4 Day Laugavegur Hiking Tour (Huts)

Summer Selected dates 4 Days Your hotel / guesthouse in Reykjavik Moderate Min 15 years old

The geothermal wonderland, Landmannalaugar is where we start this four-day trekking tour along the famous Laugavegur trail. Laugavegur trek was chosen one of “20 Best Hikes in the world” by National Geographic. We will hike through the highlands of Iceland, towards the south and end our trip in Thorsmork, we’ll discover the legendary places and stunningly majestic scenery of the rugged Icelandic highlands.

Please refer to the itinerary below for more details of the trip.


Day 1 – Reykjavik – Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker

On the first day we head straight to Landmannalaugar where we will arrive at around 11 o’clock. We set out on our hike as soon as we get there. Through the geothermal landscape we set our aim for Hrafntinnusker, obsidian desert the place takes its name after, where we will be spending the first night. Today you can expect to come across a magnificent geothermal scenario, including Stórihver Hot Spring, and rhyolite mountains.

Driving time: 3-4 hrs. Distance: 12km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

Overnight: Hrafntinnusker campsite

Day 2 – Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn

We leave the campsite after breakfast and continue on the Laugavegur trail. Today we walk along Mt. Reykjafjöll and into the spectacular Jökultungur area. Here the geothermal activity has turned the ravines red and yellow. From the top of Jökultungur we have a great view over  lake Álftavatn and Fjallabak.  Before reaching Álftavatn where we will be spending the night, we have to cross the first unbridged stream we will encounter.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Descent: 490 m (1610′).

Overnight: Álftavatn camping site

Day 3 – Álftavatn – Emstrur

This day’s hike starts like yesterday’s ended – with a stream crossing.   This part of the trail takes us through black sand deserts on our way to Emstrur. The volcano Stórasúla and the flat-topped Hattfell mountain make a fantastic contrast, as they rise from the desert draped in green.  Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers lie spread out before us when we reach Emstrur. We take time to walk to Markarfljótsgljúfur, before reaching the hut in Botnar, to admire the 200m deep canyon. We will pitch our tents in the little green oasis at Emstrur.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 40 m (130′).

Overnight: Emstrur

Day 4 – Emstrur – Thorsmork – Reykjavik

We leave Emstrur and continue on our way to Thorsmork. We will be hiking within a few kilometers from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier today and can expect a great view of the glacier. As we descend into Almenningar the landscape changes and some trees start to appear, preparing us for the birch forest in Thorsmork. The Laugavegur trail is behind us once we reach Thorsmork.

On our way to Reykjavík, you can get a glimpse at the majestic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, on of the most popular attractions in Iceland. We expect to be back in Reykjavík in the evening.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985′). Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs.

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Tour highlights

  • Landmannalaugar
  • Laugavegur Trail
  • Thorsmork Valley
  • Hiking


  • Pick up from your hotel / guesthouse in Reykjavik.
  • Professional experienced English speaking guide.
  • All accommodation.
  • All meals.
  • Luggage transport from hut to hut.

Good to know

  • Pick up from hotels / guesthouses starts up to 30 minutes before scheduled departure time.
  • Your luggage is transported from hut to hut so only a light daypack is necessary on the hike.
  • Please read the equipment list carefully.
  • A maximum of 16 people to a guide.


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