Colourful Atlantic Rift - Laugavegur Trail Hike


Colourful Atlantic Rift - Laugavegur Trail Hike


Landmannalaugar > Thorsmork hiking trail in 5 days

The most colourful place you can find on the Atlantic Rift. - It isn't just colours but also huge variations in forms in the landscape. You will witness how the forces of nature are continuously working in this spectacular scenery, also while we trek through.

4 or 5 days hike for the true nature lovers.

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Dates:   Because of big pressure and overcrowded area in July we place our tour in late August.

Booking by e-mail

Group size: 10 - 20


  • Two English and Scandinavian speaking Icelandic guides
  • Accommodation in mountain huts and full catering with a participatory system (breakfast, a packet of sandwiches and dinner) throughout the hike from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork. - You bring your own sleeping bag.
  • Luggage transport between the huts.
  • Bus transport back and forth: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar / Thorsmork - Reykjavik

Optional additions:

  • A single timed group transfer from Keflavik Airport, with a stop at BLUE LAGOON on the way to Reykjavik on Day 1 and a single timed group transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport on Day 8 (€… each, per person)
  • Guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik or Mosfellsbær for 1 or 2 nights on a bed and breakfast basis (€… pr. night).
  • Hostel accommodation based on self-catering. ( € ?)
  • Single room extra charge ( € ?)

Not Included:

  • Airport transfers (other than the designated group transfers on Day 1 and Day 7 or 8)
  • Fee for shower at the mountain huts.
  • Meals other than breakfast, when provided by the guesthouses in Reykjavik.


Day 0+ Your travel day to Iceland and Reykjavik. - If you arrive at Keflavik Airport as a group and do so before 5 pm., we can pick you up at the airport and you will have time for a short visit to the BLUE LAGOON on the way to Reykjavik.  - Accommodation in Reykjavik varies in standard (select for your choice) but the price given is based on bed and breakfast accommodation.

Day 1 (9-10 hours) Participants will be picked up at 8-9 am at hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and we will ensure everyone has sufficient travel gear. The drive to Landmannalaugar can take up to four hours, through historical places and Iceland's most vigorous agricultural district, but we will stop for lunch before we leave the inhabited area. We will hopefully have sufficient  temptation in the group to throw off their clothes and time for a relaxing bath in the hot river before we set off from Landmannalaugar to the hut at Hrafntinnusker which is the second half (12 km) of the day's lap. The vertical rise is nearly 500 m but the trail is never very steep. We will pass over some snowdrifts but in the combination with the very hot areas, boiling hot springs, the extremes and wilderness appears.

Day 2 (12 km)  At Hrafntinnusker we take a good rest before we take the second half to Álftavatn, same distance in km and meters in vertical descent as the day before. When we have crossed over a system of small multi-coloured canyons we will be pleased with a new shift in the landscape. We get a panorama view over a flatland where we can gleam Álftavatn (the Swan Lake), a nice place waiting for us where we will stay until next day. We have to wade the first river (rather small) before we get to the hut.

Day 3 (16 km) The most dominant colours during this day will be black, grey, green, white and blue. There will also be numerous figures and sculptures approaching us from the hills and mountains. The trail lays mainly through the flatland, over black sand dunes which are in a big contrast to the mountains which are either vegetated almost to the top and the bigger ones with an icecap on their tops. We cross some rivers and we have to wade across two of them. When we get closer to the Emstur hut we see the magnificent volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull in front of us and we will have the grand canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur on the right. It is an excellent short hike after dinner from the cabin at Emstur to come closer to that canyon. 

Day 4 (15 km) From Emstur to Thorsmork we have a new and different chapter in our colourful story. We trek from the more dark colours to the green birch woodland and vegetated smooth sheltered dales. Before we get to the forest in Thorsmork we wade a glacier river; Thronga. We approach that river with respect even though most of the time there is no danger. The last part of the trail to the cabin in Thorsmork gives a nice and new feeling. It gives you some kind of fulfilment after leaving the barren highlands which has though been so inspiring and attractive.

Day 5 (5-20 km) There are at least two main alternatives for the day. There are numerous nice shorter trails in Thorsmork which lead to interesting formations in the cliffs, for instance at  the elf-church, or along the river to Slippugil. - An option for those who have lot of energy left is the hike to the newest volcanoes in Iceland: MAGNI  and MODI, the ones that triggered Eyjafjallajolkull. They are still warm. We walk back and forth and the trail goes through fascinating landscape with elevation of approx. 1000 meters. In this area we have the sense of being on a border of many different worlds: Fire and ice, the subterranean and sublime, the creative and destructive, the mythology and reality, at the pass between the sea-shore in the south and the mountains and wilderness in the north. - You can drop the 5th day in Thorsmork and then you have to take the scheduled bus direct to Reykjavik on your own cost.

Day 6 We drive back from Thorsmork to Reykjavik by bus with stops at Gullfoswaterfall , GeysirThingvellir

Back in town at 6:00 pm.

Day 7 - Optional but recommended:

One or two nights in Reykjavik and enjoy the Pure Energy of Reykjavik

Day 8 or - Optional: