Embark on the famed Laugavegur Trail on this seven-day Icelandic trek. Journey through active, geothermal lava fields, the Rhyolite Mountains, and snow-covered passes. Cross through a black-sand desert and land in a native forest. Learn about wild and rare plants and animals, and soak in the hot springs along the way. This scenic-yet-basic camping trek allows you to maximize your time in this unique destination. You can choose to travel with just a day pack (luggage storage can be arranged), and you can opt for a guided or self-guided tour, depending on preference.


  • Take in Reykjavik's funky street art and upscale dining and nightlife scene
  • Visit active volcanoes, craters, and colorful peaks in Landmannalaugar
  • Discover glaciers, valleys, and stunning Lake Alftavatn in the Rhyolite Mountains
  • Explore the green slopes and gullies that frame the incredible Þórsmörk Valley

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Reykjavík & Self-Guided Tour Reykjavik
Day 2 Landmannalaugar Mountain & Volcano Trekking Landmannalaugar
Day 3 Rhyolite Mountains Trek - Hrafntinnusker to Lake Álftavatn Lake Alftavatn
Day 4 Cross the Emstrur Desert & View Hattafell Emstrur-Botnar Hut
Day 5 Explore Þórsmörk Valley Thorsmork
Day 6 Þórsmörk - Discover Goðalönd and Fimmvorduhals Pass Thorsmork
Day 7 Return to Reykjavík, Blue Lagoon Soak, & Departure Reykjavik

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavík and self-guided tour


Welcome to Iceland! A travel representative will meet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the capital city. Enjoy the rest of the day and evening exploring Reykjavík at leisure. 

Walk through compact downtown to check out the unique street art scene. Head to the water for the Sun Voyager Sculpture and the Harpa Concert Hall, with its unique, glass architecture. Visit Hallgrímskirkja, a church on the hill, and take the elevator to the top of the tower for a great view of the city below and panoramic views of the area.

For delicious lunch and dinner recommendations, consider the below:

  • Messinn
  • Sea Barron
  • Kol Restaurant
  • The Coocoo's Nest
  • Kaffivagninn (lunch only)
  • Café Loki

If you are interested in checking out Reykjavík’s nightlife scene, visit the following bars:

  • Craft Cocktails
  • Mikkeller & Friends
  • Skúli Craft Bar
  • KEX Hostel Bar (live music on weekends)

Day 2: Landmannalaugar Mountain and volcano trekking

The landscapes of Landmannalaugar
The landscapes of Landmannalaugar

This morning, take a bus to the multi-colored massif of Landmannalaugar, located in the heart of the beautiful Fjallabak Nature Reserve.

Take the famous Dómadalur route and stop to marvel at Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. Set up camp, and depending on the conditions and motivations, walk to Ljótipollur or climb Bláhnúkur. Ljótipollur means "Ugly Puddle," but contrary to its name, it is a stunning crater lake famous for its bright colors and visible lava layers. Bláhnúkur translates to "Blue Peak," and is an impressive volcano with views of five glaciers in good conditions.

In the evening, dip your feet and relax or swim in Landmannalaugar's warm river before bed.

Trekking Duration: 3 hours

Day 3: Rhyolite Mountains trek - Hrafntinnusker to Lake Álftavatn

Lake Alftavatn
Lake Alftavatn

Today, trek through the beautiful Rhyolite Mountains in one of the most active geothermal areas on the planet. Explore the glacier-topped volcano of Hrafntinnusker and venture into the heart of its vast, collapsed caldera.

The day's hike heads through a series of small, hidden valleys at the foot of the Tindfjöll Glacier. Tonight, camp near the stunning Lake Alftavatn.

Trek Distance: 15 miles 
Trek Duration: 7-8 hours

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Day 4: Cross the Emstrur Desert and view Hattafell

The view of Hattafell in the Emstrur Desert
The view of Hattafell in the Emstrur Desert

Today, cross the Emstrur Desert, a vast landscape of black sand, which is periodically interrupted by impressive, bright-green mountains. These lonely, imposing mountains jump out of their monochrome surroundings, creating truly unique views.

Explore the impressive Hattafell cone before arriving at your campsite.

Trek Distance: 10 miles
Trek Duration: 5 hours

Day 5: Explore Þórsmörk Valley

The lush, greenery of Thorsmörk
The lush, greenery of Thorsmörk

Þórsmörk, or Thorsmörk to use the English spelling, is known as "The Woods of Thor," and is named after the God of Thunder.  Discover the lush area—vastly different from yesterday's desert landscapes.

As you descend into Þórsmörk Valley, little by little, the harsh landscape softens into an alpine area of green slopes and gullies. 

Trek Distance: 10 miles
Trek Duration: 5 hours

Day 6: Þórsmörk - Discover Goðalönd and Fimmvorduhals Pass

Eyjafjallajökull Glacier
Eyjafjallajökull Glacier

Cross Krossá River via the footbridge to enter Goðalönd. Nestled at the foot of two glaciers, this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by an extensive array of grass and flowers.

Continue along the ridges to a contrasting volcanic landscape to view the Fimmvorduhals Pass. The aftermath of the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption is evident here amongst the craters and lava field. 

Then, spend the night back in Thorsmörk.

Trek Distance: 7-9 miles
Trek Duration: 6-7 hours

Day 7: Return to Reykjavík, Blue Lagoon soak, and departure

Goodbye, Reykjavik!
Goodbye, Reykjavik!

This morning, head back to Reykjavík. If your schedule allows, you can explore more of the capital city. Stroll around Reykjavík Harbour or join a whale-watching tour. Spend some time learning about Iceland’s history at the Settlement Exhibition or the National Museum of Iceland. Snack on a world-famous hot dog at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, or hop between cafés.

If time permits, consider a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon en route to the airport, before catching your departure flight home. 


Map of Hiking in Iceland's Highlands: Laugavegur Trek - 7 Days
Map of Hiking in Iceland's Highlands: Laugavegur Trek - 7 Days