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The Laugavegur trail is the classic hiking route across the highlands. Journeying from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, you’ll cross rugged mountains, green valleys, and sublime volcanic terrain. There’s good reason why Laugavegur was named by National Geographic as one of the top 20 hiking routes in the world.
People trekking along the Laugavegur trail surrounded by brown and yellow hills dotted with snow patches

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    6-Day Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls in Huts

    Experience the breathtaking beauty of the Icelandic highlands on the Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Hiking Tour. This six-day trek is an extraordinary journey through some of Iceland's most stunning landscapes, perfectly blending two of the country's most famous trails.

    From €2,186/person

    Trek Iceland on the Laugavegur trail

    A paradise for hikers

    Trek Laugavegur, Iceland’s best-known hiking trail, and see the rugged beauty of the highlands. Along the way, you’ll discover some of the most famous spots in Iceland’s wild interior.

    The classic Laugavegur route takes you between Landmannalaugar and the valley of Þórsmörk. Landmannalaugar is a buzzing summer hub in Iceland’s highlands. Its name translates as “People’s Pools”, thanks to the geothermal hot springs in the area, which have been a relaxing destination for many travellers over the centuries.

    But these springs are not the only things that entice visitors. Landmannalaugar is set in a valley of rhyolite mountains, whose particular rock causes an array of strange colours, from blue through to red and pink.

    At the other end of the trail is Þórsmörk, or “Thor’s Valley”. As the story goes, the Norse god Thor struck the earth with his hammer, Mjölnir, and this valley was created. Visit to see a vast valley surrounded by glaciers, including Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Tindfjallajökull, and with the breathtaking Krossá river running through it.

    These are some of the most impressive landscapes in Iceland—if not on the whole planet. And the best way to see them is on the Laugavegur trail.

    Note that much of the highlands become completely inaccessible during the winter. That’s why Laugavegur trips typically can only happen between June and August.

    The Laugavegur itinerary

    The Laugavegur trail takes you on the 55-kilometre (34-mile) journey between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk. You can start in either valley, but whichever way you tackle the route it takes 4 or 5 days.

    That means that you’ll be walking about 14 kilometres (roughly 8.5 miles) each day. Typically, that takes between 5 and 7 hours, allowing for plenty of time to take photos and regular rest breaks. It also allows for you to go at a slower pace when tackling the ascent. Across the whole route, there are about 1,600 metres (5,500 feet) of elevation gain.

    Along the way, you’ll see hot springs and mud pools, gorges and glaciers, rugged mountains and canyons. This is the wildest and most remote area of Iceland and, apart from other hikers, you won’t see a soul.

    Each night, you’ll stop in a different mountain hut along the route, including at Hrafntinnusker, Álftavatn, and Botnar. All these huts are heated and some have electricity and hot water. You’ll sleep in bunk beds in dormitory rooms and share dinner as a group in the evening.

    You have the option of how you want to tackle the journey. You can either join a guided group tour, led by a local expert, or walk it alone. With a guide, you’ll have the benefit of local knowledge and insights into the surrounding area. But if you want to embark on your own adventure, you can take a self-guided tour, with your accommodation all booked for you.

    If you book a group tour, you’ll end your trip with a group barbecue. It’s a great way to say goodbye to the rest of your team before your next adventure.

    How to reach Laugavegur

    How do you get to the Icelandic highlands to start your trek? You have a couple of options. But the easiest way is to join a tour.

    On a guided Laugavegur trek, you’ll be picked up from Reykjavík BSí bus station and be taken with your group on the 4-hour journey to Landmannalaugar. Along the way, you’ll pass volcanoes including Hekla, traverse some of the rugged highland roads, and get to know your fellow travellers.

    Even if you don’t join a tour, you can still take the Highland bus. It leaves twice a day to Þórsmörk during the summer months, once to Landmannalaugar, and once to Skógar too.

    Overall, it’s not recommended to arrive by car if you are doing the Laugavegur trail. You’ll have to leave your vehicle at one end of the trail for a number of days and then hike back to collect it. What’s more, reaching Þórsmörk requires a specialised vehicle that’s able to handle the unpaved F-roads and to cross rivers you’ll find on your way. So, taking the Highland bus or a guided two are the two options available.

    What else to see around the Laugavegur trail

    The Laugavegur trek is not the only hiking trail in the Icelandic highlands. In fact, both Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk are very famous as hiking hubs, at the centre of a network of criss-crossing hiking trails that can show you the best of the highlands. If you want to see more while you are there, it’s very easy to extend your trip.

    For example, one of the most popular extensions of the Laugavegur route is known as Fimmvörðuháls. This name translates as “five-cairn trail” and it takes you 25 kilometres (15.5 miles) from Þórsmörk to the renowned waterfall Skógafoss. Along the way, you’ll cross the pass between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, and witness the craters and lava fields created by the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption.

    Alternatively, base yourself in Þórsmörk and explore your sublime surroundings. For example, visit Tröllakirkja, a unique rock formation, or head down into the Sönghellir cave system. There are plenty of mountains to climb in the area too, including Mount Réttarfell, Valahnúkur, or Rjúpnafell. Or join an extended guided tour from Þórsmörk to go beyond the most popular trails.

    Similarly, Landmannalaugar is a great basecamp for hiking too. For instance, you can hike to the epic Grænihryggur, or the Green Ridge, and return in a day. This 20-kilometre (12-mile) walk typically takes about 8 hours, showing you one of the most magical sights in the highlands along the way. Other options from Landmannalaugar include the Brennisteinsalda volcano and Bláhnúkur, the so-called “Blue Peak”.

    With so much to do, the highlands are an unmissable summer destination for lovers of the outdoors.

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