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Duration
5 days
Activities
  • 5 day guided walk
Accommodation
Meals
  • 4 Dinners
  • 5 Lunches
  • 4 Breakfasts

Price

$2990USD

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Overview

Trip Code: ILG

Trip highlights


  • Hiking Iceland’s best known trail
  • Crossing the third largest geothermal zone in the world
  • Walking through the colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar and witnessing the contrasts of black sand and green moss
  • Staying in rustic mountain huts
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers

If you are planning to do one walk in Iceland and you are short on time, this is the logical choice. The best known of all treks in Iceland, the Laugavegur Trail offers all the colours of the rainbow over the course of this 5 day hike. Beginning in the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands, the route heads south past small gorges to the Thórsmörk valley. Arriving at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which last errupted in 2010 and whose crater is completely covered by an ice cap, marks one of the many highlights of the trip. The trail then crosses the third biggest geothermal zone in the world, where steaming hot springs are dotted through the landscape, over the yellow rhyolite mountains, through black deserts, past great canyons and into the green valley of Thórsmörk. It is no coincidence that the Laugavegur hike each year attracts travellers from around the world, in addition to being a great favourite amongst locals. Throughout this guided trip you will stay in mountain huts and marvel at the changing landscapes with your fellow walkers.

Trip Grading

moderate

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Meet your guide and group in Reykjavik early this morning (approx 6.30am). We take the early bus (7am) that drives along the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and others volcanoes in the Domadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar around noon, we have lunch then walk south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. We arrive at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut in the late afternoon. Distance: 12km/7.5mi. Ascent: 470m/1540ft.

Meals:  L,D

From Hrafntinnusker we descend in the gullies of Jökultungur, where there are hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. We'll enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan lake) and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut, where we stay overnight. Distance: 12km/7.5mi. Descent: 490m/1610ft.

Meals:  B,L,D

We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano Stórasúla, before entering the black deserts of Maelifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region, where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botmar hut, where we stay overnight, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon, which cuts almost 200m into the rocks south of Hattfell. Distance: 16km/10mi. Descent: 40m/130ft.

Meals:  B,L,D

We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometres away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend into Thórsmörk's green valleys (the 'woods of Thor'), filled with arctic birch forests and colourful flowers. We stay overnight in one of the huts in Thórsmörk. Distance: 17km/10.5mi. Descent: 300m/985ft

Meals:  B,L,D

We spend the morning in Thórsmörk, where we walk along one of numerous paths - for example, we can visit the Sönghellir cave (a 'singing' cave'), or climb the small mountain of Valahnúkur which has magnificent views. We'll take the afternoon bus to Reykjavik, where the trip ends in the evening (approx 7pm).

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Special diets can be catered for on request (e.g. vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free diet) however a supplement will apply. Please advise us of any special dietary requirements at the time of booking.
  • Experienced English speaking walking guide for 5 days
  • Cooking gear
  • Daily luggage transfer - max 15kg per person, no hard suitcases
  • Transport from Reykjavik to the start of the trip, and from the end of the trip back to Reykjavik

  • Travel to and from your home country to the start and end of the trip
  • Transport to and from the meeting point in Reykjavik
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag. Available for hire (contact your reservations consultant for pricing details - must be prebooked)
  • showers in huts (payable locally)
  • Special dietary surcharge (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free) - supplement applies

Accommodation


Grading

moderate  

The trip involves daily walks of up to seven hours per day. There are some hills but most are moderate, and a few steep sections which require care - but on average the trail is a descent. The accent is on keeping a steady pace to with time to stop and take photos. You will need a good level of fitness to participate fully in this adventure. Weather conditions may be harsh at times and you will need to be comfortable walking in such conditions. We suggest up to one hour of strenuous exercise 3-4 times a week. The total walking distance is 56km, at altitudes between 200-1100m. The maximum ascent is 600m.


Departure dates


Notes

DN1
Sleeping bag is required for all departures. Hire facility is available.

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