Hiking Iceland’s Famous Laugavegur Trail

Hike Iceland’s Famous Laugavegur Trail

Set out on a hiking journey through the Southern Highlands of Iceland and witness the enchanting landscapes and vibrant colors along the iconic Laugavegur Trail. Black volcanic rock, spouting thermal vents, lakes and rolling hills make it one of the most incredible thru-hikes in the world.

The magical and diverse landscape, combined with the long and bright Icelandic summer days, will capture any outdoor enthusiast’s attention. As you hike through this 56 km (35 miles) long trail, past dramatic and colorful panoramas formed by millennia of glaciers and volcanoes, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a completely different world.

Why Laugavegur Trail?

Far from the hustle and bustle of the city, on the Southern part of the remote island located between Greenland and Norway, the Laugavegur Trail takes you on a multi-day hut-based hike from Landmannalaugar to Thórsmörk—a valley of mythic proportions fit for the gods.

Lying on the constantly active geologic border between North America and Europe, Iceland is a land of unusual variety and contrasts. Laugavegur Trail captures the best of its geology—from vibrant green moss and jet black sand deserts, snow and steamy springs, pink flowers emerging from the seemingly barren land, to turquoise lakes and lava fields.

  • 63°52′ N AND 19°14′ E
The Laugavegur hiking trail is as breathtaking as it is difficult.
The location of the Laugavegur trail on the full map of Central and North Europe.
The Laugavegur trail on a zoomed map of Iceland.

Iconic trail in the land of fire and ice


In Iceland, the cliche is true: If you don’t like the weather, just wait 15 minutes—you can expect to experience four seasons in a single day. Same can be said for Iceland’s otherworldly and diverse landscapes on the Laugavegur Trail.

As you move through the valleys and across glaciers and deserts, you’ll understand why it was dubbed “the Land of Ice and Fire”— the vistas of brightly-colored misty mountains and the contrasting everchanging surroundings won’t leave anyone indifferent.

The rainbow-hued hills of Landmannalaugar won’t leave anyone disappointed, that’s for sure. The river crossing on the Laugavegur trail.


Following an ancient pathway across petrified lava, azure lagoons and ashen fields, you’ll explore all the crowd favorites, like Álftavatn lake and mythical valleys of mythic proportions.

The Laugavegur Trail takes you on a colorful journey as you encounter red, gold, and green hues dappled with the whitest snow, black sand glistening with shards of obsidian, sparkly waterfalls, and turquoise lakes.

Laugavegur trail will even take you across a petrified lava field. One of the numerous huts on the Laugavegur trail.


Enjoy a scenic drive along the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and the Domadalur valley boasting a shallow lake and a sandy obsidian lava field.


As you pass the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla, prepare for unbelievable sights of the black deserts of Mælifellssandur, located close to the southern Fjallabak road. Dominating the horizon to the south is Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the home of the staggering and much feared volcano Katla.


Walk past steaming hot springs, small gorges, and stunning yellow mountain ridges contrasting the blue skies. You’ll hike for about 4 hours before reaching the Hrafntinnusker mountain hut.


Descend down to the gullies of Jökultungur and witness the beauty of hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Soak up the fresh air and fascinating views of the Álftavatn area, the Swan Lake, and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers.


Prepare for unbelievable sights of the verdant volcano Hattfell, and stop at the magnificent Markarfljót canyon, one of the most impressive and stunning canyons in Iceland not visited by many.


After several hours of hiking through lush green valleys, descend into Þórsmörk’s, one of the country’s most popular hiking destinations and a favourite location for photographers and nature lovers alike. Parts of the area are rich with moss, fern, and birchwood, while jagged ridges and ice-capped peaks crown the horizon.


Visit the Sönghellir cave (Song Cave) near the old fishing village Arnarstapi and famed for its acoustics, or climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur, from where you can enjoy magnificent views.

A surreal experience awaits

Otherworldly adventure under the Midnight Sun


There are many reasons to tackle the Laugavegur trail, and the magnificent views are only one of them.

You will spend your nights in one of six traditional mountain huts with heating while you enjoy delicious Icelandic meals and relax and rejuvenate in steaming natural hot springs and mud pools.

Experience the raw and primal traditions of the island, connect with nature, and energize your body, mind, and soul in the peaceful and breathtaking environment that can only be found in Iceland.

You will also cross a river while hiking on the Laugavegur Trail.
You will spend your nights in one of the six traditional mountain huts on the Laugavegur Trail.

Enjoy the company

Sleeping with your travel buddies in huts in the middle of Icelandic vastness creates unbreakable bonds. Combine cultural immersion and awe-inspiring scenery into one unforgettable experience. As you share the long and bright Icelandic summer days with people from other sides of the world, you’ll feel like you’re on a big family trip!

This journey hosts anywhere from 6 to 16 travelers looking for an adventure.

  • 63°52′ N AND 19°14′ E

Your guides

Jón Yngvi Gylfason is a very experienced summit and glacier guide. He has been leading and co-leading expeditions in Iceland and Greenland, crossing the Icelandic highlands and the Greenland ice cap crossing. He’s a certified and experienced WMA Wilderness First Responder with a basic mountaineering education from the ICE-SAR.

Malgorzata Nowak (Mao) is a Polish traveler. In her early adult years, she visited Iceland, where she fell in love with the language and landscape. Every summer, she comes back to her source of energy which is Fjallabak Syðri. Nowadays, she studies creative writing at the University of Iceland alongside working within the theatre field and design. In 2013 she was certified as an Icelandic park ranger.

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.

Jón Yngvi Gylfason is a very experienced summit and glacier guide who will take you on this adventure. Malgorzata Nowak is an Icelandic park ranger who serves as a guide for the laugavegur trail.
Susan Stenton

An amazing experience! Our guide was energetic, a great cook, encouraging and very knowledgeable. We were well supported.

Jeffrey Stetson

This is one of the most beautiful places we\’ve ever visited. It truly is the land of fire and ice. Icelandic Mountain Guides is a truly professional group with excellent guides. We feel fortunate to have had Ivar as our guide. He was patient and worked very hard to make sure everyone on the trek enjoyed the experience.


I had an amazing time on The Icelandic Hike. The guide Emma was incredible and along with a fantastic group it was the trip I had hoped for and more.
Emma really was a fantastic guide full of knowledge of the trail and the landscape. She worked extremely hard to make sure we were all comfortable, safe and well fed.
I cannot recommend this trip enough.

Alison Lindley

Elisabet was our guide and she is a ROCKSTAR! She was so much fun – she is super knowledgable, caring, lovely human being – I really can\’t say enough about how much she added to an already incredible experience! AWESOME! Sincerely gorgeous hike – we were very lucky with the weather and blessed with an excellent group of people which added to the experience. Each day brought incredible new vistas – really can\’t say enough!

paula Marten

I had an amazing time on The Icelandic Hike. The guide Emma was incredible and along with a fantastic group it was the trip I had hoped for and more.
Emma really was a fantastic guide full of knowledge of the trail and the landscape. She worked extremely hard to make sure we were all comfortable, safe and well fed.
I cannot recommend this trip enough.

Jennifer Danner

Elisabet was our guide and she is a ROCKSTAR! She was so much fun – she is super knowledgable, caring, lovely human being – I really can\’t say enough about how much she added to an already incredible experience! AWESOME! Sincerely gorgeous hike – we were very lucky with the weather and blessed with an excellent group of people which added to the experience. Each day brought incredible new vistas – really can\’t say enough!

Diane Brown

Inga was great! She offered side hikes that we could take if we liked and they were amazing and worth the effort. Plus, she is hilarious! The adventure was amazing. The trail was a bit more technical than I was expecting but nothing I couldn\’t handle.

mary traynor

Our guide was amazing. Extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. She made sure that every member of the group had a great adventure. Amazing scenery. I was blown away by it.

John Paul

Our Guide was Selma Benediktsdottir. She was the best imaginable. Patient, calm, hardworking, supportive, informative, fun and friendly. Trekking The Laugavegur Trail was one of the best multi-day hikes I have done (comparing to Kili and Machu Picchu). The landscapes, terrain, colours, views, weather were all new levels of \’never before experienced\’ stuff. Truly thrilling and exhilarating. Definitely highly recommend for the journey across Iceland with a completely different take on Mother Nature.

Peter Smith

Sensational! Thank you so much for organizing this trek. We particularly want to give a big shout out to Selma who was a terrific guide cook and team coach The most unique and spectacular scenery I have ever seen

Claire Carder

Our guide, Salma, was absolutely awesome! Always patient, available for questions and willing to help us with everything. Excellent English. And amazing meals every day of our 5 day tour. Icelandic Mountain Guides is the best!!! A life-affirming adventure-never to be repeated.

Todd Anderson

We had an excellent guide. He was well prepared and knowledgeable with the terrain and history of the landscape. He was well prepared to deliver us an excellent adventure. Great hiking skills and cooking skills as well. Everything was well organized and there were no issues at all. The hike was outstanding with some of the best scenery that I have had the opportunity to view. Different landscape throughout the hike. The hike was well paced and offered a chance to see Iceland on another level.

Ross Singleton

Gunner was fantastic. A friendly and informative guide that looked over the widely different capabilities within the group well. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she worked like a trojan with hardly a minute to herself. A lovely person as well and a delight to be with. A great experience that lived up to the billing.

Amanda Hodson

Very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Amazing adventure – a trip of a lifetime!

Janet Kunz

Selma was a great guide!!

Laurie Jamieson

Dagny was the best guide I have ever had on an tour anywhere. She was friendly. Knowledgeable. Kind. Great cook! This tour would not have been nearly as memorable without her. She\’s the best!!

Kenneth Held

Spectacular hiking, easy logistics. Jan was an incredible guide. Very knowledgeable, always upbeat, and an excelent cook. Took great care of us, and fun to hang out with.

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!

Ken Gibson

The trip was excellent & Mikhail, the guide was excellent. Mikhail’s partner, Henka, who ia also a guide, joined us to try out the trek, which was great. With a group of 16 people, I don’t think this sort of trek could be done safely with only one guide. Participants were ranging in age from their 20’s to 60’s and a variety of levels of experience & fitness – if anything happens & the guide needs to take care of someone, miles from help, there could be a disaster if there’s one one guide

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!!

Matt Atwell

Life-Changing! Mao was a fantastic guide who knew the terrain well, and made the adventure fun for all!

Andrea Northwood

Breathtaking! We were so fortunate to have Emma for our guide! Best guide ever!!

Elizabeth Flaherty

Thora was amazing!

kathryn clark sellers

Amazing views and landscape, a truly epic trek

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.

Julie Schneider

Solfi was an amazing guide! He was an amazing cook also. He is very personable and gives the history very well!

james mould

fantastic experience with Mikhail as our guide. really looked after us and was very knowledgeable on the area. recommend it.

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.

Kathryn Hall

Trip of a lifetime. Will cherish this experience forever. Mao was absolutely phenomenal. Best of the best.

Azure Adams

Agust was so super amazing. He was knowledgable and patient as well as funny and personable. Hope to do another adventure with him specifically like a glacier! Through snow, wind, rain, freezing rivers, mountains, and unending uphill climbs I found my mojo!

Ana Rivadeneira

Selma is a wonderful professional!
Made our hike so much interesting with all her stories and facts about her country. She is also a great cook who prepared delicious meals everyday. Always with a smile, she also made us feel safe and relaxed at all times. Beautiful country, kind and helpful people and excellent hike.
Thank you Selma!!



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.
This was the highlight of our Iceland trip and a truly brilliant adventure. Would definitely recommend and will be back for more.

Mark S

Having own a travel agency for years I can speak with some credibility when I say that Icelandic Mountain Guides is an excellent ground operator. I’ve just returned from accompanying a group of 14 to Iceland and Margret Blöndal handled all aspects of our three week trip. Our reservations covered a wide range of services that included advice in booking our private tour, a hut trek on the Laugavegur trail, and ground transfers to various spots like the glacier lagoon in Vik and an ice cave tour. She was knowledgeable, accommodating, and efficient. Agust, our guide on the hut portion, lead us through one of the most remote areas of Iceland with seven hour days. The luggage was always waiting for us and the food prepared under such austere conditions was delicious – baked Salmon and leg of Lamb to name a few. There wasn’t one unpleasant surprise. Regardless of the type of trip you plan to Iceland, I encourage you to call Icelandic Mountain Guides first. They are Top-Notch.

US Traveler

One of most amazing treks you will do in your lifetime. Its not super strenuous but daily distances are large: 8mi-10mi per day. The huts are extremely basic as you would expect: facilities outside, one with no shower, bunk rooms of 20ppl. But the trail and scenery are more than worth it. We had a difficult group with some adults, teenagers and even a 7yo (yes an active kid who can walk long distances can definitely do this trail). Our guide Martha was wonderful and handled everything amazingly well. Informative, supportive, efficient and cooks great food!!!

Frances C

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!!!

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