Laugavegur Trail and Fimmvörðuháls Hike - Including accommodation before and after

9 days
T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
250 - 500 m ascent per day
> Complete Iceland's two most beautiful hikes in 6 days
> Enjoy everything Iceland has to offer
> Accommodation before, on and after the Laugavegur Trail and the Fimmvörðuháls Hike 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.

The Fimmvörðuháls Hike is located in the southwest of Iceland - one of the busiest tourist regions in Iceland. The highlight of this hike is the opportunity to walk through a wide variety of landscapes in one day, or rather two days: starting at the ocean, past 26 waterfalls to tundra grasslands, then cross a volcanic plateau where some of the world's most recent volcanic activity has taken place.

On this 7-day trek, you will walk the Laugavegur Trail and the Fimmvörðuháls Hike, starting in Landmannalaugar and ending in Skógar. 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 85 kilometers, or 52.8 miles long. On this trip, we will arrange the accommodation for you and we will provide you with the walking notes necessary to complete the trail. Are you ready for this Icelandic adventure?

Itinerary

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1

Arrival in Reykjavik

Today you will have to make your way to Reykjavik. Here, you will spend the night in a hotel or B&B, preparing for your Laugavegur Trail adventure.

Hotel Frón

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Hotel Frón
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2

Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

Duration: 04:15 h
Distance: 10.5 km
Ascent: 500 m
Descent: 90 m
First, you will take the bus from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar. This will take about 4 hours. You then start with the hike. 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.

Hrafntinnusker

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Hrafntinnusker
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3

Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn

Duration: 04:35 h
Distance: 12.2 km
Ascent: 80 m
Descent: 560 m
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.

Álftavatn

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Álftavatn
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Included

  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Laugavegur Trail for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Laugavegur Trail, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Laugavegur Trail, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.

  • Accommodation before and after the tour

    Accommodation before and after the trek is included. Breakfast is part of your stay.

  • Transfers on Iceland

    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.

Excluded

  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

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

  • Personal expenses

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

  • Meals

    Meals are not included in the price on the Laugavegur Trail. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way or you can get food from the towns below the trail. If you want to have a warm dinner at the hut, remember to ask for it as soon as you get to the hut.

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