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Hike and Explore Laugavegur

From $2782 Per Person

Partially guided, select dates ("view itinerary" for exact dates)
July 29 - September 17, 2017

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:  September 10, 13 & 17, 2017

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 between 10:00 – 10:30 AM. Head out to see the sights of the Golden Circle tour after the morning crowds had already come and gone.

On this Hot Golden Circle tour,  visit the three major sights of the Golden Circle.
First off – Thingvellir, site of the World’s first Parliament (Althingi) that met each year, beginning in 930 AD and continuing until 1798. National Park Thingvellir is also a geological wonder, at this place two tectonic plates meet – the Eurasian and American plates. You will get the chance to see the edges of both plates and where they meet, with the possibility to take a short walk in between the plates! Next is the beautiful Gullfoss, Iceland’s pride and one of Europe’s largest waterfalls. At Haukadalur you will be able to stand up close to the erupting geyser, Strokkur. After the golden circle tour is complete, head to the Secret Lagoon, the hot spring nature bath. Locals gave it that name because it has only been known to few, up until now. Relax in the 38-40°C water, the Viking way.


This day trip is 8-9 hours in length. 

Accommodation in Reykjavik

 

Day 7: Depart Iceland

Today, relax and soak your tired muscles at the Secret Lagoon!

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 and/or transportation back from Kemi are additional. If interested, 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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