike the Laugavegur Trail take the route from north to south, so from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. The view that suddenly opens up over the southern part of the trail, Álftavatn, and the southern glacier from Jökultungur, is pure magic and is forever in the memory of those who have experienced it.

Where to find maps?
Of course, there is nothing better than a real old-fashioned map, possibly made of paper. You can buy maps of the Laugavegur Trail in almost every bookstore in Reykjavik.

Safety

Safety

The Laugavegur Trail is perfectly safe. However, it is important that you hike between the months of June and September. If you go outside these months, the paths are covered with snow and it is a lot less safe to hike the Laugavegur Trail.

Icelandic Emergency Number: 112

COVID-19

The Laugavegur Trail and Covid-19

The Icelandic Touring Association strives to minimize the risk of disease, in accordance with the Ministry of Health in Iceland, by ensuring a clean environment in the huts and on the campsites. They have adapted their cleaning processes at each of the huts to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19. They also encourage the hikers to cooperate by using disinfectants and hand sanitisers, which are available in the huts and toilets. There are special rules for both staying in the huts and on the campsite.  

The Icelandic Touring Association encourages everyone to be considerate of others by maintaining appropriate distance and hygiene. They ask guests to follow the instructions and regularly wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer. In this way, we can all minimize the spread of Covid-19. Check this website for the latest updates on Covid-19 in Iceland and for travel restrictions.

How to Book

How to Book?

On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 15% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:  

 There is availability 
We ask once again for a deposit of 15% to secure all accommodation for you. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking. 

X There is no availability 
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 15% will be refunded.

Cancellation Policy
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount. 

Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via support@bookatrekking.com. We are happy to help you.

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