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Laufey Sigurðardóttir

I have always loved to travel in Iceland and to other places in the world. When I visit different countries, I especially love to get to know the local cultures and hike on beautiful, off the beaten paths. I started traveling in Iceland when I was young because my parents took every opportunity they had to get out and experience Icelandic nature. Exploring Iceland’s natural landscapes is very special. You get a sense of real vastness out in the highlands, and you can be mesmerized by the beauty of the little things, like a small creek or fragile arctic fauna that bravely faces the elements. Later in life, I continued my parent’s "work" when I had children.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in hiking / trekking in the Icelandic highlands. I also design tours to experience the wonders of Iceland, longer tours or short breaks."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I go out into Icelandic nature regularly to restore my energy. My passion for nature is why I started working for Icelandic Mountain Guides. I didn't hesitate when I was given the opportunity, especially because their environmental policy encourages every visitor to be a responsible traveler."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It's not easy to pick just one. However, I can say that my best moments have been related to the serenity and power of the Icelandic highlands. Nothing compares being alone or with good friends, your backpack, and tent in the middle of nowhere."

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Núpsstaðarskógar to Skaftafell Trek - 5 Days

If you only have a week in Iceland, consider this compact and well-timed tour. Bookended by two days in Reykjavik — one to get ready and one to relax and recover — the tour takes the best advantage of a limited schedule, while also showing you plenty of unforgettable natural wonders, including glaciers, mountains, valleys and an iconic waterfall.

The incredible skies of Iceland reflected in the crystal water
Laugavegur Hut-to-Hut Trek - 5 Days

Hike Iceland's best-known trail from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the south, through the Þórsmörk valley, and along the base of the world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. On the 35-mile-long Laugavegur trail, you'll see colorful rhyolite mountains, cross black sand deserts, venture into deep canyons, and hike between birch tree groves. After each long day of exploring, stay the night in cozy, rustic mountain huts.

Guide to Landmannalaugar: Where to Hike, Stay, and Play

Landmannalaugar is a geothermal wonderland in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, home to lava fields, hot pools, and steam puffs that rise from the earth. Hike among vibrantly hued mountains and explore highlands dotted with glaciers, black sand beaches, geysers, and waterfalls. Stunning and remote, this area is a perfect representation of all the Icelandic landscape has to offer.

Guide to Thorsmork - "Thor's Valley", Home to Some of Iceland's Most Striking Landscapes

Thorsmork is a mountain range nestled between major glaciers Tindfjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The ridge, named “Thor’s Valley” in Icelandic, is a dramatic landscape of towering peaks, glacier rivers, and black deserts. Craggy mountains and ice-topped peaks slope down to lush birch forests and mossy gulches. Luckily for visitors, it’s also home to some Iceland’s most beautiful hiking routes.

Recent trip reviews for Laufey

Jenny

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Jenny T. - Local specialist: Laufey Sigurðardóttir

We were very lucky to have Laufey as our travel specialist, she was extremely helpful and patient with my specific requests and ended up creating a travel itinerary that was perfect to our needs! They even covered some costs for us due to some small misunderstandings. We're very thankful for that plus the great trip that we had!

From landing to departure everything was taken care of. We were picked up at the airport by a private driver, taken straight to our hotel and Laufey even prepared a... read more

We were very lucky to have Laufey as our travel specialist, she was extremely helpful and patient with my specific requests and ended up creating a travel itinerary that was perfect to our needs! They even covered some costs for us due to some small misunderstandings. We're very thankful for that plus the great trip that we had!

From landing to departure everything was taken care of. We were picked up at the airport by a private driver, taken straight to our hotel and Laufey even prepared a very detailed guide for our self-directed day tour around Reykjavik.

On the second day, we were picked up by Jón, our Icelandic Mountain Tours guide. The bus only had a total of 6 people (including Jón) but yet they still proceeded with the tour. The weather was insane that day, with crazy winds. Lots of day tours were cancelled. Lucky for us, Jón flipped our tour backwards and did tons of research to make sure our transportation to the Golden Circle was safe. The winds were very very strong, and Jón focused on the drive to make our safety the utmost priority. Our entire group was crazy jetlagged so we had a difficult time staying awake while he was explaining history/geology/etc., and we feel so remorseful for that!

The next two days we drove even further, went to the Glacier Bay, Diamond Beach, and also did a glacier walk and ice caving. I highly recommend the glacier walk on Skaftafellstofa! We also admired the Black Sand Beach, waterfalls, and gorgeous views, before ending our private tour with Jón and heading back to the capital.

We were also scheduled for snorkeling at the Silfra as well as the Blue Lagoon.
I have so many great things to say about this trip and the way Laufey planned it out for us! From start to finish everything was done perfectly and left us with little to worry about.

Thank you so much!

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Yin Chieh L. - Local specialist: Laufey Sigurðardóttir

I would recommend this trip to anyone.
We had a marvelous time. The travel agency is informative and very accommodating.
Our tour guide Jon is awesome. We are glad he managed to drive through the crazy wind gust and rearrange the schedule so we can get the most out of the trip despite the weather. The airport shuttle taxi driver is very kind and informative too. Thank you all!

Joyce

Trip to iceland, Iceland - Nov 28 - Dec 3, 2018

Traveler: Joyce T. - Local specialist: Laufey Sigurðardóttir

We had such an amazing time in Iceland! Our guide, Jon, was super nice, helpful and really help made our trip a memorable experience. The first day, there was a wind storm and many of the tours were cancelled - Jon helped us find an alternate route and rearranged the day's itinerary so we were able to still see all the attractions for the day. The accommodations provided were also very comfortable, and we especially loved Fosshotel Nupar (too bad there were no northern lights the two nights... read more

We had such an amazing time in Iceland! Our guide, Jon, was super nice, helpful and really help made our trip a memorable experience. The first day, there was a wind storm and many of the tours were cancelled - Jon helped us find an alternate route and rearranged the day's itinerary so we were able to still see all the attractions for the day. The accommodations provided were also very comfortable, and we especially loved Fosshotel Nupar (too bad there were no northern lights the two nights we were there), and also the apartment at Guesthouse Sunna. Everyone we met on the trip was very knowledgeable and kind, and we had a wonderful time!!

Highlights: The glaciers, Diamond beach and the glacial lagoon - those were my absolute favorites!!