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Hiking in Iceland: Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork

from ISK 191.900
This is a 5 days hiking tour from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork in Iceland – loved by locals as well as hikers from all over the world.

About the Hiking in Iceland: Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork

If you want a multi-day hiking tour in Iceland – this is the tour we recommend. This particular hiking route is probably one of Icelands most famous treks, going from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork. During this journey you will experience the magical, diverse landscape in Iceland. Together with long bright summer days, it will capture your nature loving heart. Finally, we will celebrate this amazing adventure with BBQ the last night in Thorsmork.

And the rumors are true! The geothermal hotspots in Landmannalaugar, and the lush green landscape in Thorsmork, makes trekking in the southern highlands even more beautiful in real life than in pictures.

During this adventurous hike we will trek between vibrant yellow rhyolite mountains, cross over black sand deserts and last but not least, walk past majestic canyons. It is no coincidence that this route is a favorite among the locals as well as hikers from all over the world.


  • Colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar
  • Contrasts of black sand and green moss
  • Knowledgeable, qualified guide
  • Lush Green Valley of Thorsmork
  • Light weighted hiking tour



  • Tour type: Hiking: Trek from hut to hut with luggage transport
  • Season: June - September
  • Tour duration: 5 days, 4 nights
  • Meeting point: BSI Bus terminal (Vatnsmýrarvegur, Reykjavík 101, IS)
  • Meeting time: 07:15
  • Guided in: English (French or German on some departures)
  • Transport: Public bus
  • Minimum age: 14 years
  • Total walking distance: 56 km (35 mi)
  • Walking per day: 4-7 hours
  • Max. ascent: 600m (1900 ft)
  • Accommondation: Mountain hut
  • Group size: 6-16 participants


Tour ID: IMG31 5-Day Laugavegur Trek in Huts - Part 1

What is included in this tour? Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  1. Experienced and qualified guide
  2. Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  3. Transport at the beginning and end of trek
  4. Breakfast (4), Lunch (5), Dinner (4)
  5. Transfer of luggage
What should you bring?
For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list below, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.
Boots and Clothing:
  1. Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
  2. Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  3. T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  4. Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
  5. Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
  6. Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable.
  7. Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
  8. Gloves – Wool or synthetic 2 pairs of different thickness.
  9. Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
  10. Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.

Other gear:

  1. A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
  2. Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)
  3. River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job.
  4. Light Sleeping bag
  5. Towel – light weight and packable.
  6. Sunglasses & sun protection.
  7. Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
  8. Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
  9. Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
  10. Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
  11. Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  12. Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
  13. Earplugs

Optional gear:

  1. Walking pole(s) – recommended.
  2. Gaiters
  3. Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
  4. Pen knife.
  5. Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
  6. Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
  7. Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
  8. Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
  9. Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
  10. Slippers for indoor use.
  11. Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.
What is not included in this tour? Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  1. Sleeping bag*
  2. Showers in huts (payable on site)
  3. Pick up/drop off from your accommodation in Reykjavík or nearest bus stop to Meeting point (BSI Bus terminal)*
  4. Accommondation in Reykjavik: one night before and one night after the tour*

* can be booked as extras in the booking engine

  1. Day 1 Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker

    The trip starts by taking the public bus from BSI bus terminal at 08:00. During the summer months the bus drives by the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar before passing by the famous volcano Hekla and further volcanoes in the Domadalur area. Once we arrive Landmannalaugar at noon, we have lunch before we head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and also yellow mountain ridges. Finally, in the late afternoon, we arrive at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut where we will stay the night.

  2. Day 2 Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn

    We start the hike this morning descending from Hrafntinnusker down in the gullies of Jökultungur. Here we find hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers.

  3. Day 3 Alftavatn-Emstrur

    We start todays hike passing at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla. Later we enter the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Furthermore, we head towards another ancient and verdurous volcano named the Hattfell,
    The next stop is the Emstrur region. In this area farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. We stay the night in the Botnar hut, but before we arrive here, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon. This canyon is cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.

  4. Day 4 Emstrur-Þórsmörk

    On day 4 we continue our hilly hike, to the left and to the right, through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur.
    The powerfull Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. The last part of todays hike lets us descend into Þórsmörk’s (“the woods of Thor”) green valleys. Þórsmörk is filled beautiful growths, such as arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. After arriving at the huts in Þórsmörk, we top off this amazing adventure with a barbecue!

  5. Day 5 Þórsmörk-Reykjavík

    First, we spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we hike along one of the numerous paths in this area. For instance, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”) or climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur. The last mentioned has a magnificent view.
    Finally we take the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal where the trip ends at 19:20.

Mountain huts
All the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have dormitories with single and twin bunkbeds and/or mattresses and participants must be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
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We highly recommend that you take regular hikes in your country, preferably somewhere where the route includes uphill and downhill hiking, and on uneven terrain with some weight on your back. You can start with short hikes, but try to make them longer to ensure that you have the endurance for the longer hiking days while you are on the tour.
Special dietary supplement, such as vegetarian, pescatarian, vegan, gluten free or other supplements, can be ordered at some extra cost. The supplement will include meals that meet the requirements of your diet.
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