After meeting your guides in Reykjavik, your adventure begins with a 4-hour drive towards Landmannalaugar. Travel along the South Coast and reach the Highlands where you’ll spend the next few days. The road itself is fascinating — you’ll pass by one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, Hekla, called “The Gateway to Hell,” which erupted every 10-15 years throughout the last century. Once you reach Landmannalaugar, embark on the Laugavegur trail and trek through the most unique and varied landscapes of Iceland. Today you’ll pass the Laugahraun lava field, vibrantly colored Vondugil canyon and the green Graenagil gorge. Spend your first night in a hut in Landmannalaugar. Enjoy a delicious dinner, get to know each other better, and relax in the serenity of Icelandic nature.
Hiking distance: 8 km / 4.9 mi
Walking time: 4 hours
Elevation gain: 470 m / 1540 ft
Included meals: Lunch, refreshments, dinner
Accommodation: Mountain hut in Landmannalaugar
Enjoy a nourishing breakfast and set off hiking once again. Today’s first stop will be the black obsidian desert Hrafntinnusker and Stórihver hot spring. Explore vibrant Reykjafjöll mountains and the Jökultungur area whose colors contrast dramatically with the soft pale sand-toned peaks around them. Enjoy spectacular views over the Fjallabak area and Álftavatn lake. To get to the mountain hut where you’ll spend the night, you’ll have to cross a river on foot. Your guide will make sure it is a safe, fun and exciting experience! Relax with a great dinner and enjoy the beautiful vistas surrounding you.
Hiking distance: 24 km / 14.9 mi
Walking time: 7-8 hours
Ascent: 900 m / 2952 ft
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, dinner
Accommodation: Mountain hut in Álftavatn
After an energizing breakfast, set off to Mælifellssandur by wading across another stream and enter the volcano country. Pass the Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanoes on the way to Emstrur, and if you are lucky and have good visibility, enjoy outstanding views of two volcano mountain glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. As you approach Botnar, a green oasis amid a black sand desert area, you’ll see Markarfljótsgljúfur—a stunning canyon fashioned by a glacial river. Spend your final evening with your group and spectacular scenery.
Hiking distance: 15 km / 9.5 mi
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Descent: 40 m / 130 ft
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, refreshments, dinner
Accommodation: Mountain hut in Botnar
Leave the Emstrur area and continue along the trail to Thorsmork. Enjoy a great view of the glaciers as you go through the picturesque Almenning gorge and Mount Einhyrningur, also known as the Unicorn Mountain. As you get closer to Thorsmork, the landscapes around you will change—soon you’ll be surrounded by a dense birch forest for which Thorsmork is famous for. Celebrate your completion of the world-famous Laugavegur trail and head back to Reykjavík. On the way back, get a glimpse of the elegant waterfall Seljalandsfoss! You should be back in Reykjavik around 9:30 pm.
Hiking distance: 15km / 9.5 mi
Walking time: 6-7 hours
Descent: 300 m / 985 ft
Included meals: Breakfast, lunch
Here’s what’s included:
What’s not included:
You need to be able to hike for full days, carrying a daypack full of your gear which means you should be physically very fit. Each day you will hike between three and eight hours. On top of that, volcanic terrain can be challenging. 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 daypack with your lunch, water bottle, medication, sunglasses, river crossing shoes, rain gear, and other items or clothing you might need for the day. The rest of your luggage will be transported by the guide from hut to hut.
There are no requirements for the glacier walk. Your guide will teach you the basics of glacier walking, show you how to use the equipment, and lead you safely through the spectacular scenery at a relatively slow pace.
Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. Iceland is home to infamously unpredictable weather, so it’s best to be prepared with the right gear. It is recommended to dress in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light T-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.
There is a limit of 1 piece of luggage per participant that can weigh up to 20 kg (+your daypack). Since there is limited space on the luggage trailer, try to pack light out of consideration for other passengers and use 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.
When glacier hiking, you will be provided with an ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.
Meals will be prepared by all participants, guides, and the team—make food and friends at the same time!
Special dietary supplements, such as vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, gluten-free, or other supplements, can be ordered at some extra cost. It is suggested that you purchase the special food extra. This will help your guides in supplying the best meals possible for everyone. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know prior to booking to make arrangements.
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!
During the Laugavegur tour, you’ll experience the magic of living in rustic mountain huts scattered along the trail. All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. Showers are found in every hut and cost 500 ISK per use. Huts have bunk rooms with single and twin beds. Participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group. There are no power outlets in the huts so please bring a power bank.
During the 8-day tour, you will also stay at a local hotel for 2 nights.
It is recommended to arrive at least one day before the tour. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour. Accommodations in Reykjavík are not included in the price in case you arrive early before the trip or if you’re staying after your trip.
Groups usually consist of 6-16 hikers.
Anyone over the age of 18 can join these day-hiking tours. Teens as young as 14 can join on a case-by-case basis, accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
If you plan to hike with anyone under the age of 18, please contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.
If you happen to be a solo traveler, you’re more than welcome to join the tour! There are no supplements for solo travelers, as they’ll share a room. In case the tour includes hotel accommodation, single room is possible according to availability for an added fee.
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid at the latest 3 months (90 days) prior to the departure.
All cancellations must be made by e-mail. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry:
– 75% of the price of the trip is refundable if canceled 14 or more days prior to departure
– 50% of the tour price is refunded if canceled less than 14 days prior to departure
– 0% of the tour price is refunded if canceled 48 hours or less prior to departure
Extras and rental gear booked as part of a multi-day tour fall under the terms as stated above.
Delayed payments on deposit reservations will be treated as a cancellation of the booking, and the company can withdraw its confirmation of services. Please note that this only applies if a payment has not been made at least 2 weeks prior to the tour departure, and no agreement has been made for paying the remaining balance.
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 prices, 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 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 already confirmed bookings.
Your guides reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or canceled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff. No responsibility is accepted for losses, or 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.
Most people fly into Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From there, you can rent a car, take a taxi or hop on a bus. It takes about 45 minutes to reach Reykjavik.
It is recommended to arrive at least one day before the tour. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.
The meeting location depends on the tour and which time you’re meeting with your guides. Options include the Reykjavik City Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, or the Reykjavik Campsite. After joining your guides, a scenic 4-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!