Laugavegur trail - 4 day hiking tour; Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork
Backpacking from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork on the best hiking trail in Iceland
Starting the Laugavegur 4 day hiking in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal paradise globally known for its steaming hot springs and colorful rhyolite mountains. From there we make our way deeper into the highlands where we are greeted with glaciers and glacier rivers, black sands, hot springs, waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes. Scenery and landscapes throughout the trek are truly breathtaking. With numerous stunning natural features in every step and views over mountains and glaciers as far as the eye can see. While absorbing everything Icelandic nature has to offer our guides will tell you about these mysterious areas, the landscape, flora, fauna and folklore tales that Icelanders have been brought up hearing throughout the centuries. Our guides will always make you feel safe while we make our way on this unforgettable trail, stopping at all the right places making sure you get the absolute best experience every day. We spend our nights in remote mountain huts at enchanting locations like Álftavatn , Emstrur and Hrafntinnusker which we think adds to the rural charm of the hike. In the huts, the guides will, along with the group, prepare great meals to enjoy together in a magical environment and atmosphere. Sometimes we even take an evening stroll to see some of the secret places we have found trekking the area off the beaten track.
At the end of the Laugavegur Trek, we find ourselves in Thorsmork (Þórsmörk), a green and fertile valley which takes its name from the Norse god of thunder, Thor, who is believed to have created the valley by striking down his hammer. Thorsmork is nestled at the foot of the famous glacier Eyjafjallajokull which erupted in 2010 and completely reformed some of the area.
Itinerary for 4 day Laugavegur hiking trail
Day 1: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar and Landmannalaugar to Hranftinnusker
The tour starts with regular public bus from BSI central bus staion at 08:00. The drive takes about 4 hours, on the way we travel along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland's most active volcano, Hekla. Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. The trail takes us through the rough lava field, Laugahraun. From there we move to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda, which is known worldwide for its incredible spectrums of colors and photogenic looks. At Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540).
Day 2: Hrafntinnusker to Alftavatn
From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Descent: 490 m (1610).
Day 3: Alftavant to Emstrur
We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 40 m (130 ).
Day 4: Emstrur to Thorsmork valley
We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day's hiking the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. In Thorsmork we catch the evening bus back to Reykjavík..
Experienced and qualified guide
Transport at the beginning and end of trek
Breakfast (3), Lunch (4), Dinner (3)
Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories including sleeping bag
Transfer of luggage
Showers in huts (payable on site)
Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour