Iceland's Laugavegur Trek

Iceland's Laugavegur Trek

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Iceland's Laugavegur Trek

7 Days Starting and ending in Reykjavik

Visiting: Iceland

Tour operator:

Exodus Adventure Travels

Tour code:

TSE

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

7 - 16

Physical rating:

Moderate / Challenging

Age range:

16-99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:

English

Activities:

Trekking, Walking

From: $4500 $4376 Mid-Year Mayhem Discount: -$124

NB: Prices correct on 24-Jul-2024 but subject to change.

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Tour Overview

Iceland is now firmly established as one of the best, most dramatic trekking destinations. The variety of landscapes has been created over the centuries by volcanic eruptions and gigantic glaciers. One of the most popular trails is known as the Laugavegur Trail, and this is the focus of our week. All meals are included while camping, and we start in the colourful Landmannalaugar Mountains before heading to the dramatic Thorsmork region where we discover the craters from the 2010 eruption. Few trekking routes can match the striking vistas on offer here.

In addition, the early departures offer long days, up to 24hrs daylight in July, while the late August and early September departures bring with them some darkness and with that the chance to see the Northern Lights.

Highlights

  • 24hr daylight in July, chance of Northern Lights in late August

  • Natural hot pools, waterfalls, lava fields, craters and volcanic fissures

  • Iceland's best-known trekking route

Itinerary

Day 1


Our transfer to Reykjavik will be using the Flybus service. Your leader will
have arranged a time for the welcome meeting, details of which will be at the
hotel reception. This is usually around 1830.



Day 2


We transfer up to the unmistakable Landmannalaugar Mountains. The drive will
take approximately 4 hours as we head through the south of Iceland, up the
Thjorsardalur valley towards Mt Hekla, an enormous volcano which in centuries
gone by has been responsible for enormous destruction. Here we turn into the
Highlands and the black volcanic desert of the Fjallabak area. The Fjallabak
Nature Reserve is one of the most popular areas in Iceland for trekking with
a landscape like nowhere else, from black volcanic plains to multicoloured
rhyolite mountains. At the heart of all this are the Landmannalaugar
Mountains where we pitch our camp before having lunch.

Typically most trips begin the Laugavegur trail today, however, we take the
opportunity to enjoy a daywalk in these unique surroundings.

Our afternoon walk heads to the top of Blue Peak and across the black
Laugahruna lava field. The hot pools originate in this lava field, which was
created in 1477, the last known eruption in the area. 

This area is believed to be the southern end of the Bardarbunga volcanic
system. The last eruption in the Bardarbunga system was a fissure eruption in
the northern end of the system from 2014 to 2015. Some 150 km north of
Landmannalaugar, it was the largest eruption in Iceland for over 200 years
though luckily did not have the same impact on air travel as the more famous
Eyafjallajokull eruption of 2010. 

Our guide will prepare the evening meal in our mess tent, though group
members are expected to pitch in and help with food preparation and washing
up.



Day 3


For the next two days we cross the Torfajokull volcanic area (rhyolitic
stratovolcano). An area formed by series of subglacial volcanic eruptions
which today are most commonly found in Iceland or in Antarctica. The area
consists of rolling rhyolite hills with numerous hot springs and sulphur
vents and is the largest rhyolitic area in Iceland.

We start by crossing the Laugahraun lava field to the slopes of
Brennisteinsalda, known for its photogenic spectrum of colours. We take a
short but very worthwhile detour to the top.

En route we pass the Storihver hot spring, cross the high plateau and enter
the Hrafntinnusker area. Here steam rises from the hundreds of vents,  and
our route passes numerous hot springs along the way. 

From Hrafntinnusker and across the Torfajokull Massif. The route meanders
southwards and we hike past steaming hot springs and boiling mud pools before
we start dropping down Jokultungur to the black volcanic plains vest of the
Myrdalsjokull glacier. The view is spectacular on a clear day with
Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers in the foreground and the black
volcanic landscape between. We enter to a totally different landscape made up
from Palagonite ridges and peaks with black volcanic plains and big glacier
rivers all around. Our aim for the day is Alftavatn lake (Swan lake) where we
pitch our tents once more.



Day 4


We head further south towards Myrdalsjokull ice cap across the black volcanic
landscape. There are several rivers in this area, the largest are bridged
however the smaller ones are not. We make a detour just before we make it to
our destination of the day, Emstrur. We head west for the Markarfljotsglufur
canyon. The Markarkfljot glacial river has cut this canyon nearly 200m deep
and it is worth a visit. After the Markarfljostgljufur canyon we have a short
distance to Botnar in the Emstrur area, a small green oasis in the black
volcanic desert.



Day 5


We start the day by crossing the bridge over the Emstrur River on our way to
Thorsmork. We hike along the western edge of the Myrdalsjokull Ice Cap and
leave the pitch black volcanic area. Vegetation increases slowly and
eventually we get to the lush Birch covered area of Thorsmork (Thor's
woodland). Thorsmork valley is a beautiful place with its magnificent
glaciers, river and wind-swept mountains. This area has been a local walkers'
favourite for decades and it’s not hard to see why. We hike across the
Thorsmork valley and over the Krossa glacial river (by bridge) and to our
camp in Basar.



Day 6


Today we pack up ready to head back to Reykjavik. We board the bus and drive
to the capital for our final night. Before getting to Reykjavik we go for a
hike on Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier extending from the Myrdalsjokull
icecap. We explore this wonderland of ice sculptures, crevasses, and long,
narrow ridges. We strap on the crampons and get the ice axes before making
our way up this massive ice flow. After the glacier walk en-route to
Reykjavik we stop at Skogarfoss and Kvernufoss, two particularly photogenic
waterfalls. On arrival in Reykjavik we can check in and then head out for our
final meal together. The leader will be on hand to recommend or book a local
restaurant for the group.



Day 7


Our trip ends with a transfer to the airport for our flight home. 



What's Included

  • Meals
    6 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners.


* All breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
* All accommodation (see accommodation section)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's Not Included

  • Single accommodation (available on request)

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas or vaccinations

Food


All breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners included

Typical Meals when camping:
Breakfast: fresh fruit; yoghurt; porridge; muesli; bread; jam; tea/coffee. 
Lunch: bread and soup; cheese; tuna; biscuits. 
Evening meal: A combination of the following: meat (including Icelandic
specialities such as smoked lamb), fish, pasta, beans, noodles, vegetables,
and hot drinks. We will also have a few bars of chocolate, dried fruit,
biscuits and some sweets to sustain us on the walks. Those who prefer evening
drinks are advised to buy them in the duty-free in Keflavik airport on
arrival.
Dietary requirements - vegetarians can be catered for, please advise at time
of booking. As this is predominantly a camping trip, there is limited
flexibility whilst in camp. If you have specific dietary requirements please
ask at time of booking to allow us to check with our local
partners. Unfortunately, due to the remoteness of some locations, we are
unable to cater for vegans.

Accommodation

The first and last nights are spent in Reykjavik. Here we usually use Hotel Klettur or the Storm Hotel, which both have comfortable rooms. As hotel availability in Reykjavik can be scarce during summer due to strong demand, we may occasionally use one hotel on the first night and a different hotel on the last night. If this is the case, any luggage you choose to leave in Reykjavik will be transferred from one hotel to the other for you.



When camping, we usually stay at organised campsites with good facilities. Showers are available for a small fee – about 350 Icelandic kronas (US$2.60) – at some and are included at others. Some also have facilities for washing clothes. Spacious two-person tents with sewn-in groundsheets and separate flysheets are supplied. We provide a dining tent with a table, campstools, and LED lamps. Please note, some campsites in Iceland cannot be prebooked, and are allocated on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis. In busy periods, we may occasionally use campsites different to those outlined in the itinerary.



Single accommodation, including a single tent, is available on request.

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  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes.

  • Are vaccinations required for this tour?

    There are no specific health risks.

  • Do you require a visa for this holiday?

    No visa required for British passport holders.

  • Who is Exodus Travels?

    At Exodus Travels, we've been exploring the world for nearly 50 years. From Walking and Trekking, Cultural and Cycling, Responsible Wildlife, to Polar and our new Premium Adventures, we are proud to offer award-winning small group and self-guided tours to 100+ countries worldwide.

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    International flights are not included with this tour.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Minimum 16 years old people can go on this tour

  • What is the maximum group size?

    16

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    We are happy to assist with pre and post tour accommodation. Please enquire for detailed information.

  • Is there a supplement for solo travellers?

    If you would like to be paired with a tour member of the same gender, there is no additional charge. A single supplement can be requested if you would like your own room.

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from travellers on this tour

A walk through a lunar landscape

A five day walk through the land that allegedly in

A five day walk through the land that allegedly inspired JRR Tolkien to write "Lord of the Rings". Go on your own journey to return your own one ring to Mount Doom. More volcanoes than you can count on both hands but no Orc's. Iceland has quite a high rainfall but not a problem for this trip because: 1) It didn't rain all week! 2) There is very little soil, so no mud, you spend most of the time walking over volcanic ash or lava!

Good

A fascinating introduction to the varied landscap

A fascinating introduction to the varied landscape of Iceland's interior with a good range of trekking experiences. Walking through snow clad mountains, black volcanic sand, ice clad glaciers and magnificent waterfalls.

'Storm Group'

This was an unexpectedly challenging trek across a

This was an unexpectedly challenging trek across a mix of terrains in the Laugavegur region of Iceland - not only did our group experience the most stunning & variable scenery but equally a variable mix of weather conditions & the unexpected evacuation of camp at speed due to extreme wind conditions that started to uplift our overnight accommodation - & a colleague's possessions ….

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