Laugavegur Trekking and Fimmvörđuháls Volcano 2020 - 6 days / 5 nights

Iceland's most famous hiking trail

Laugavegur Trekking and Fimmvörđuháls Volcano 2020 - 6 days / 5 nights

Iceland's most famous hiking trail




Accommodation in mountain huts or tents.

Laugavegur is Iceland’s most famous hiking trail, since there are few trails in the country that offer more diversity and beauty.

The Laugavegur Trail starts in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland, known worldwide for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and warm hot springs that locals have enjoyed soaking in throughout the centuries. Prepare yourself for breathtaking scenery as we make our way to the highlands. Throughout the 6-day hike where you will be greeted with fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, hot springs, geysers, sparkling white glaciers and glacier rivers, elf churches and so much more.
While absorbing all of Iceland’s natural beauty our guides will tell you about these mysterious areas, the landscape, flora, fauna and folklore tales. You will be guided safely through this magical area, stopping at all the right places to make sure you get the absolute best experience of Laugavegurinn as the locals call the trail.
We spend our nights either in rustic mountain huts or in camping tents (choose which upon booking) in beautiful remote locations, which adds to the charm of the hike. The locations include gorgeous places like Álftavatn, Hrafntinnusker and Thorsmork. Together, the group will prepare delicious meals to enjoy in a magical environment and atmosphere. A great time to reflect on the passing days. Sometimes we even take an evening stroll to areas off the beaten track to visit some of the enchanting secret places we have been finding in the past years.
At the end of the Laugavegur trail, we find ourselves in Thorsmork Valley, a surprisingly green and fertile valley which is named after the Norse god of thunder Thor. Thor is believed to have struck down his hammer and formed the valley. Thorsmork is nestled at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull which became world known in 2010 when it erupted, stopping almost all air traffic to and from Europe. From Thorsmork, we will hike up the valley, between Eyjafjallajokull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, through a pass known as Fimmvörđuháls. This is where we find the two new craters that were formed in the eruption, Magni and Modi, named after the sons of Thor. These newly formed craters are some of the spectacular things you will see and experience on this 6-day trekking tour.


We have several hiking tours in this area. Please take a look at HT02 and HT14.

HT05 Map

HT05 Map

AVAILABLE:
June 15 to September 18

DURATION:
6 days / 5 nights

TOUR ID:
HT05

Included

    Transport from the meeting points stated in Other Info
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    Guiding Service
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    Experienced Trekking Guide
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    Accommodation in mountain huts OR tents
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    Meals
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    Luggage transport from hut to hut
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    Small Group Experience
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Not Included

    Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavik
    Sleeping bag
    Showers are not included in the price but can be purchased at all huts but Hrafntinnusker (500 ISK)

Itinerary

Day 1. Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráđhúsiđ) by Tjörnin pond at 7.00 a.m. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and within walking distance from most hotels, hostels and guesthouses in central Reykjavik. We also offer pick up at selected locations around Reykjavik stated in "Other Info". After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. The drive takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we travel along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland's most active volcano, Hekla.
Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. The trail takes us through the rough lava field, Laugahraun. From there we move to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda, which is known worldwide for its incredible spectrums of colors and photogenic looks. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Storihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. Storihver is one of the very few green grounds we will encounter on this day. We spend the night in the hut in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote huts in Iceland.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)
Hiking time: 4-5 hrs
Ascent: 470 m (1540 ')

Day 2. Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn Lake

After breakfast we head out again and walk along Reykjafjöll mountain range and descend into the Jökultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. We will leave the colorful rhyolite mountains and enter into an area with dark palagonite mountains and a breathtaking glacier view. If the visibility is good we hike up to Mt. Haskerdingur were the view greets you with countless glaciers, mountains and volcanoes.
During the next steps, the landscape will be a lot greener and you might notice a considerable increase in vegetation. From the top of Jokultungur, there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and Lake Alftavatn (e. Whooper Swan Lake) which is our next overnight stop. The trail down Jokulstungur is rather steep but once you are down you have landed in a fertile paradise on the banks of the river Grashagakvisl. Before reaching Álftavatn we need to cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night in a hut by the beautiful lake.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)
Hiking time: 4-5 hrs
Descent: 490 m (1610 ')

Day 3. Álftavatn Lake - Emstrur

We begin the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and further to the black desert of Mćlifellssandur. On our way, we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is a chance to enjoy a view of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers.
Emstrur is a lush region where farmers used to graze their sheep during the summertime. Just before reaching the huts or tents in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, approximately 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The sleeping location Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcomed sight after walking through the black sands.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi)
Hiking time: 6-7 hrs
Descent: 40 m (130 ')

Day 4. Emstrur - Ţórsmörk Valley

We put Emstrur behind us and continue on our way to Thorsmork. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We walk under the characteristic Mt. Einhyrningur, the Unicorn Mountain, and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, a magnificent place to spend the night.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi)
Hiking time: 6-7 hrs
Descent: 300 m (985 ')

Day 5. Hiking to Magni and Móđi Volcano, Fimmvörđuháls Pass

Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new craters formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, named after the sons of Thor.
On the way, we pass by a formation of lava in a waterfall shape made in the eruption. Here you have a chance to see how Iceland is still being built, formed and shaped by its nature. We will be greeted with a fantastic view over the valley. We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a farewell party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled Lamb for dinner.

Distance: 16km (10 mi)
Hiking time: 7-8 hrs
Ascent: 800 m (2600 ')

Day 6. Ţórsmörk Valley and back to Reykjavík

In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast before going out to explore the amazing surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajokull surround the Thorsmork valley, for thousands of years these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them, have carved the sandstone in Thorsmork into surreal sculptures dotted with moss and arctic birch trees.
We hike up the mountain Valahnukur for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish can also simply spend the day relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30.

Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi)
Hiking time: 3 hrs
Ascent: 275 m (902')

Tour Dates

June 15, 2020 English Guaranteed Accommodation in mountain huts
June 16, 2020 English Guaranteed Accommodation in mountain huts
June 18, 2020 English Guaranteed Accommodation in mountain huts
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Price Information

June 15, 2020 - September 18, 2020:
Price per person with accommodation in mountain huts 199990 ISK (1448 EUR)
Price per person with accommodation in tents 169990 ISK (1231 EUR)

Optional

 

Sleeping bag rental per person
Price: 6000 ISK (43 EUR)

Special food
Price: 6000 ISK (43 EUR)

Payments & Terms

10% Deposit
Cancellation Policy:
As we start to incur costs from the time the contract is confirmed we will apply cancellation charges as shown below from the time when written notification of the cancellation is received:
Cancellations with more than 28 days' notice before trip departure: You will be refunded 90% of the total tour price. 10% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of booking and preparing your tour.
Cancellations with less than 28 days' notice before trip departure: You will be refunded 50% of your total tour price. 50% is non-refundable, as this represents our direct cost of cancelling any arrangements made for your tour.
Cancellations with less than 48-hours' notice before trip departure: No refund will be given if tours are cancelled with less than 48 hours' notice, as we will be charged for all costs such as guides, transport etc.

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.


Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Hiking time: 4-8 hours per day
Level: Moderate
Total Distance: 77 km / 47.8 mi
Max. Ascent: 800 m / 2600'
Minimum age: 15 years
Group size: Maximum 16 participants

Suitable for most people that are in good health and exercise regularly: No previous hiking experience needed. A few moderate river crossing and some steeper sections will be encountered.

Meeting points and times: in Reykjavík are stated below. Please specify once making the booking which location you would like to be picked up at:

7:00 a.m. - Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráđhúsiđ) on Vonarstrćti
7:15 a.m. - Hallgrímskirkja Church
7:30 a.m. - Reykjavik Campsite
Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:
8:35 a.m. - Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15 a.m. - Hella Bus Terminal

*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.

Drop off after the tour is available at:
Orkan gas station on Miklabraut, South by Kringlan
Reykjavik Campsite
Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráđhúsiđ) on Vonarstrćti

Drop off outside Reykjavík:
Hvolsvöllur N1 gas station
Hella Bus Stop
Selfoss N1 gas station
Hveragerđi N1 gas station (stops only if passengers ask for especially)


Accommodation in mountain huts: Overnight stay will be in a shared mountain hut or tent in beautiful surroundings. All the huts are heated with either gas or geothermal water, so a light sleeping bag will be enough to keep you warm. The huts have communal dormitories with bunk beds. Some of the bunks are double and some are single so you may have to share a double bunk. We recommend that you bring earplugs and an eye/sleeping mask if you have trouble sharing a room with others. The huts all have toilet facilities and free drinking water. All the huts (except the first night in Hrafntinnusker) have gas heated showers, a 5 min shower costs 500 ISK. There is limited electricity at the huts and the access is restricted to a few power outlets if any. Charging costs 1,000 ISK and is often only possible for a limited amount of time (if possible at all). We recommend bringing a portable charging device if you have one. If you don't and charging is necessary for you while on the trek, you will need to invest in one. You can get very inexpensive ones that work well.

There is no service in the huts (no shop, no food, no beer or wine for sale!).

Accommodation in tents: You will be sleeping in a 2-3 person tent that is very simple to put up and take down. Single tents are available, please contact us for price. Trek Iceland provides the tents and insulating mattresses. We also provide a large kitchen tent with tables, chairs and all cooking gear. The campsites all have toilet facilities and free drinking water. All the campsites(except the first night) have gas heated showers, a 5 min shower costs 500 ISK and they do accept credit cards or cash. It is possible to charge camera batteries and phones at all the campsites (except the first night), each charge costs 500 ISK.

Luggage: During the day you will only need to carry a light day pack containing lunch, water bottle, river crossing shoes, rain-gear, and other items or clothing you might need for the day such as medication, sunglasses, extra socks, etc. Your main luggage will be transported between huts/campsite by a support vehicle (included in the price). There is a limit of 1 piece of luggage for each participant that can weigh up to 20 kg. To make sure your belongings stay dry pack everything in a water and dust proof travel sack, we recommend a duffel bag. Fragile items such as cameras should packed in proper cases/bags. We highly recommend not to carry with you computers or others valuable devices while hiking or doing any other outdoor activities as run the risk of getting wet or damaged.

Sleeping bag rental: - If you are travelling light or simply do not own a sleeping bag they are available for rent. Sleeping bag rental must be booked before the tour starts and are available in the booking process on our website.

Food: Our standard menu includes milk products, eggs, fish, nuts, meat and bread so if you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, have allergies or have other specific food preferences then please put this in as a comment when you book your trip so we can make the suitable arrangements. This will help us in supplying the best meals possible for everyone. The meals are prepared by the guide and the group together. Although the guide is usually the leader on the project this can go all ways. This often brings the whole group together and makes a nice, fun and cozy atmosphere. We have a saying in Icelandic “margar hendur vinna létt verk” which basically means when people help out the job is a lot easier and we think that this fits perfectly to this question. Make food and friends at the same time!

Payment: A non refundable deposit of 10%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Travel Insurance: To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Equipment list

Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof
Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
Warm hat and/or balaclava
HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
Day backpack about 25-40 L
Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)
River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
Sleeping bag and travel pillow
Towel
Tooth brush and personal toiletries
Sunglasses/sunscreen
1-2 L Water bottle
Hiking poles
Gaiters
Pen knife
Camera, batteries & memory card
Book
Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
Earplugs
Money for the showers (500 kr in coins)
Power bank / portable charging device

It is possible to do a shorter version of this hike with 4 days / 3 nights. Please take a look at HT02.

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