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Iceland feels like it was crafted by hikers for hikers. The island hosts nearly 500 hiking trails sprawling across three national parks and countless well-preserved nature reserves. Its legendary hikes such as the Golden Circle and the Laugavegur Trail take travelers across ice-riddled obsidian beaches, breathtaking volcanic valleys, and endless glacial expanses. The trails are well-routed and well-maintained, the huts are comfortable, and when your feet start hurting from all the hiking, just dip them in one of the countless warm geothermal pools. Join a group of women hiking enthusiasts and form new friendships as you hike through world-class landscapes straight out of a fantasy movie! Find out more about hiking Laugavegur—one of the best hiking trails in Iceland that you will discover on this trip—from your guide and founder of Viking Women, Saga Líf.

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  • Conquer several classic Icelandic trails in a single hiking tour

  • Unwind in Iceland’s cozy and soothing hot springs

  • From massive glaciers to obsidian beaches, the landscapes are out of this world

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Itinerary

Join a group of daring women on a 9-day hiking expedition of a lifetime! This Icelandic adventure will take you through some of Iceland’s most renowned trails, such as the Golden Circle, Thorsmork, and the Diamond Beach with a professional local guide leading the way. Explore otherworldly waterfalls, glaciers, famous trails, and hot springs, and spend your evenings sharing a meal with new friends and re-energizing in stunning locations!

  • Arrival day! Take one of the airport buses to the city center and get settled in your lovely room at hotel Room With A View. In the evening at 18:00 you will meet the rest of the group and your fearless guide for a welcome meeting and later on, a dinner in the city.

    Beautiful summer super wide-angle aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with harbor and skyline mountains and scenery beyond the city, seen from the observation tower of hallgrimskirkja church with blue sky in sunny day.
  • Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Get ready for a full day of exploring the world-famous Golden Circle. For lunch, you will visit the Friðheimar tomato farm where you will get a friendly introduction of their greenhouse and their life on the farm. Later in the afternoon, you’ll will have plenty of time to unwind at the Secret Lagoon. Spend the night at a Hotel in Hella.

    A big spouting geysir
  • Rise and shine, the highlands are calling! Today we take the 8.30 am Highland Bus from Hella to the highlands. We arrive at the colorful Landmannalaugar, the “People’s Pools”, around 11:00. Take the opportunity to bathe in the region’s famous natural hot spring and/or visit the Mountain Mall for some beers and a friendly game of KUBB.

    Distance: 5 km (3 mi)
    Walking time: 2 – 3 hrs

    The girl with the hat in the hot spring Iceland
  • After a hearty breakfast, pack your bags, put your backpack on and get ready for the longest hike of the trip! Today, you’ll hike to the Alftavatan lake in the middle of Laugavegur. It’s a 14-mile (24 km) journey, so make sure you’re well-prepared.

    Distance: 24 km (14 mi)
    Walking time: 7 – 8 hrs
    Ascent: 470 m (1600 ft)
    Descent: 490 m (1610 ft)

    A view of some meadows and hikers on the Laugavegur trail
  • Hike the 9-mile (15 km) trail from Alftavatn to Emstrur. It’s a much easier hike than yesterday’s as it is fairly flat most of the time, with plenty of green meadows, black deserts, and scenic river crossings. Spend the night in the Emstrur hut with an optional evening hike to the breathtaking Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon.

    Distance: 15 km (10 mi)
    Walking time: 5 – 6 hrs
    Descent: 40 m (130 ft)

    The horse in Iceland
  • Rise to the blue skies and bright sunshine and get ready to hike the last part of the trail, 10 miles (16 km) from Emstrur to Thorsmork. Cross Emstrur river and follow the massive Myrdalsjökull glacier, with stunning views of the surrounding area. If you’re lucky, you might see a sheep or two! Spend the night in Thorsmork.

    Distance: 16 km (11 mi)
    Walking time: 6 – 7 hrs
    Descent: 300 m (985 ft)

    A hiker posing on a lookout in Thorsmork
  • Explore the magical Thorsmork valley by foot before saying your goodbyes to the highlands. You will change buses at Hella town and head to Hotel Skógar. After dinner, visit the Skógarfoss waterfall with an option to do an evening hike called the One thousand waterfalls trail.

    Distance: 5 km (3 mi)
    Walking time: 2 – 3 hrs
    Ascent: 150 m (490 ft)

    Hikers exploring Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland
  • Strap on your crampons, it’s time to hike the Solheimajökull glacier—one of the most impressive and accessible glaciers in Iceland! You’ll spend 2 hours on ice, taking in the energy of this massive glacier. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the legendary Black Sand Beach and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon before arriving to your hotel near the glacier lagoon for a good night’s rest.

    Distance: 6,5 km (4,5 mi)
    Walking time: 3 hrs
    Ascent: 150 m (490 ft)

    Hikers walking on ice in Iceland
  • Your last day on the road! In the morning, drive to Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach. On your way back to Reykjavik, stop by the Eldhraun Lava Field, created in one of the greatest eruptions in recorded history. Finally. visit the unique Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the hidden waterfall Gljúfrabúi. After a goodbye dinner, spend your final Icelandic night in Reykjavik.

    Distance: 6,5 km (4,5 mi)
    Walking time: 3 hrs
    Ascent: 150 m (490 ft)

    Icebergs on the black sand Iceland
  • The grand finale! Relax your tired travel muscles in the baby blue waters of the Blue Lagoon before you head to the airport and say your final goodbyes. If you didn’t have enough of the majestic landscapes, explore more hiking tours in Iceland!

    Rainbow street and the blue lagoon in Iceland
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Meet your guides

Saga Líf
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Saga Líf
Local guide and owner of Viking Women
Local guide and owner of Viking Women
A self-described nature addict, Saga has always been drawn to the beauty of Iceland’s natural world. She became a guide to help other women unleash their inner Valkyries and make meaningful connections through awe-inspiring adventures. Her company Viking Women focuses on all-female trips that combine wellness with Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes.
Viking Women Tours
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Viking Women Tours
Viking Women Tours is an exclusive women’s travel group based in Iceland and operated by experienced local female adventurers. They are very passionate about the outdoors, traveling, and being able to introduce and explore their home to travelers worldwide. Their guides have traveled extensively through Iceland and are always honored to assist you in customizing the perfect experience in the land of fire and ice!
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Rochelle Sneddon

Saga was a wonderful leader. Friendly and attentive.

Bee A. (source: Guide’s Website)

My time in Iceland was truly life-changing and I have to give a special thanks to Saga for leading such a memorable experience! From her passion for her country, the culture, and adventure in nature, every moment was truly inspiring. Now when I think of “happy places”, my favorite memories are our hike up Reykjadalur Valley to the hot river and our walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier that ended with a meditation underneath the sun and a rainbow! I will absolutely be back to explore even further with Viking Women.

Cris & Janine (source: Guide’s Website)

Saga was our tour guide in December 2019 – we don’t normally go on tours, but not wanting to drive in Iceland in winter and not knowing the language or culture we thought it best to try a tour. Definitely the best decision ever!!! Saga was brilliant!!! She’s friendly, young, full of energy without being over the top, competent, knowledgeable, accommodating (we had someone with a broken foot on our tour and the lengths Saga went to, so that she could participate, were so far above & beyond the call of duty it was phenomenal). Saga also had a wonderful way of incorporating a relevant story of Icelandic Culture into whatever adventure we were embarking on – we could’ve listened to so many more hours of her stories (and Love the accent!). Absolutely fantastic – Highly recommended!!

Nadia H. (source: Guide’s Website)

Iceland is a spectacular country! Spending 10 days with an amazing group of women and seeing it through our guide Saga’s eyes was magical. Saga is so welcoming, knowledgeable, supportive and made every activity a fun adventure. All of our accommodations, transportation, food, and activities were flawless. From hiking the Laugavegur Trail to walking on glaciers, experiencing the power of Iceland’s countless waterfalls, exploring on horseback, sea kayaking around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and soaking in the many relaxing hot springs, I had the trip of a lifetime!

Madelon (source: Guide’s Website)

Saga guided us through beautiful Iceland. I was impressed by Iceland, but also impressed by Saga!
Very engaging lady with many talents: from active walk guide, and cool driver, to relaxing meditation mentor, with beautiful storytelling about the history and culture of Iceland. Takk fyrir, Saga!

Kathleen Collins

Thelma was the very best guide!! Knowledgeable friendly and so supportive. She made our adventure more glorious!! Outstanding!!

Tanya Halse

I was disappointed that there was a last minute switch and Saga Lif was not our guide but Thelma did a fine job guiding us on an incredible journey. The trip was an adventure of a lifetime and Thelma did a great job executing it, with patience and poise. I\’m sure it\’s a difficult job to accommodate 16 women with 16 different personalities. Well done, Thelma.

Things to know

  • 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, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Iceland, please refer to Iceland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines.

    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!

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • Six days of hiking and glacier exploration
      • Three days of sightseeing and easier walks around Iceland
      • Transportation for the duration of the tour
      • Transportation from Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport after the tour
      • Accommodations for the duration of the tour
      • Food for the duration of the tour (lunch on days 7, 8, and 9 not included)
      • Glacier hiking equipment
      • Secret Lagoon and Blue Lagoon entrance fee

    Note: Some special dietary requirements can be accommodated. The lack of space and facilities in the huts make it difficult for your guide to prepare numerous dishes daily. We can cater to vegetarians and those with food allergies.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Iceland
      • Transportation from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
      • Sleeping bag (can be rented in Reykjavik)
      • Personal hiking and camping equipment
  • This moderate tour is meant for hikers with great fitness levels. You will be hiking for 7 days, covering up to 14 miles (24 km) a day on varied and sometimes glaciated terrain. Keep in mind, the weather can vary and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

    The trails are not paved, but in some places, paths have formed. Some trails are rocky but are easily accessible to anyone used to hiking in uneven terrain. Participants will need to cross rivers every day on the trail except on the first day. The water level in the rivers changes from time to time due to seasonal conditions. In some cases, you will be able to step from stone to stone to get to the other side. In other cases, you will need to take your shoes and socks off, put on river-crossing shoes and wade the rivers. Neoprene socks and sandals or neoprene shoes (beach shoes) are the best choice. Your guide will provide you with advice for river crossing, as well as help you to cross the river. Trekking poles might come in handy when wading rivers, as well as crossing with a partner.

  • In your daypack – large enough to carry all the items listed below (around a 25-40L bag):

      • A warm hat, sunhat, and gloves
      • Waterproof jacket and waterproof pants
      • Sunglasses
      • Water Bottle or water bladder
      • Sunscreen
      • River crossing shoes/sandals
      • Fresh food and snacks are provided by Viking Women every day
      • An extra fleece sweater or down jacket to put on when you stop for breaks
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Hiking poles (optional)
      • Camera (optional)

    In your luggage:

      • Sleeping bag ( doesn´t have to be in your luggage, just attached to it somehow)
      • Travel pillow (optional)
      • Underwear and socks
      • Extra clothes for the trail
      • Extra clothes for the huts
      • Medicine
      • Hygiene and beauty products
      • Towel
      • Headlamp or a flashlight (for those doing the hike in August – September)
      • Powerbank to charge your devices
      • Earplugs and a sleeping mask
      • A bathing suit ( for those doing the 3 days on the trail adventure )
      • Cash or a debit/credit card
      • Personal first aid kit
      • Swimsuit for the pool in Landmannalaugar

    Your main luggage will be transported by transport vehicle, and you will not have access to it until you reach the huts in the afternoon. This also includes your sleeping bag. Everything needed for the day’s trek must be in your daypack. All technical glacier hiking equipment will be provided by your guide.

    For your own well-being and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of this equipment list. This includes having good quality rain gear, tops, and bottoms. Cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – nor are jeans and cotton t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 16:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 8 participants for the tour to operate. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in Iceland can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to Iceland, most people fly into Keflavík International Airport, located 45 minutes from the city center. From there, the best and cheapest way is to take one of the public buses like Airport Direct or Flybus. Buses leave 35-40 minutes after the arrival of each flight, 24/7.
    Your guide will pick you up at your hotel on the morning of the tour.

  • 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://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA3-BXYuYrw

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the 2024 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.

    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 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 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 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 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 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.

    In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, your guide can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. In that case, 90% of the total amount is refundable. Please note the dates for this year and next year are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low.

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