Iceland Hiking Itinerary

Day 1: Transfer from Reykjavik. Our trip starts off with a morning bus transfer from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar. This beautiful area in the Icelandic Highlands is famous for its colorful mountains. After settling in, we hike a couple of hours (~5 miles) in the surrounding valleys and mountains offering panoramic views of the area. After dinner, take a soak and relax in the natural hot spring beneath the midnight sun!

Day 2: Hike to Hrafntinnusker (~7.5 miles). Today we start the official Laugavegur trek. We hike through old lava fields, over a few hills, past geothermal steam vents, and up to an open plateau. When we arrive at Hrafntinnusker, you can take an optional hike to a panoramic view point where you can see several volcanoes and glaciers in the distance!

Day 3: Hike to Hvanngil (~11 miles). Today’s hike has a few very manageable ups and downs, hiking to a ridge that reveals surreal vistas of the highlands- you will be able to see volcanoes, glaciers, valleys, and lakes all from the same spot. This is perhaps one of the best views of the entire trip (and even in the world!). We pass by beautiful Lake Alftavatn before finishing for the day at Hvanngil, an old farmhouse where we spend the night at the hut!

Day 4: Hike to Emstrur (~7.5 miles). Today is one of the easiest days with a shorter distance and mostly flat terrain. We hike through a wide, open volcanic plain, past a powerful and scenic waterfall, and over several small rivers. In the afternoon, there is an optional hike to an impressive canyon that was formed from flooding caused by a single volcanic eruption. 

Day 5: Hike to þórsmörk (~9.5 miles). Today’s hike does not have as much elevation as the previous days, but is still full of beauty! We cross the Syðri Emstruá canyon, hike through an Icelandic forest, and continue on towards Iceland’s most infamous volcano- Eyjafjallajökull. When we finally get to þórsmörk, we will reflect on our accomplishment and reminisce about all of the wonderful memories we shared over the past week hiking in the highlands! You will transfer back to Reykjavik in the evening. 


Pre/Post Trip Travels. If you would like to see more of Iceland, we recommend going on our Iceland Highlights trip or doing a self drive tour! We also recommend visiting Akureyri in the north, flying to Greenland or the Faroe Islands, or make your Iceland visit part of the Iceland Stopover option that several airlines offer when flying between North America and mainland Europe!

This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances.

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