4-Day Laugavegur Trek | Camping Adventure

It all starts with a tent and ends with a lifetime of memories. Camping for 4-days along the Laugavegur trail from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk is a unique experience that lets you connect with Icelandic nature on a deeper level.
Available: July - Aug
Difficulty: Challenging
Duration: 4 days
Minimum Age: 16 years
Pick Up: Pick-up included from Reykjavik
Price From: ISK 155.990
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 15 days in advance and receive a full refund

Tour Highlights

✅ Trek from camp to camp with luggage transport
✅ Multicolor mountains of Landmannalaugar
✅ Untouched wilderness
✅ Great variety of landscapes
✅ The stunning views
✅ Experienced and qualified guide
✅ Transport from and to Reykjavik
✅ Small groups (6-14 pax)
✅ Total walking distance is 56 km (35 miles)

Tour Details

Departures: Wednesdays from July to August
Duration: 4 days
Accommodation: Camping
Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15
Group size: 6 to 14 participants
Walking per day: 4 – 8 hours
Note: This tour can be booked for private groups upon request
Total walking distance: 56 km. (35 miles)
Maximum Ascent: 600 m. (1900 feet)
Minimum age: 14 years
What’s included: An Experienced and qualified guide for 4 days, public transport from and to Reykjavik, food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4,  2 persons igloo tents, mattresses, dining tent, communal camping equipment and cooking gear, camping fees and transfer of luggage.

Please note that we need a minimum of 6 passengers to be able to confirm the departure.

Sleeping bags are not included.

Tour Description

If you don’t like the idea of shared dormitory accommodation this version of the Laugavegur trek is for you. We stay in 2 person tents along the trail and dine in a dining tent. Our luggage is transported between camps so during the day we only carry our daypacks, and each night we set up camp at the next location.

Our first camp is at Landmannalaugar where we get the chance to go on a short hike on the first day before setting out on the trail. However, our second day becomes more demanding as we set out early and hike over obsidian lava fields and the area of the Hrafntinnusker hut all the way to Álftavatn lake. From here we make our way along the trail to Þórsmörk from where we take the evening bus back to Reykjavik.

Day 1:  Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar

We take the public regular public bus from BSI bus station at 08:00 am, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. We set our first camp in Landmannalaugar where we have the whole afternoon to hike and explore this fantastic colorful rhyolite area and take a relaxing bath in a natural warm river.

Walking time: 3-4 hrs

Day 2: Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn

We set up for the hike towards Álftavatn. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges all the way up to Hrafntinnusker. 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 where we set our camp.                       

Distance: 24 km (15 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs

Day 3: Álftavatn-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 Botnar where we set our camp for the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.

Distance: 16 km (10 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs

Day 4: Emstrur-Þórsmörk

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, the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. We take the evening public bus back to Reykjavik.

Distance: 17 km (10,5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs

Boots and Clothing:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with ankle support.
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable.
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
  • Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene/polyester).
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.

Other gear:

  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)
  • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job.
  • Sleeping bag – Down or fiber. Lightweight and warm. We recommend goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags.
  • Towel – lightweight and packable.
  • Sunglasses & sun protection.
  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
  • Earplugs

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s).
  • Gaiters
  • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
  • Penknife.
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down) for evenings at the camp.
  • Camera, spare batteries, and a memory card or films.
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.
  • Headlamp (depends on the season)
  • Sneakers for evenings at the camp.

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