Laugavegur Trail | Iceland

Two-Day Laugavegur Trail Highlights Tour

Season

June through September

Nearest city

Reykjavik, Iceland

Group size

6-16 people, solo travellers are welcome

Duration

2 days

Skill level

Intermediate to advanced

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Experience the highlights of one of the world’s most beautiful hiking trails

Short on time but still want to experience Iceland’s iconic Laugavegur Trail? On this two-day adventure you’ll experience all the highlights that the Icelandic Highlands have to offer — waterfalls, glaciers, desert sands, volcanoes, craters, nature reserves, and stunning vistas. The tour caps off with a soak in inviting natural hot springs. You’ll also get a crash course in the history of the area from your local guide who knows the area well. You can’t pack more adventure into two days!

2-Day Laugavegur Highlights Tour

Explore the magical landscapes and challenge yourself on this short, but adventure-packed Laugavegur highlights tour! In just two days, you’ll hike over 26 kilometers of steep, unruly paths scattered through black sand deserts, craggy craters and dramatic mountain passes. Tour highlights include exploring Thorsmork Valley — the place that owes its name to Thor, the Norse God of Thunder. On the second day, relax your tired muscles in the hot springs of Landmannalaugar, with the midnight sun reflecting off rainbow rhyolite mountains.
Other highlights on this tour include: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass, the Magni and Móði Craters, Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Hekla Volcano and the Laugahraun Lava Field.

Things you need to know

COVID-19 measures in Iceland

Iceland borders are opening on June 15th. Passengers arriving to Iceland need to choose between sitting in quarantine for 14 days or taking a COVID-19 test. Testing will be free of charge until the end of June, while a 15,000 ISK (about $115) will be charged afterwards. Children born in 2005 or later do not need to be tested.

Official COVID-19 updates by the Icelandic Government for travellers are available on this link.

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Why should I go hiking?

Cars just don’t do Iceland justice. Why view this breathtaking landscape passively through a window, when you can walk on the volcanic ground beneath you and smell the tiny arctic flowers scattered across the ink black ground? Hiking is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Iceland’s striking terrain and experience the untouched nature around you.

What’s included?

What you’ll get on this adventure:

  • Transportation
  • A local guide with extensive knowledge of the area
  • Breakfast on day two
  • Permits are taken care of for you

Not included:

  • Country Visa
  • Travel insurance

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Iceland’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will transport you to and from the destination. Iceland also has notoriously fickle weather, but your guide will know just what to do if the weather takes a turn or something unexpected happens.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Hiking boots & river shoes
  • Thermal underwear & waterproof clothes
  • Sleeping bag
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, toilet paper, etc.)
  • High quality sunglasses
  • Camera — optional

What’s the itinerary?

Day One

  • 8:00 am pick-up from Reykjavik and transport to the South Coast in a Super Jeep
  • Hike through Thorsmork Valley and ascend Fimmvorduhals Volcano.
  • You will hike approximately 16 km (10 miles) on Day 1 with a total elevation gained is around 800 meters
  • Your day will end with a night spent in a cozy countryside hotel

Day Two

  • This day begins with a traditional Icelandic breakfast before heading to Landmannalaugar
  • Explore the area’s volcanoes and lava fields
  • Finish the day soaking in the Landmannalaugar Hot Pool
  • You will hike approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) on Day 2 (4-6h hours), with a maximum ascent of 503 meters (1650 feet)

How fit do I need to be?

This hike is considered difficult due to its length and terrain. On the first day, you will gain 800 meters of elevation while hiking over 16 kilometers (10 miles). On day two, you will hike 10 kilometers (6 miles) and gain 500 meters of elevation.

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 eight 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.

What is the minimum age requirement?

Everybody over the age of 14 is welcome on this hiking adventure.

What about group sizes?

You and your group will be joining a party of up to 16 people.

What about bad weather?

Iceland is home to infamously unpredictable weather, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. The same white cloud shielding you from sunbeams can easily turn into a stormcloud plummeting hailstones within minutes. Rest assured, your guide will know the correct course of action if the weather throws a curveball. Plus, you’ll get the chance to warm up in one of the area’s cozy mountain huts.

Do I need an insurance policy?

It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere.

Global Rescue offers deals that cover everything from costly medical expenses, abruptly halted travel plans and even lost baggage. Make sure your insurance covers cancelations due to the pandemic.

Cancelation policy

All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.

Getting there and meeting location

You will be picked up at 8:00am from your Reykjavik accommodations and head towards the South Coast in a Super Jeep to begin your adventure
At the end of your tour on Day 2, you will be transported back to Reykjavik

This trail is like a portal to another world. Glacier-fed lakes, black volcanic rock, spouting thermal vents, and rolling hills make it one of the most incredible shorter thru-hikes, mile for mile, anywhere in the world.

By Maggie Slepian, backpacker, trail runner and 57hours contributor

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