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Hike and Explore Laugavegur

From $2606 Per Person

Partially guided, 7 days/6 nights
Dates: June 14 - September 18, 2018 (some dates not available, typically Tuesdays and Fridays).

Head out on this 4 day hiking trip which was listed as one of the top 20 hikes for National Geographic! Spend before and after the guided hike in Reykjavik exploring the city. Hike highlights include the geothermal wonderland, Landmannalaugar, which is the beginning of the Laugavegur trail. Hike through the highlands of Iceland, towards the south. The hike portion of your trip ends in Thorsmork valley.
End your adventure with a trip to the Secret Lagoon hot springs for some relaxation. 

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Dates:  June 14 - September 18, 2018 (except Tuesdays and Fridays and a few more exceptions in September)

Day 1: Arrival Reykjavik

Independent arrival to Keflavik airport. Transfer to downtown Reykjavik by airport bus. Check into your hotel. Rest of the day free to explore the city. 


Accommodation in Reykjavik

Day 2:  Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker 

After an early breakfast meet your group at 7 a.m. in front of the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik City Hall on Vonarstraeti.  Your group will drive  straight to Landmannalaugar.  Set out on our hike as soon as we get there. Through the geothermal landscape, group will set aim for Hrafntinnusker, obsidian desert the place takes its name after, and spend the first night. Today you can expect to come across a magnificent geothermal scenario, including Storihver hot spring, and rhyolite mountains. The night will be spent the hut in Hrafntinnusker.

Driving time: 3-4 hrs. Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

Accommodation in hut in Hrafntinnusker

Day 3: Hrafntinnusker- Alftavatn 

Leave the hut after breakfast and continue on the Laugavegur trail. Today, walk along Mt. Reykjafjoll and into the spectacular Jokultungur area. Here the geothermal activity has turned the ravines red and yellow. From the top of Jokultungur, have a great view over lake Alftavatn and Fjallabak. Before reaching Alftavatn where you will be spending the night, cross the first unbridged stream we will encounter.

Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Descent: 490 m (1610′).

Accommodation in hut in Alftavatn

Day 4: Alftavatn - Emstrur

This day’s hike starts like yesterday’s ended – with a stream crossing. This part of the trail takes you through black sand deserts on our way to Emstrur. The volcano Storasula and the flat-topped Hattfell mountain make a fantastic contrast, as they rise from the desert draped in green. Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers lie ahead of you once you reach Emstrur. Take time to walk to Markarfljotsgljufur, before reaching the hut in Botnar, to admire the 200 m deep canyon. Spend the night in a green oasis at Emstrur.

Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 40 m (130′).

Accommodation in hut in Emstrur

Day 5: Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley - Reykjavik

We leave Emstrur and continue on our way to Thorsmork. Hike within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier today, and can expect a great view of the glacier. Descend into Almenningar the landscape changes and some trees start to appear, preparing us for the birch forest in Thorsmork. The Laugavegur trail is behind us once you reach Thorsmork. On our way to Reykjavik, you can get a glimpse at the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, on of the most popular attractions in Iceland. Returning to Reykjavik at around 9:30 pm at the Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstaeti. From there taxis and local buses are available to get you to your hotel (pd locally).

Distance: 15vkm (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985′). Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs.

Accommodation in Reykjavik.

Day 6: Reykjavik - Hot Golden Circle (with the Secret Lagoon)- Reykjavik

After breakfast you will be picked up to head out to see the sights of the Golden Circle and a trip out to the Secret Lagoon.
 

Today's tour highlights include: 

Gullfoss

Gullfoss, the golden waterfall is one of the three sights of the Golden Circle. This great waterfall attracts thousands of visitors every year and for a good reason –  According to the World of Waterfalls, it is one of the top ten best waterfalls in the world.

Geysir

Here you will have the opportunity to walk among the bubbling hot springs that surround the famous Geysir, but make sure to stay within the restricted area for your own safety. Strokkur geyser is a site that you should definitely not miss before heading to your next stop, spouting water sometimes up to 40m high!

Thingvellir national park

Thingvellir National Park a UNESCO world heritage site. Here the Icelandic history and great geological wonders come together, making the place one of Iceland‘s most interesting sites.

Secret Lagoon

The oldest swimming pool in Iceland, a natural hot pool. The locals call this the “Secret lagoon” because it was known only to them for a long time. Now you have a chance to bathe in this outstanding pool with its magical surroundings that will surely offer great photo opportunities for you.

Faxi waterfall

A lesser known hidden gem in the waterfall flora in Iceland. It’s stunning blue colors and width has captured locals hearts from the settling times now it’s time for you to see it.


This day trip is 9 hours in length. 

Accommodation in Reykjavik

 

Day 7: Depart Iceland

Airport bus from downtown Reykjavik to the Keflavik airport. 

Or inquire to extend your vacation.

Your Trip Includes the Following:

Price per person is based on 2 persons in double/twin room.

Single Supplement applies: From $377
 
Additional nights as well as camping equipment are available (sleeping bags, hiking boots & poles, waterproof clothing) for an additional fee, if needed please inquire.

This package is priced LAND ONLY. If you need assistance with booking your airfare, let us know and we will be happy to help you.

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