7-Day Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek in Mountain Huts | Part 1 & 2

This 7-day trek from Landmannalaugar to Skogar was named one of the 20 best treks in the world by National Geographic and is the full Laugavegur experience. The other-worldly landscape will leave no one untouched.
Available: June - Aug
Difficulty: Challenging
Duration: 7 days
Minimum Age: 16 years
Pick Up: From BSI Bus Terminal
Price: ISK 259.900

Tour Highlights

✅ Unbelievable 7-day trek through incredibly diverse landscapes
✅ The combination of Iceland’s best-known treks
✅ One of the 20 best treks in the world by National Geographic
✅ Fantastic Glacier view
✅ A wide variety of landscapes
✅ Colorful rhyolite mountains
✅ Geothermal area of Landmannalaugar
✅ Experienced and qualified guide
✅ Accommodation in mountain huts, dormitory style
✅ Small-Groups (Max 16 pers)

Tour Details

Departures: Mondays from June to August
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights
Accommodation: Mountain Huts
Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15 (View on Google Maps)
Group size: 6 to 16 participants
Language: English
Walking per day: 4 – 7 hours
What’s included: Guiding, transport, accommodation, full board, transfer of luggage (first 4 days)
Total walking distance: 78 km. (48 miles)
Altitude: 150 – 1100 m. (490 – 3600 feet)
Maximum ascent: 1000 m (3280 feet)
Minimum age: 16 years

Tour Description

By combining two of Iceland’s best-known trekking trails, you get an unbelievable seven-day trek through incredibly diverse landscapes. From the famous geothermal area of Landmannalaugar to the ever so popular waterfall of Skógar.

This path takes us through it all; over multicolored hills and black sands deserts, alongside small gullies and great canyons, through verdurous valleys, between glamorous glaciers, and past wonderful waterfalls. This is a memorable hike littered with contrasts giving you a chance to absorb the true spirit of this remarkable country.

Accommodations will be provided in comfortable mountain huts and all luggage will be transferred along the trail except for the last night where we carry a light backpack to a hut hardly accessible by vehicles (sleeping bag included in the huts for the last two nights).

Due to this trail’s popularity, there is potential for irreparable damage to the nature that we all enjoy.  As environmental stewards in Iceland, we are taking a proactive approach to preserving the trail and the surrounding environment by allocating 1% of the tour price for each passenger to our Environmental Fund. With us, you get to experience this amazing trail and minimize your environmental impact. 

Day 1: Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker

We take the regular public bus from BSI bus terminal, 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. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. We will arrive in the late afternoon at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, where we will stay the night.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 470 m (1540 ‘)

Day 2: Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn

From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. 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: 12km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4-5 hrs
Descent: 490 m (1610 ‘)

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 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: 16km (10 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs
Descent: 40 m (130 ‘)

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 spend the night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.

Distance: 17km (10.5 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs
Descent: 300 m (985 ‘)

Day 5: Þórsmörk Valley

We spend the day in Þórsmörk where we have an abundance of choice between various paths. For example, we can visit the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where the magnificent view can be enjoyed, or hike into the beautifully carved canyon Stakkholtsgjá. This oasis between the mountains also an ideal place to relax and just enjoy nature. We spend the night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.

Distance: 5-10 km (3-6 mi)
Walking time: 2-5 hrs
Ascent/Descent: NA

Day 6: Þórsmörk-Fimmvörðuháls

Leaving Þórsmörk we cross the river Krossá on a footbridge entering the magic landscapes of Goðalönd – the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses, certainly fit for gods and humans alike. Even the elves have made themselves at home here. We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with views to the impressive mountain of Útigönguhöfði up to Morinsheiði heath. A the end of the Morinsheiði plateu we enjoy the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in March and early April 2010. The lava is all set with different outlets of fuming steam and decorated with green and yellow sulphur. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come again to the lava and then to the two craters Magni and Móði that erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajökull crater. We cross the brand new lava just at the foot of the magnificent red craters, through places were the lava is almost glowing warm inside the fissures and cracks on its surface. After crossing safely the lava we get a view to the lava and the craters from a hill on the other side, before crossing the néves of the high pass of Fimmvörðuháls, to get to the hut between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, where we set up for the night.

Note: Because of difficult access to the hut for vehicles, we will send our extra luggage to the end of the trek at Skógar. Food and sleeping bags/blankets have been stored in the Fimmvörðuháls hut so we only need to carry our sleeping bag liner and toiletries for the night and a little bit of fresh food.

Distance: 12-14 km (7-9 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs
Ascent: 900 m (2953’)

Day 7: Fimmvörðuháls- Skógar-Reykjavík

After a night between the two glaciers, we head down to Skógar. In the beginning, the path takes us over a desolate heath past an old hut that does not offer many shelters anymore. We come to the Skógaá River and follow the river exploring its many hidden gorges, and waterfalls all the way to the famous Skógafoss waterfall. The river and its surroundings offer great scenery. The coast seems to be within arm´s reach and you can almost feel the surf on your cheeks. Arriving at Skógafoss, we hop on the scheduled bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal at 7:20 pm, where the trip ends.

Distance: 12-13km (7-8 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs
Descent: 1000 m (3280’)

*All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. There are bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bed with a stranger.

For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.

Boots and Clothing:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good 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.
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
  • Gloves
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
  • Warm hat.

Other gear:

  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  (For IMG35- Þórsmörk- Skógar 30-45L (1850-2750 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. (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
  • Light Sleeping bag. (For IMG35 Þórsmörk-Skógar only: only sleeping bag liner is needed as a basic sleeping bag is stored in the huts so you will not need to carry a sleeping bag).
  • Towel – lightweight and packable.
  • Sunglasses & sun protection.
  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
  • Casual clothes/change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s).
  • Gaiters
  • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
  • Penknife.
  • Earplugs
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
  • Camera, spare batteries.
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
  • Slippers for indoor use.
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

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