This bus passport takes you to the trail of two of Iceland's most popular highland hiking routes, the Laugavegur hiking (2-4 day hike) trail and the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail (1-2 day hike). You will get bus transfer from Reykjavík and choose between three hiking bases to start from. With the Highland Hikers Passport you enjoy the flexibility and take as much time for the hike as you please within the operation time frame (June 15th - September 15th).
The Laugavegur trail and Fimmvörðuháls pass are each recognized as amazing hikes by adventurers from around the world. Starting off in Landmannalaugar, we combine these two epic trails for 7 glorious days trekking through multi-colored hills, black sands and verdurous valleys that show off the true spirit of Iceland.
The Laugavegur Trail
The Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trek has been listed by National Geographic as one of the “World’s Best Hikes” due to the unique and extremely diverse landscape encountered on the trail. Everything from sizzling hot springs and volcanoes to icy white glaciers. Walk through geothermally active lands of multicolored rhyolite mountains, fields of obsidian, cross glacier rivers and so much more on our journey. You can stay in rustic but charming highland huts, located in remote areas. Each area is unique, revealing new features in the ever-changing landscapes of the trail.
Hiking from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork
Day 1 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.
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.
Day 3 you will need to 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 the way to Botnar, a green oasis in the black sand desert you will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a 200 m deep canyon shaped by powerful glacier activity. Hiking 15 km.
Day 4 you will complete the Laugavegur trail to Þórsmörk, passing through stunning Almenningar you will get great views of Mount Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain). Option for you is to stay for the night in a stunning location at Þórsmörk beneath Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Hiking 15 km.
Hiking the Fimmvörðuháls Pass and Thorsmork Valley
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. Hiking 16 km. Your accommodation will be at Þórsmörk. The Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trek has been listed by National Geographic as a world top 20 hike.
Hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði, or just maybe relax or stroll around Þórsmörk or perhaps a gentle wander to Húsadalur will be appealing? Glimpse Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the journey back.