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  • Not every trip ends in a mythical place, but this one does. Following an ancient pathway across petrified lava, glacier-fed lakes and through ashen fields, you’ll explore all the iconic locations in Laugavegur — like the geothermal pools and the valley that Thor himself created. After each day full of 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 really does live up to the hype!

    • Arrive at the BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavík  and get ready for a scenic 4-hour drive to Landmannalaugar, making stops to explore amazing sights along the way. Once you arrive in Landmannalaugar, start getting to know each other as the guide goes over the itinerary for the next few days. In the evening, cook your first highland meal together and have a good time. Soak up the colors, mountains, and lava fields nestled in this huge and formidable environment. Head out for a short hike around the area to warm up for the coming days and in the evening, rest and have a delicious dinner with the group. Take a shower and get ready to hit the hay.

      Those who are interested in really soaking in nature can take an evening dip into the geothermal pool (with temperatures up to 40°C!) that the name of the place derives from, as the name Landmannalaugar directly translates to “the People’s Pools”.

    • Kick things off with breakfast and make sandwiches for your lunch box. You and your group will hike through a moss-covered lava field over colorful rhyolite mountains and towards Hrafntinnusker, where you’ll usually find snow throughout the summer! On this day, you’ll witness the most drastic change of landscape! After passing different spots with geothermal activities, observe small lakes, pockets of hot water venting out of the ground, and beautiful hot springs. You’ll notice that there will be less and less plants. Reach the second hut, rest and have a warm meal with the group!

      Hiking: 4-5 hours
      Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)

      Iceland canyons photographed from air, showing all of the colors of Icelans
    • The biggest day of descending is ahead of you! Leave the warm hut, cross a river, and marvel at the glaciers in the background in case the visibility is good enough. The views will change rapidly from geothermal zones to tortuous mountain scenery. Reach your hut in Hvanngil after a long day of hiking and help your guide prepare a fabulous dinner before you get some well-deserved rest!

      Hiking: 5-6 hours
      Distance: 16 km (10 mi)

      view on Hvanngil mountain hut and camp site with green hills, river stream and lush grass and moss. Laugavegur hiking trail, Fjallabak Nature Reserve
    • There won’t be much ascending or descending today and the day will be pretty much flat. Start today’s hike and cross a glacial river that is bound to wake you up faster than a double espresso ever could. Take in the views of mountain peaks rising out of black desert landscape and Mýrdalsjökull. This area was formed when glaciers covered the land and the volcanic activity caused the mountains to rise from underneath. After dinner in Emstrur, there might be a chance to hike to the Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon, a sight you definitely don’t want to miss out on! Cap off the day with a filling dinner and prepare for the day ahead of you.

      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Distance: 16 km (10 mi)

      A hiker walking through the Stakkholtsgja canyon
    • The fifth day of the trek has some ascending, descending, and flat parts in store. With the stunning Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon on your right, you’ll gradually descend most of the day and start seeing more plants, hear more birds, and even see some trees. Today is the most difficult day of the hike—it’s the longest and there are two big hills you’ll have to go over before reaching Thorsmork. There’s one glacial river above a small canyon you’ll need to cross. There’s a sturdy bridge going over the river and the height might be an issue for people with vertigo. Today you’ll get to Thorsmork, one of the most spectacular places in Iceland. Take a moment to appreciate the three glaciers around it nestled in the valley and admire the ever-changing Krossá river which splits the area beautifully. After dinner, you’ll rest up for the last day.

      Hiking: 6-7 hours
      Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi)

      A hiker standing in front of the Thorsmork valley and its snaking rivers
    • The final day has arrived! Start the day off with a nice breakfast, pack up your bags and go for a hike around Thorsmork before heading to Reykjavik with private transport. Make your way to Valahnúkur and soak up the views. You’ll arrive in Reykjavík in the late afternoon. The official part of the trip ends here, but feel free to spend more time with the group and reminisce about the experiences from your hiking adventure!

      Want to explore more of Iceland? Make sure to check out the hiking tours in Iceland provided by the best guides in the business!

      Epic view of Thorsmork valley from the summit of Mount Valahnúkur, Thorsmork National Park, Iceland
    • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 6 days of hiking
      • Transport at the beginning and end of the hike
      • Mountain hut accommodation in dormitories
      • All food during the trek (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks)
      • Transfer of luggage between huts
      • Charging battery/power bank

      What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Iceland
      • Pick-up from hotel (must meet at the starting point)
      • Accommodations in Reykjavík before and after the tour
      • Personal hiking gear
      • Sleeping bag — can be rented from the guide
      • Showers in huts — 500 ISK per shower, payable on site
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Meals not mentioned above
    • In order to participate in this hiking adventure, you need to have a moderate level of fitness. You’ll be hiking for 6 full days, covering around 7.5-10 miles per day (12-17 km) with moderate altitude change. Keep in mind that you’ll also be covering tricky volcanic terrain. The weather and trail conditions may affect the difficulty and you will encounter several river crossings along the trail.

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

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • A waterproof duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts (please avoid bringing a suitcase)
      • Good lightweight hiking shoes with ankle support 
      • River crossing shoes – Crocs are a good choice, open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job
      • 2-3 pairs of soft wool or fleece hiking socks
      • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear, wool or fleece)
      • T-shirt (thermal underwear, wool or synthetic)
      • Light sweater (wool, fleece or similar)
      • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable
      • Hiking pants/shorts, something strong and light that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell
      • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable (please note that poncho is not useful because of wind)
      • Warm hat and gloves
      • Hiking poles
      • Light towel, easily packable
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Sun protection and lip balm
      • Buff around the neck
      • Wind- and waterproof protective clothes
      • Cash for the showers, normally around 500 ISK per shower
      • Lunch box to pack each days lunch into
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Swimwear if you want to bathe in the hot geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar
      • Sleeping bag – no specific temperature rating since all the huts are heated
      • Slippers for indoor use
      • Clothes for wearing in the hut
      • Toiletries (hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

      Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

    • All of the huts have heating, showers and toilets, either flushable or outhouses. Using the showers costs 500 ISK and can be paid for at the warden’s hut at each hut/campsite. The showers have a 5-minute timer which might not sound like a lot, but it is more than enough time to wash up. The toilets have toilet paper and soap but anything else you might need (shampoo, bandages, towels, washcloths, nail clippers etc.), you will need to bring with you.

      The huts feature kitchens and/or grills that the group will cook their meals with. You will be able to fill up your water bottle at each hut or in the rivers as you hike. The river water in Iceland is safe to drink and very delicious.

      WiFi is not available, but internet connection can sometimes be received around the huts, or by walking a bit around the area. There are no power outlets in the huts. We encourage bringing your own power bank on the tour (you can pack that in your duffel bag which is transported by the support vehicle). In some cases, you can buy small portable chargers at the huts as well, but they are not always available.

    • Group sizes and prices:

      • The usual group size for these group adventures is 10 to 14 people with one guide. All prices are per person and the cost does not decrease as the group grows. 
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for a tour to operate. 

      Hiking in Iceland can be arranged for larger or private 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.

    • Secure your spot for next year 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 any time in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

      For this year’s dates, a 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

      • If the Client cancels the trip more than 60 days before the trip, the Client is entitled to a 90% refund
      • If the Client cancels the trip less than 60 days, more than 30 days before the trip the Client is entitled to a 50% refund
      • If the Client cancels the trip less than 30 days, the Client is entitled to no refund
      • In case the Guide has to cancel the tour due to unforeseen circumstances, you will get a full refund.
    • To get to Reykjavík, most people fly into Keflavík Airport (KEF) about 45 minutes away. From there, you can rent a car or take a bus or taxi to the BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavík. From there, you’ll head to your adventure. On the last day, the bus will take you back to the BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavík.

      You will be meeting your guide at the BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavik.

      The guide will choose the appropriate terrain each day dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.

    • 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 traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Thorsmork and on Laugavegur Trail, Iceland, please refer to 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!

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