Laugavegur Trail is a 32.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Landmannalaugar, Southern, Iceland that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until September.

Length32.4 miElevation gain5,583 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingHikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingRunningLakeHot springsRiverViewsWaterfallwild-flowersWildlifeMuddyRockyScrambleSnowNo shade
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This is the most famous trail in Iceland. A 4-day trek across the Icelandic wilderness - polychrome mountains, lava fields, black sand deserts, geothermal springs, glaciers, lakes, icy river-crossings, grassy plains and forests. This walk really has it all - simply magnificent! While hiking the 55 km (34 mile) trek, you will experience four days worth of geothermal pools, rivers, lava fields, glaciers, canyons, and mountains; so many beautiful, colorful mountains. It is no wonder the Laugavegur is one of the most popular hikes in Iceland and attracts hikers from all over the globe. Since Iceland’s summers are short, this hike can only be done between June and September. Expect nights to consist of freezing temperatures and the days to max out at about 15 degrees C (60 F). Also, weather can be unpredictable in the mountains so be prepared for severe wind, snow, sleet, and rain. Most people start in Landmannalaugar and hike south towards Þórsmörk because of the overall decrease in elevation. To get to Landmannalaugar, there are several bus companies that leave right out of Reykjavik, and the ride is only a few hours. Once in Landmannalaugar the trailhead is easy to find, or pitch your tent and do some of the day hikes in the area. Camping is only allowed in designated areas around the huts that are located along the trail. If you want to sleep in the huts, you should make reservations up to one year in advance as they fill up quickly and are quite expensive. However, if you don’t mind carrying all your supplies, there is unlimited space for tents at each camp area. Each hut has running water so there is no need to filter your water if you plan to carry enough for the entire day. Most people do this hike in 3 nights and 4 days. There is an additional 1 to 2 days you can add on if you choose to hike from Þórsmörk to Skógar. Regardless if you continue to Skógar, there is a bus at either location to bring you back to Reykjavik. Day One: Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker 12 km (7.45 miles) Elevation increase: 470 m (1,541 ft) Start day one in Landmannalaugar N63°59.600 – W19°03.660. After you get off the bus you should easily be able to find the trailhead. Most of this day is uphill as you climb to Hrafntinnusker. Along the way you will come across several geothermal hot springs. There will be views of surrounding mountains and you may experience snow cover as you gain elevation. Just before reaching Hrafntinnusker, you will come across a memorial for an Israeli hiker who died of hypothermia. After you reach Hrafntinnusker, there are several short day hikes you can take if time allows. N63°55.840 – W19°09.700. Day Two: Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn 12 km (7.45 miles) Elevation decrease: 490 m (1,607 ft) Day two starts by walking across a ravine until you reach an area with a short climb. Here you will see a spectacular panoramic view of colorful mountains. This is the highest elevation for the hike. Next you will walk along a ridge until you reach another panoramic view of a green valley. The trail now descends quickly into this valley towards a lake where Álftavatn Hut lies. This section is very steep with a lot of switchbacks. Once down in the valley, the trail flattens as you walk the final stretch to Álftavatn N63°51.470 – W19°13.640. Day Three: Álftavatn – Emstrur (Botnar) 15 km (9.3 miles) Elevation decrease: 40 m (131 ft) Day three does not have as much elevation change, but that does not mean a lack in scenery. From the hut, you wade through a small river and continue hiking through the valley. After about 5 km (3 miles) you come across Hvanngil Hut where you can stay a night if you choose. After passing Hvanngil, you cross a bridge and come to a point in the trail where it splits. Follow the signs for F261 (Not F210) towards Emstrur. After this, there is a large river that needs to be waded across. Use caution as the water can be deep and fast moving. Use hiking poles if available. Always unclip your waist and chest strap on you backpack in case you fall into the current and need to abandon your pack. Then the trail leads through several lava fields where you will walk across black sand and lava rocks. Keep following the trail along a road until it splits and follow the signs towards the Emstrur Hut. Once you arrive, you will see much more vegetation. N63°45.980 – W19°22.480. Day Four: Emstrur (Botnar) – Þórsmörk 15 km (9.3 miles) Elevation decrease: 300 m (984 ft) For the final day, you start by walking towards a canyon with a fast moving river. There is a steep descent down to a bridge where you can cross the river. The trail follows this river along the edge of the canyon where you will get views of the river below and surrounding mountains. Towards the end of the day there is another river that needs to be crossed. The last short section of the trail continues through a small forest towards the huts in Þórsmörk.

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Rebecca Dahl
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Beautiful! Best one yet. Did it in sneakers in 2 1/2 days. The sneakers were not a great choice for the rocky roads, snow and rivers hahah

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Karolina Cholewa
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CampingGreat!

(I did this hike in August of 2018) The best backpacking trip I ever had so far. Unreal views. Awesome to hike through all types of terrain...mountains, snow, forest, desert. Absolutely loved it. Please do this hike

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Queenie Leung
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HikingGreat!

Did this trail back in July 2014 starting from Landmannalauger and ending in Skogar (coming down the stairs at Skogafoss). We hiked it over a course of 6 days spending nights in the mountain huts. There’s the option to depart from Thorsmork but I’d recommend continuing through to Skogar. Could have also done it in a shorter amount of time given how long summer days last in Iceland (still bright at 9pm at night). Absolutely loved it - you get a taste of several Iceland landscapes - the gorgeous hills, the volcanic desert, the glaciers, hiking the cats spine ridge on the way to Skogar, and following the 20+ waterfalls that all feed into the final Skogafoss. A wonderful and unforgettable experience!

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Erik Y
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Menno Lammerts-van-Bueren
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HikingGreat!

Very beautiful and diverse hike. Technically easy and easy distances per day.

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Taylor McLeod
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HikingIcyRockySnow

Did this trek in July of 2019. Absolutely the most beautiful hike I have ever completed! Amazing hike with a variety of beautiful landscapes! Do your research and be prepared for rain, snow, sun and alot of wind. Have a good waterproof tent and outer layers, as well as river crossing shoes. Trail is very well marked. Took us 4 days to complete.

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Jason Baer
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Recommend for sure! Variety of Landscapes

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Michelle Wielgosz
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Backpacking

I did his trail in 2016 and it really is incredible. The terrain is constantly changing and the scenery is unlike anything I've ever seen. There are definitely challenging spots, but as a whole I thought it was a very doable and very well marked as well. The second part Fimmvörðuháls was the more challenging part, but you will not be disappointed. We lucked out with the weather and only got trapped in rain a couple times. Definitely make sure you have a good rain jacket, good layers, and they are not lying when they say river crossing shoes!

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Ellen Smith
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Hiking

Awesome, otherworldly trail. We broke this into four nights and camped in tents. Biggest advice, as will become obvious if you’re planning a trip, would be preparing for unpleasant conditions. Though we hiked in late August, it snowed at the top of the mountain pass and temperatures dropped well below freezing. Warm sleeping bags and clothing are an absolute must. The wind was fierce most of the way, too, often reaching 40 mph, and there is no real coverage from the gusts—especially if you’re camping. Brush up on how to pitch tents in wind gusts before you head out! Other thing I’d recommend is bypassing the campsite at Alftavatn and continuing on to Hvanngil. It was a beautiful site and my favorite stop along the way. Most people continue past it, it seemed. Most sites allowed hikers to hang out in sheltered seating areas to escape the elements. This was perfect for warming up, preparing food, and playing card games. Trails were busy and it is good to get moving early to claim a spot if you’re camping!

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Wout Spoorenberg
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HikingMuddyRockySnow

This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful hike I have ever done. The most scenic views throughout the entire hike. Did the trail 3-5 sept with 2 nights in huts. Day 1: 12k, day 2: 28k, day 3: 15k. The trail is well marked and overall of moderate difficulty. If you use this app to check if you are still going the right way you will be fine (also works in flight mode). Weather conditions can change quickly, so come prepared. Water shoes or sandals are a must since you have to cross about 4 rivers, varying from ankle to knee deep. Good luck!

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Golden Bear
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HikingMuddyRocky

Wow. So worth it. Make new friends. Recommend staying in the huts.

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Stacey Fong
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HikingNo shadeOff trailRockyScrambleSnow

If you want a lot of terrain changes and the most beautiful views one could behold this is the trail for you

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Emmanuel Lanot
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Des paysages somptueux et grandioses, d’une incroyable variété. J’ai fait ce trek deux fois sur la période de fin août début septembre à deux années d’écart. Majoritairement du beau temps à chaque fois et... des aurores boréales pour fêter notre arrivée à thorsmok! Un sentier initiatique et inoubliable. Petit bémol sur la fréquentation du sentier qui est exponentielle d’année en année et qui gâche le sentiment de solitude et d’éloignement des premiers temps.

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Rhonda McMahon
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The weather Gods shined down on my group this week. Four days on the trail and not a drop of rain. Spectacular blue skies against the landscape of the trail and 360 views that my camera could not capture. Toughest challenge in my hiking experience but the most rewarding. Thank you Iceland.

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Cam Ouellette
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Mathew Burnett
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Hiking

Amazing trail. World class and lots of fun. Bring your rain gear.

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Michael Clay
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HikingBugsRockySnow

Beautiful...but definitely not for beginners. I would definitely do it again. Make sure to have lots of dry sacks because you will get wet, even with the best rain equipment.

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Kevin Young
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Hiking

This trail will humble you. Amazing views. Weather from one extreme to the next. And as they say in Iceland, if you don't like the weather, wait a minute.

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Meg R.
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Hiking

Amazing multi day hike in a unique landscape!

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