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Walking through the ever-changing landscape of the Laugavegur Trail, you’ll understand why Iceland is called the land of fire and ice. With its unspoiled wilderness forged by volcanoes and glaciers, and awash with natural wonders—rainbow-colored mountains, coal-black deserts, petrified lava and emerald valleys, waterfalls, glacial streams, and much, much more—hiking the the Laugavegur Trail takes you through the heart of Iceland. But there’s more than meets the eye (if you can believe it), and your expert guides will take you to hidden places that lie off the beaten track. Find out why this is one of the best hiking destinations worldwide according to Maggie Slepian, backpacker, trail runner, climber, and mountain biker.

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Adventure highlights

  • Vibrant landscapes

    Explore glacier-fed lakes, deep canyons, and hidden waterfalls

  • Over 37 miles of epic footpaths

    One of the most incredible shorter thru-hikes in the world

  • World of mythic proportions fit for the gods

    Landscapes formed by millennia of glaciers and volcanoes inspired myths and legends

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Available itineraries

5-Day Classic Laugavegur Tour

Hike the legendary Laugavegur Trail and witness otherworldly sights along the way! Not every trip ends in a mythical place, but this one does. Following an ancient pathway across petrified lava, azure lakes and through ashen fields, you’ll explore all the crowd faves — like Álftavatn lake and the valley created by Thor himself. After long days filled with adventure and Iceland’s untamed nature, you’ll warm up and recharge your batteries in authentic mountain huts. Make sure for yourself that Iceland’s most famous trek from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk really does live up to the hype!

  • Join your guide and take the public bus from the BSI bus terminal at 07:00. Enjoy a scenic drive along the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. After arriving in Landmannalaugar around noon, have lunch with your group and head south into the mountains! The trail will take you past steaming hot springs, small gorges, and stunning yellow mountain ridges contrasting the blue skies. Hike for about 4 hours and reach the Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were you will spend the first night of your adventure.

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

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
  • After a hearty breakfast at the hut, begin your second day with a descent down to the gullies of Jökultungur and witness the beauty of hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Soak up the fresh Iceland air and fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area, the Swan Lake, and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon, arrive at Álftavatn hut where you will stay for the night. Relax with your group around the campfire and regain the energy for the next day.

    Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
    Walking time: 4 – 5 hrs
    Descent: 490 m (1610 ft)

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking Hut
  • As you pass the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla, prepare for unbelievable sights of the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Hike towards another ancient and verdant volcano — the Hattfell — and enter the beautiful Emstrur region that serves as pastures over the summer. Before reaching your hut for the night, the Botnar hut, stop at the magnificent Markarfljót canyon. This hidden gem that cuts almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell is one of the most impressive and stunning canyons on Iceland but not visited by many. Use the photo ops and enjoy the spectacular views!

    Distance: 16 km (10 mi)
    Walking time: 6 – 7 hrs
    Descent: 40 m (130 ft)

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
  • After a peaceful night at the hut, continue your adventure through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur. Notice the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier that rises only a couple of kilometers away! After several hours of hiking through the Icelandinc wilderness and lush green valleys, descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) filled with arctic birch forests and colorful wildflowers. After arriving at the huts in Þórsmörk, enjoy your last night with your group and a barbecue!

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

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
  • Spend the morning of your last day in Þórsmörk, where you can choose to walk along one of numerous paths. Visit the Sönghellir cave (Song cave) famed for its acoustics or climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent views can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. You should arrive at Reykjavik BSI bus at 19:20. Say your last goodbyes to these unforgettable landscapes, enjoy the moment, and prepare for take-off!

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
6-Day Classic Laugavegur Tour

If you feel like five days isn’t enough, there is a 6-day option that gives you a chance to better explore the Þórsmörk Valley! Hike the legendary Laugavegur Trail and witness unbelievable sights along the way. This trip takes you along an ancient pathway to mythical places such as valleys of petrified lava, azure lakes, and ashen fields. Let a guide lead the way and enjoy Iceland’s famous trek through the untamed nature as you reenergise in authentic mountain huts. Embark on an adventure that combines most wonderful locations and the true spirit of this part of the country!

  • Join your guide and take the public bus from the BSI bus terminal at 07:00. Enjoy a scenic drive along the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. After arriving in Landmannalaugar around noon, have lunch with your group and head south into the mountains! The trail will take you past steaming hot springs, small gorges, and stunning yellow mountain ridges contrasting the blue skies. Hike for about 4 hours and reach the Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were you will spend the first night of your adventure.

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

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
  • After a hearty breakfast at the hut, begin your second day with a descent down to the gullies of Jökultungur and witness the beauty of hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Soak up the fresh Iceland air and fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area, the Swan Lake, and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon, arrive at Álftavatn hut where you will stay for the night. Relax with your group around the campfire and regain the energy for the next day.

    Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
    Walking time: 4 – 5 hrs
    Descent: 490 m (1610 ft)

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking Hut
  • As you pass the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla, prepare for unbelievable sights of the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Hike towards another ancient and verdant volcano — the Hattfell — and enter the beautiful Emstrur region that serves as pastures over the summer. Before reaching your hut for the night, the Botnar hut, stop at the magnificent Markarfljót canyon. This hidden gem that cuts almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell is one of the most impressive and stunning canyons on Iceland but not visited by many. Use the photo ops and enjoy the spectacular views!

    Distance: 16 km (10 mi)
    Walking time: 6 – 7 hrs
    Descent: 40 m (130 ft)

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
  • After a peaceful night at the hut, continue your adventure through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur. Notice the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier that rises only a couple of kilometers away! After several hours of hiking through the Icelandinc wilderness and lush green valleys, descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) filled with arctic birch forests and colorful wildflowers. After arriving at the huts in Þórsmörk, enjoy your last night with your group and a barbecue!

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

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
  • Spend Day 5 climbing up the hills to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges, and enjoying the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in 2010. Gather round a celebratory barbecue in Básar Hut and rest before your last day that you’ll spend in Þórsmörk — hiker’s paradise — with an abundance of choices between various paths.

    Laugavegur Trail Hiking
  • Spend the morning of your last day in Þórsmörk, where you can choose to walk along one of numerous paths. Visit the Sönghellir cave (Song cave) famed for its acoustics or climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent views can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. You should arrive at Reykjavik BSI bus at 19:20. Say your last goodbyes to these unforgettable landscapes, enjoy the moment, and prepare for take-off!

    Hiking on Fimmvorduhals in summer: View over a landscape of bizarre lava formations, left over snow, moss covered mountains and the beautiful valley of Thorsmork in the distance.
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Meet your guides

Jón Yngvi Gylfason
5.00
Jón Yngvi Gylfason
Jón is a very experienced summit and glacier guide for both summer and winter. He’s been leading and co-leading expeditions in Iceland and Greenland and he has been an instructor to junior grades. Jón is an IMG and AIMG-certified glacier guide, a level II hard-ice guide, and a Wilderness First Responder.
Sölvi Signhildar- Úlfsson
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Sölvi Signhildar- Úlfsson
Sölvi Signhildar- Úlfsson
Sölvi is an experienced guide who enjoys looking for new fjords, valleys, and mountains. He spends his summers in the outdoors, feeling the folklore imprinted in the Icelandic and Greenlandic landscapes. Sölvi has a Ranger license, he’s a certified hiking guide, and a Wilderness First Responder.
Sigþór Rúnarsson
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Sigþór Rúnarsson
Sigþór was born in Reykjavík and he has been exploring the outdoors since an early age. After university, he moved to Spain as a tour leader. Sigþór decided to come back to his home country and he’s been with IMG since 2004. Apart from being a passionate hiker, Sigþór loves yoga, skiing, and running. He’s an experienced guide and a Wilderness First Responder.
Icelandic Mountain Guides
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Icelandic Mountain Guides
Icelandic Mountain Guides
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Icelandic Mountain Guides offer the perfect variety of experiences to satisfy anyone’s desire for adventure. Whether you want to relax in the unparalleled beauty of Iceland's nature or take a more challenging adventure, they’ve got you covered. The possibilities are endless and the memories will last a lifetime.

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5.00 (68 reviews)
Suzanne Sheran

Emma was an amazing guide! Super knowledgeable, skilled and organized. She was great at creating a cohesive group for the week and was a lot of fun to be with. A huge part of an adventure I’ll always remember.

Deidre McCarty

Emma was a very knowledgeable and likeable guide. Its not easy corralling 13 adult women. She was kind, helpful and diplomatic.

James Welsh

Thora was an incredible guide. She was competent, knowledgeable, fun, and caring, and she rolled with the punches. She made the trip a great experience for us, including by dispensing chocolate at all the right moments.

Wesley Mueller

Thora was an outstanding guide on our Laugavegur/Fimmvordulhas combo 6 day tour in the Iceland Highlands. She was personable, engaging, and genuinely enthusiastic about her beautiful country. Her knowledge of geological processes was comprehensive. Thora forged a family with our little group of 13. I would recommend Thora without hesitation. A 5 star experience!

mark meier

Thora was absolutely amazing! I hope someday could do something like this again! Wonderful experience!

John Wenker

Just completed (on July 5, 2024) the Laugavegur 5-day hike with Cora and it was fabulous! The incredible and stunning scenery were expected; however, Cora made the experience \’come alive.\’ Her knowledge of the terrain, history of the area and her ability to relay such information made the trek an utterly enjoyable, and educational, journey.

THEODORE Clausen

Chrisian worked well with the group and adapted as things changed overall was a really great fit with the group.

Lisa LeBlanc

Pora was an awesome guide! So organized and knowledgeable!

Hugh Kelly

Thora, our guide, was great. She is very knowledgeable and friendly. IMG was well-organized.

Brett Bond

Our guide Christian worked tirelessly to make our hike the experience of a lifetime. Friendly and informed – a wonderful guide.

Barbara Tang

Our guide was excellent, very personable.

5-days Laugavegur trek, an experience of a lifetime!
Frances C (source: TripAdvisor)

How do I start this…I celebrated my birthday with a trip to Iceland. We did the 5-days Laugavegur trek first and then another 5 days sightseeing in Reykjavík. For me the trekking experience was amazing. The weather was so nice during the trekking, mostly sunny with a few cloudy moment here and there. Our tour guide Greta was caring, fun, knowledgable, very helpful and a good story teller. I love listening to her stories, especially the ghost one! The scenery on the 5-days trek was breathtaking, so raw, pure, and untouched in some places. The only suggestion I would have is the hut accommodation, I hope they would put less people in a tiny room (I still couldn’t believe that 20 adults were actually sharing a tiny hut). Other than that, hands down the best Laugavegur trek in Iceland!!!

5 day Laugavegur hiking trail in huts
Suzanne12014 (source: TripAdvisor)

What an awesome experience. If you are unsure just do it. This company were great even before we set off on our adventure. They stepped in and helped out with kit when our luggage was delayed. The professionalism of the whole team and the planning was superb. Our driver transported our bags from hut to hut and helped out with the cooking. His lamb stew will live long in the memory after trekking in a storm that day. Sölvi our guide was brilliant and our group of fellow trekkers (we were 7) and lovely Silja from the company quickly became friends. The scenery was epic and ever changing and Sölvi our native Icelandic guide was a source of geological knowledge and wonderful Icelandic folk tales to scare us with. The food was incredible given the circumstances. The river crossings were even fun! Make sure you have the right kit. The weather was stormy on one of our days but we were in safe hands and had a cosy lunch inside our guide’s storm shelter to warm us up.

Lisa Cashmore

The trails were breathtaking. It was challenging and fun. A truly incredible adventure. Solvi was absolutely amazing. He took care of our every need. Cooked incredible food. He answered every question we threw at him. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

Tony Dickson

My guide was an absolute professional who knew her route, her group and brought them together in creating a wonderful experience. This land is varied, beautiful and inspiring on so many levels. I would do this all over again, for sure.

Lori von Alten

Michal and Hunka were our guides and they were absolutely fabulous!!! They both made sure we had the experience of a lifetime while making safety first and foremost. Because of them, we were able to get a couple of bonus hikes off the main trail that proved spectacular!! Can’t say enough about how special Michal and Hunka were for this adventure (Hunka was a last minute add on who volunteered her time, and without her, the trip would not have been as fantastic). This trip requires 2 guides as differences in participants’ physical abilities impacts everyone on the trip. Because we had 2 guides, we were able to break off into 2 groups and accommodate those that wanted to hike longer vs. those that didn’t want to. Absolutely amazing experience!! This trek is absolutely beautiful!! God was on our side w/ respect to weather—we never missed a view because the skies cleared every time we came upon a viewpoint. Can’t recommend this trek enough!!! Absolutely stunning scenery!!

Claire Morris

Wow, what an amazing trip. The landscape was stunning and we saw so many different sights, just wonderful. It was fantastic joining a group of like minded fellow hikers. The whole trip was one I will never forget. Our guide, Emma, was absolutely fantastic. She managed our group very well over the six days. She was very knowledgeable and experienced and did a fantastic job feeding us all too!

Leslie McMillan

Gréta was an outstanding guide! We felt safe in her capable hands. The trek was filled with such beauty, it was impossible not to enjoy every minute.
The rustic huts created a bonding atmosphere with my fellow travellers. We started out as strangers and ended up as a team.

Jean Russell

Edith was amazing! She was very professional. And very experienced! She worked hard to make sure we all had a wonderful week! Highly recommend her to anyone! What a great week! Very wet and sometimes cold and windy, but still wonderful! The huts were overcrowded in my opinion, especially the first hut on our trip. But we dealt with that!

Kristen Mihalic

Best guide. Emma was knowledgeable, funny, patient, kind and helped our group experience Iceland in a way we will never forget. Those who have her for a guide will undoubtedly have an unprecedented experience. Unforgettable.

Karin Wallis

Emma, from Icelandic Mountain Guides was sensational. We really could not have been in better hands. Lovely person with an extensive knowledge of the area and terrain made the group feel safe and united. I had the best 5 day hike ever and this was thanks to Emma. It is not an easy task to get a group of 14 ladies that do not know each other and that are totally different to have such an awesome experience. Thank you Emma, you are truly one of a kind. Iceland is truely a fantastic place to visit and the Women Only group was a great experience. I highly recommend it.

Maggie Owens

Emma is amazing and the reason our hiking experience was exceptional. She is a first rate guide, continuously doing things to enhance our experience (snacks, coffee on the top of the mountain) while putting our safety first by anticipating every obstacle and crafting a safe path forward. She continuously told us stories of the land snd culture that will remain with us forever. But even more meaningful, Emma created a community from a group of strangers that now feel like family and life long friends. I would take every hiking tour Emma leads.

Jocelyne Lacombe

Greta was the best guide
So
Much experience
We felt safe with her
She was attentive to our needs
Will go back with her anytime

Well organised
Good food
Despite the bad weather I really enjoy it and our guide made us feel like a close group
Thanks Greta again

Natalie Martin

Emma was amazing! I would go on any trip where she is the guide. She is personable, knowledgeable, a great cook, and sooo much fun! She made sure no one was left behind and that we all were safe in the varied weather conditions. She was inclusive, smart, and I highly recommend her as a guide! So many different weather conditions and landscapes. The huts were quite the experience, in such small and cramped quarters. But the women on the hike were just so amazing, it didn’t matter that the sleeping area was so small.

Shonny Vanlandingham

Emma\’s knowledge of the area, sense of humor and ability to connect to each guest was outstanding! Thank you Emma!!

Debbie Northrup

Emma was absolutely wonderful. she was encouraging and thoughtful, making each of us feel up to the challenge! Iceland was amazing! While I am NOT any kind of \”camper\” this trip was made so easy with luggage transport, excellent meals, and wonderful women from all over the world. This was a transformative experience.

Christa Koerner

Steph was amazing and knowledgeable. Our weather was completely awful for 3 continuous days and moral was dropping in our group but she was always smiling and energetic. She knew how to take our minds off the weather and that made all the difference between a miserable experience and an awesome experience.

jason weir

excellent

unreal

Jane Sobieski

Emma, our guide, was outstanding! I applaud her for her leadership skills, communication skills, and professional interaction with the group. She made this hike fun, even with the cold & foggy weather we had in the beginning. I very much appreciate what all she did for us. If I could, I would always request her! It was truly awesome! Beautiful…Interesting…challenging…. and fun

Mary Coady

Emma was everything a person could wish for in a guide! She was knowledgeable, funny, empathetic and within an hour of beginning our hike, Emma created a sense of team and partnership. While I definitely found this to be a very challenging hike and I was clearly the least experienced, not ONCE did I feel that I was holding the team back. I was fortunate to be amongst an amazing group of women and it was Emma’s natural leadership that set the tone for such an amazing experience

Nadine Schwarz

Thora is an kind, funny, energetic and very knowledgeable guide.
It was very enriching to spend 5 days with her on the Laugavegur track getting listening to her stories and explanations. The whole group felt comfortable with her and the dynamic was excelent. We were blessed with perfect weather and we’re lucky to have such a wonderful group of people. This in combination with the most spectacular landscapes and a fabulous guide made the whole trip an unforgettable 5 star experience.

Phaedra (Nicole) Miller

We could not have felt more safe being in the hands of Gönguferðir Grétu! She’s amazing. Amazing experience of all time!

Sandra Riley

Fantastic, well organised husband and wife team
Nothing was too much trouble
Great cooking and stories en route

Fabulous

Mark York

Our guide (and his spouse) could not have been more perfect! From preparation, to pacing, they were awesome. If one is looking for an “other worldly “ experience, look no further than Iceland, and the Laugavegur trail.

Jennifer Simmons

Our guide was Thora from Icelandic Mountain Guides. She\’s the BEST, so you\’re very lucky if you get her as your guide. Can\’t fault the service I had from Icelandic Mountain Guides or 57 Hours. Top notch! The Laugavegur trail is simply breathtaking and not to be missed if you\’re a keen hiker. It\’s tough, rewarding and really beautiful. It helped that we were so lucky with good weather 😉

Allan Reid

Soyli, our guide,was excellent. He was well informed on the history and the geology of the area we hiked. He pushed us hard, but I think he had evaluated our abilities and knew we could do what he asked of us. The second day detour far off the trail was hard work, but knowing we were seeing areas of the Laugevugar trail that few, if any, others saw, made it worthwhile. Trekking where no trail existed was a true adventure. We began to joke that Icelandic times and distances were \’different\’ than the rest of the world. It seemed our GPS trackers ended up with far more kilometres that the \’official\’ brochures; and the \’we will take a break in 20 minutes\’ was always more like 40 minutes.
This trek is physically demanding. It is CRITICAL that you read the instructions on what to bring. We had two people who did not, and had to fall out after 2 days due to inadequate clothing, conditioning, and equipment. This is not an easy jaunt, but it is a demanding, both physical and mental, hike and trek.
The cabins were comfortable and the food Soyli cooked for us was very good.
We were lucky that the weather was excellent other than the first day\’s rain.
I am 78, so it will take a few days for the aches and pains to subside. However, I would repeat this trip in a heartbeat.

Aaron Paley

Dagný is truly exceptional. A warm and caring person, a master chef, a mountaineer with a keen understanding of both geology and human psychology, and a proud Icelander who knows her sagas, her history and the stories of the land. We cannot recommend this trip and this guide more highly!!! Outstanding. From the fabulous food to the incomparable sights. From our knowledgeable and welcoming guide to the exciting challenges of the trek, this is truly the ad entire of a lifetime!!!

A.J. Grove

Þóra was a truly amazing guide. Her wealth of knowledge and humor was the best. She was so caring and helpful for my wife, who has multiple sclerosis, with getting through difficult terrain that challenged her balance. She represented all that is amazing about Iceland and its people. The Laugavegur Trail was breathtaking in its beauty. We may have underestimated the difficulty of the hike some, but it was a great challenge.

Gary Cawker

I’ve been on many guided adventure tours and our guide ranks with the very best. Friendly, supportive, informative, relaxed.

Preedashini Moodley

Step was fantastic. She was adventurous, knowledgeable and supportive. Her spin on the meals was delicious. We ate great meals and made great friends. Beautiful hike. Other groups found it very difficult. Perhaps be more clear on how fit you need to be . The laugevegur trail is not for people afraid of heights or who do not have previous hiking experience on a multi- day hike. I WAS PREPARED AND LOVED EVERY MOMENT.

Jennifer Porter

Edith was an all around excellent guide. She looked after all of us and added to the experience by being a local. Her knowledge of the area was extensive. The food was good and adequate and my vegan meal needs were totally met.

Aaron Paley

Dagny is a delight. She knows what’s important on a trek – good coffee and delicious food. She knows who to handle the dynamics of 16 strangers forced together. She’s a veritable font of knowledge about the landscape, the stories, the myths, and the geology of the trek. I can’t imagine doing Laugavegur with anyone else! This was the trek and adventure of a lifetime. My wife and I have trekked Nepal, Thailand, the trail to Machu Pichu, and other sites. But this one stands up to all of those. The change in landscapes and terrain, combined with the sheer thrill of the trek made this five days we will always consider some of the best five days of our lives.

Tina Miller

Brynne (not sure about the spelling) was absolutely 100% outstanding. Amazing person and guide. He was the first up and last to bed every day. He worked very very very hard to ensure the group was comfortable and well taken care of. The laugage transport person, Sm??? (again I\’m unsure of the spelling), but he worked extremely hard too.

Amanda Adrian

Villa was amazing! Experienced, competent and unruffled by the many needs of the group, I felt I was in excellent hands. Additionally, Villa\’s knowledge of the geology, lore and terrain made for a much richer experience than we might have had otherwise. I loved every minute of the hike and the experience!

Maria Antonieta de Mucha de Vila

Our guide Vila was brilliant and took great care of the group. She always kept us well inform about the details of the trip. She also was always available when help was needed, she is kind and attentive. Vila explained with detail, whenever it was needed, about the characteristics of the landscape and geography of the place. This trek is very beautiful and unique. The adventure was a true adventure.

William Weiss

Emma was fantastic! By far, the best guide we’ve had on any trip ever. She was incredibly knowledgeable, helpful, kept the group together, explained everything very well, funny, entertaining, supportive, and encouraging. Her picture should be next to “guide” in the dictionary. We hoped for an adventure of a lifetime … Iceland and our guide, Emma, made it happen. It will be difficult to top this trip!

Megan Duffy

Villa is fabulous! Every second was outstanding!

Shana Entzel

Sig- Thor was terrific!! Loved also his storytelling. Great guide and epic experience! Epic views. Water crossings was a new experience for me. Steep climbs and great downs. Loved the people who were part of our group from all over.

Avgeroula Giannakos

Siggy was fantastic! He told us stories, he made wonderful food and was very easy to connect with. He has a lovely personality and character.

Erin Groover

Bryngeir (Bynny) was a wonderful guide! He kept us safe, let us hike at a good pace for each individual, pointed-out unique features of the Laugavegur Trail, and chatted with each of us. He was wonderful. The trail is amazing…and we had wonderful weather that allowed us to see all the spectacular features of the Icelandic highlands. The huts were cramped at times, but I knew that going into this trek. My group was wonderful. I loved it.

maria geary

Best guide in all of ICELand ! How lucky were we to score such an amazing guide !

James Hueber

Binni was a fantastic guide. He was very conscientious about our safety and yet allowed us some autonomy on the trail. Very easy to talk to.

Beata Polakowski

Emma is excellent, professional and knowledgeable guide. I’m really thankful for taking us to the extra beautiful site seeing. Also I have enjoyed our delicious meals.
Thank you Emma
Beata and Serg

 

Jennifer Grisi

I can\’t imagine a more knowledgeable, competent, thoughtful guide than Gunnur. I consider myself an experienced hiker but paid attention (and learned) when she was sharing tips ranging from gear adjustments to stretches to best ways to tackle challenging slopes to avoid injury.

Ian Garmory

Siggy was superb, other than being an amazing guide and chef, his story telling is legendary

Don\’t miss the opportunity to do this hike, I was lucky that the weather was superb so we could take advantage of the amazing views, and best of all I was part of an amazing group of people, we were individuals at the start and good friends and a team at the end

Monica Zack

G was an exceptional guide. She is knowledgeable, fun loving and dedicated to making hiking a wonderful experience for all. She united our group of 16 strangers through stories, great food and laughter. She is a very skilled guide who made sure to explain technical parts of the hike and to provide opportunities to practice before we needed to complete the trail. I highly recommend G as a guide. Iceland is beyond beautiful. The tour was well organized. I was so impressed by the amount and quality of Vegan food.

kathy armstrong

It was truly an epic adventure had by all! Truly, the full Monty! The hike, the scenery, the different colors and terrains were amazing as was all the different people from different countries. The different accents, the laughter had by all and the great stories and legends by our guide Ziggy. Priceless!!!

Also, Jacob from Canada who helped us facility and line up our great adventure was amazing and knowledgable, extremely professional and polite.

Thank you Jacob and Ziggy!

Laura Hayes

OK I was patient with the slow walkers and very knowledgeable,

It was a great adventure, and well organized.

Stephanie Hengle

Villa was a very hard worker and knowledgeable. She went above and beyond to ensure everyone was safe and happy.

Angela Pike

Inga was amazing!! Funny, knowledgeable and kind! Amazing weather, crazy views, it was wonderful!!

Elisabeth Rock

Vila was amazing! She was so competent in her knowledge of the area and terrain and environmental history, but was also a lot of fun to hang out with at the end of our long days!

Silje Røssvoll

Pleasant, knowledgeable, humorous, proffesional and took good care of everyone.

Lynn Heinbach

Solvi was extremely professional and cared about all of us. We learned a lot about the trail and Iceland, in general, from him. He made sure we were always safe. It was a hike of a lifetime. The huts made each night so restful and comfortable. The food provided was great. So nice to just eat breakfast, pack our lunch and snacks in a day pack, and head out to the next hut. When we arrived at the hut, our luggage was waiting for us.

Nicola Tarnowski

Alec was fantastic. He walked slowly at the back with me and was constantly chatting and sharing information. When there were others in the group that needed help with steep descents or slippery sections of the track he was there to help them.

Christine Bek Lynge

Tinna was very good, experienced and We had a fantastics adventure! Breathtaking nature, wonderfull hikes.

Ruth Crowther

We had 2 guides Vila and Ales. Both were knowledgeable, aware of our abilities and kind.
We felt safe with them and they helped me on many of the downhill slopes where I lacked confidence . I never felt as if I was being rushed and safety was paramount. It’s a beautiful trek and on red Id recommend to anyone who has a certain level of fitness

Robyn Bond

She was the best guide ever experience was phenomenonal would definitely recommend

Shelly Ballard

Our guide Dagny was amazing. We had a very diverse group with varied skill levels and she made sure everyone was safe and having a great time! The views were breathtaking and overall I would recommend this to anyone! Stunning views. Just the right level of physical challenge with out being too much that you didn’t enjoy the journey.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local, English-speaking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5 or 6 days of guided hiking along the Laugavegur Trail depending on your chosen itinerary
      • Mountain hut accommodation in shared dormitories
      • Meals during the hike
      • Kitchen and cooking equipment
      • Transport at the beginning and end of trek
      • Transfer of luggage
      • Lodging taxes

    All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds. Participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.

    What’s not included:

      • Showers in huts (payable on-site, approx. $3.5 per shower)
      • Transportation to and from Iceland
      • Accommodation before and after the tour
      • Meals before and after the hike (breakfast on day 1, lunch and dinner on the last day)

    Optional extras (have to be rented before the tour):

      • Sleeping bag
      • Hiking poles
      • Dietary supplement (vegan, vegetarian, pescatarian)
  • Meals will be prepared by all participants, guides and the team—make food and friends at the same time! Although the guide is usually the leader on the project this can go all ways.

    Special dietary supplements, such as vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, gluten free or other supplements, can be accommodated at some extra cost. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know upon booking.

    Bring a water bottle that you can then fill with the tap water at the huts/campsites. Iceland’s water is perfectly safe to drink. There are also several streams along where people tend to get more water from!

  • For the Laugavegur Trail, you need to be able to hike for full days, carrying a daypack full of your gear. Each day you will hike between four and seven hours. On top of that, volcanic terrain can be challenging and the weather unforgiving. That said, if you are looking for adventure and up to the task of multiple days of full-day trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.

    In terms of backpack weight, you will only need to carry a smaller day backpack with your lunch, water bottle, medication, sunglasses, river crossing shoes, rain gear, and other items or clothing you might need for the day.

    The 6-day tour has extremely steep drop offs along the hiking trail and scrambling with the use of a chain is required both up and down. It is not for those with a fear of heights. Overall, the Laugavegur Trail is a challenging trek.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between mountain huts
      • Day backpack for extra clothes and lunch pack during the day (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Your own sleeping bag – a basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this entire trek since all the mountain huts are heated (available to rent)
      • Small thermal mat to sit on — optional
      • Hiking poles — optional (available to rent)
      • Gaiters — optional but recommended for departures in June and early July
      • Gloves – wool or synthetic 2 pairs of different thickness
      • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – wool or synthetic
      • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – wool or synthetic
      • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer)
      • Warm, down jacket
      • Puffy jacket e.g. Primaloft — optional
      • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable
      • Soft-shell trousers – strong and light material that dries quickly
      • Rain pants – windproof, waterproof and breathable — full raingear is mandatory in Iceland, poncho is not useful because of wind
      • Socks – wool or synthetic
      • Change of clothes for wearing in the hut
      • Sunhat
      • Wool hat
      • Sturdy hiking boots – waterproof with good ankle support
      • River crossing 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
      • Comfortable shoes for the camp
      • Quick dry towel – lightweight and packable
      • Swimwear if you want to bathe in the hot geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar
      • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Lunch box
      • Pocket knife
      • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits – liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol, so having a thermos flask to share with your fellow travelers in front of the campfire can be the crowning of a good day — optional
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Sunglasses
      • Earplugs
      • Portable power bank
      • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing — optional
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in warm clothes you can move in. Iceland is home to infamously unpredictable weather, so you need to be prepared with the right gear.

    There is a limited space on the luggage trailer, so try to pack light out of consideration to other passengers on the tour and use a a waterproof duffel bag which is easier to store. If you have extra luggage that you would like to leave, we recommend storing luggage at the BSI Bus terminal (fees apply) or another luggage storage space in Reykjavik.

  • You will be joining a group that usually consists of 6-16 people going on a hiking tour of the Laugavegur Trail. Pricing is per person.

    All the tours for 2023 have been confirmed to run. Once you get a confirmation email, you can start booking your flights to Iceland.

    Min. age requirements:

      • Anyone over the age of 18 can join these tours.
      • Teens as young as 14 can join on a case-by-case basis.

    If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • If you are an individual traveler, you are more than welcome to join the group. The guide will be adding travelers until the minimum group size to confirm the trip can be guaranteed. There are no supplements to individual travelers, as they will share a room.

  • All rates are based on current purchasing prices in Iceland. Your guides reserve the right to change prices without notice due to inflation, changes in oil prices, government taxes, or any other cost increases that are outside the guide’s control. Your guides will absorb an amount equivalent to 5% of the price. Amounts that exceed the 5% will be charged and clients will be entitled to cancel their booking with a full refund if the surcharge exceeds 10%. Eventual changes in rates will not be made with less than 4 weeks’ notice before departures or on bookings already made and confirmed.

    Your guides reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes.

    IMG does not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant’s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances, such as weather, natural occurrences, war, or other similar causes.

  • To get to the Laugavegur Trail, most people fly into Keflavík International Airport (KEF) — about three and a half hours away from the trailhead. You can take a bus or a taxi to Reykjavik, where you’ll join your guides who will transport you to the trailhead. 

    The meeting location is BSI Bus terminal. After joining your guides, a scenic 3.5-hour drive is the only thing separating you from your hiking adventure!

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures on Laugavegur Trail, Iceland, please visit the official Government of Iceland and Official Information about Covid in Iceland websites.

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

  • Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice”, has forever lived with volcanic activity. Minor and major eruptions have occurred every few years since the island was formed. Some of Iceland’s appeal, aside from sheer natural beauty, surely stems from this very fact.

    However, every new eruption, such as the recent Reykjanes Peninsula fissure, will make some travelers, tourists, and adventurers uneasy, especially given the fact that sensationalist media is not immune to misinformation and speculation.

    Since we work with a number of expert local guides in Iceland, we thought we’d share their input and fill you in on what’s actually going on.

    First of all, air traffic has not been affected. Flights to and from Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík Domestic Airport are operating as they always do.

    Second, the effects of volcanic activity have been localized, with some roads closed, and all services in Iceland are operating as usual. Reykjavik, the capital, is around 40 km (25 miles) away from the volcanic fissure, and life there is as normal as ever.

    And third, trips offered by 57hours are taking place much further away, and are thereby even less likely to be affected by the volcanic activity, being perfectly safe for adventurers. Naturally, the authorities (and guides) are monitoring the situation and doing everything possible to keep both local residents and visitors safe and well informed.

    In case you have any additional questions or dilemmas, feel free to get in touch with either your guide or 57hours. For more information, please visit:
    https://safetravel.is/
    https://www.visiticeland.com/article/volcano-info

    Or watch the video with Dr. Matthew Roberts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office explaining the recent volcanic activities in Iceland:
    https://youtu.be/QA3-BXYuYrw?feature=shared

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-89 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 90 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 60-89 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.

    All cancellations must be made by e-mail. You can read more about our Terms of service here.

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