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Trip Type : Small Group Tour
Reykjavik city view, Iceland

Laugavegur trail guided walk

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 2,560 $ 512 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Hiking Iceland’s best known trail
  • Crossing the third largest geothermal zone in the world
  • Experiencing the dramatic landscape and natural beauty of this classic trail
  • Staying in rustic mountain huts
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers

Short Description

A UTracks holiday is all about exploring Europe ‑ your way. It’s about U + the walking tracks and cycling trails you want to discover. Since we began in 2006, UTracks has quickly become known as the leaders in active European holidays. Our itineraries are creative ‑ and very affordable. Set your own pace on a flexible self guided trip or enjoy the benefits of an experienced local guide on a guided tour. Together with our sister company Sherpa Expeditions, we offer over 400 active tours across the continent and it’s many exotic islands. There’s an active holiday idea everyone including families, culinary enthusiasts, history buffs, experienced alpine walkers or those that just want to see Europe differently. The physical demands range from introductory to challenging ‑ with all offering unique opportunities to discover the ‘untrodden’ Europe, spanning postcard landscapes, centuries‑old cultures, rural lifestyles and tempting culinary delights. Compare the price and you will see that we offer exceptional value active programs that are virtually all‑inclusive, giving you more time to enjoy the natural and cultural wonders you’ve come to experience. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2‑star or 4‑star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Reykjavik
End City Reykjavik

Destinations

Iceland

Cities & Attractions

Reykjavík

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Trip Includes

  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • 4 nights in mountain huts on a multishare basis
  • experienced English speaking walking guide for 5 days
  • cooking gear
  • daily luggage transfer
  • transport from Reykjavik to the start of the trip, and from the end of the trip back to Reykjavik

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Itinerary

Day 1: Bus from Reykjavik to Landmannalauger, walk to Hrafntinnusker (4-5hrs)

Meals: Lunch and Dinner

Meet your guide and group in Reykjavik at 7:15am. We take the early bus 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 11am, we have lunch then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrive at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, where we stay overnight, in the late afternoon.

Distance: 12km / 7.5mi. Ascent: 470m / 1540ft.

Day 2: Continue on foot to Álftavatn (4-5hrs)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 3: Trek to Emstrur via the black deserts of Maelifellssandur (6-7hrs)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 4: Through valleys and gullies to Thórsmörk (6-7hrs)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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.

Day 5: Optional day walks, afternoon bus to Reykjavik, trip concludes

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

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.

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Laugavegur trail guided walk

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Flights & Transport

Only ground transport

Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

During the trip you will be accommodated in mountain huts which are multishare. All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They all have bunk rooms with single and twin beds. Some huts have a continuous line of beds. Participants must be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers. Showers can be taken in the huts at Álftavatn (day 2), Emstrur (day 3) and in Thórsmörk (days 4 & 5) – these cost ISK500 per battery charge and you can only pay by cash.

All huts have running water. Sleeping bags can be hired locally (price is ISK7900, subject to change) or you can bring one from home (a basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient). The guide will have food and cooking equipment for the group. Group participation in cooking preparation and clean-up is part of the experience

Additional Information:

Group size is from 6-16 participants. In the unlikely event of the trip not reaching minimum numbers, the trip will be cancelled 4 weeks prior to departure.

Trip ID#:

LauGuiUtr

Trip Excludes

  • 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 ($100 per person, must be pre‑paid)

Meals Included:

4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners

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