Laugavegur Express + Fimmvörðuháls or Þórsmörk
Available this summer is the well known Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls at your own pace, as a 3 day self-guided trip from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk continuing to Skógar. The only thing you need to carry is an extra set of clothes and lunch during the day.
Note: An alternative option is to do skip the Fimmvörðuháls trail and take the bus out of Þórsmörk on day 3 in the morning or afternoon.
Hikers and runners have experienced this trip to be one of the must-do's for adventurers in Iceland.
- Transportation to and from Reykjavík with a 4x4 bus
- Accommodation one night in a private rooms on trail
- Accommodation one night in a glamping tent in Þórsmörk
- 2 x Dinner
- 2 x Breakfast
2 x Lunch pack
Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Álftavatn
Distance: 24 km, 8 - 10 hours hiking
Elevation increase: 470 m then decrease 490 m
Starting coordinates GPS: N63°59.600 – W19°03.660
Finish coordinates GPS: N63°51.470 – W19°13.640
Board the bus in Reykjavik, from where the mountain bus will take you to Landmannalaugar.
Starting the trek from Landmannalaugar brings you to an easy hike through the lava field of Laugahraun towards the colourful mountain Brennisteinsalda. There you start a gradual climb through dissected hills with views of an incredible spectrum of colours. After 3 – 4 hours you should arrive at the Stórihver geothermal area and hot springs. About 2/3 of the way is likely to be covered with snow until late summer. Hrafntinnusker Hut (Höskuldsskáli) is situated at 1.000 m above sea level and marks the highest point on the trail. Here you can rest and seek advice from the wardens at the hut. Continuing out from the Hrafntinnusker hut, the trail takes you through a valley with small ravines that sometimes may be filled with snow. Soon after you will leave the colourful rhyolite mountains and enter an area with the contrast of dark palagonite mountains and white glaciers. You will also notice a considerable increase in vegetation. The trail down the Jökultungur is quite steep and care must be taken during the descent. The last few kilometres to the huts by the lake Álftavatn are on flat land. Dinner is served at the Volcano Huts Restaurant by the lake. Accommodation is in private rooms in specially modified expedition trucks located by the restaurant.
Optional evening walks include Brattháls Ridge (2 hours return) and Torfatindur Mountain (818m, 2 hours return)
Day 2 - Álftavatn - Þórsmörk
Distance: 30 km, 10 - 12 hours hiking
Elevation decrease: 340 m
Starting Coordinates GPS: N63°51.470 – W19°13.640<
Finish coordinates GPS: N63°41,4 – W19°35,59
The trail leads you from Álftavatn over the Brattháls Ridge into the Hvanngil Ravine, wading across the small Bratthálskvísl River. From Hvanngil you cross a bridge over the Kaldaklofskvísl River. On the eastern bank of Kaldaklofskvísl River, the trail splits in two. You should take the path leading straight ahead (south) to Emstrur and Þórsmörk. Soon after that, another river has to be waded. The trail is soft under foot with beautiful views of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the nearby mountains. The trail will lead you to the Nyrðri Emstruá River which you can cross on a bridge. After crossing the bridge you will traverse a few kilometres on flat land until you suddenly find the Botnar huts in Emstrur where you can sit down and have lunch and get information about the trail ahead. Heading out from the Emstrur huts you will be on a steep path leading towards the canyon of Syðri-Emstruá River. The river can be crossed on a hiking bridge in a narrow part of the canyon, with the river raging beneath your feet. From the canyon, you will be walking through a hilly area known as Almenningar with the first view of Þórsmörk insight. At the end of Almenningar, you will have to wade the Þröngá River. After crossing the Þröngá River you will enter the forested area of Þórsmörk. Follow the path to an intersection with signs that show directions to different huts in Þórsmörk. From there you should reach the Volcano Huts in Húsadalur Þórsmörk. Dinner is served at the Volcano Huts this evening, and we recommend as well that you visit the warm natural pool and sauna, which are right next to the huts. Accommodation is in a private glamping tent with made up beds.
Evening walks: In Þórsmörk you will find many possibilities for evening walks such as onto the Mt. Valahnúkur or to the Sönghellir Cave.
Day 3 - Fimmvörðuháls or Þórsmörk
Three options are available on the last day of this program.
1. The Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail (30 km) between Þórsmörk and Skógar is one of the most traversed trails in Iceland and offers a challenging trek in versatile terrain, with beautiful views over the South Coast of Iceland and the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve. The trail leads you over the Fimmvörðuháls pass, between the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull ice caps, then down the other side to Þórsmörk and traverses the new lava fields from the 2010 eruption in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier & volcano.
Distance: 30 km, 8 - 12 hours hiking
Elevation: 1000 m
Starting Coordinates GPS: N63°41,4 – W19°35,59
Finish coordinates GPS: N63° 31,771 - W19° 30,204
2. Staying in Þórsmörk gives you plenty of options ranging from staying in and resting from the Laugavegur Trail, enjoying short walks around the nearby trails or keep hiking and running along the 22-kilometre long Þórsgata trail. Our staff at the front desk at the Volcano Huts will help you choose the best trails, based on your physical fitness and interests, once you arrive. Þórsmörk is one of the most beautiful areas in Iceland with endless trails and places to explore.
3. Catch the bus to your next destination.
If you feel tired or you need to hurry on to your next destination, then you can choose to take one of the buses out of Þórsmörk.
Adding an extra night in Þórsmörk gives you the possibility to stay in Þórsmörk for a day and then completing the Fimmvörðuháls trail on the fourth day. An extra night is available in the booking process of this experience as an Extra.