Laugavegur Highland Walking Trail (Group)

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  • Walking through volcanic deserts of ash and bubbling mud pools
  • Exploring the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik
  • Taking a dip in a steaming geothermally heated natural pool at Landmannalaugar
  • Picking your way across a frigid (yet exhilarating!) glacial stream
  • Hearing fascinating personal insights from an expert Icelandic guide
Follow in the footsteps of enthusiastic walker and TV presenter Julia Bradbury, as seen on the BBC’s ‘Julia Bradbury’s Icelandic Walk’. On the Laugavegur Trail you will encounter volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mud pools, waterfalls, mountain lakes, canyons and wooded valleys. Explore the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik, a small yet lively city with a welcoming café culture. Set off on the trail from the highland region of Landmannalaugar with its colourful rhyolite peaks and pass by deep gorges and yellow mountain ridges before you arrive at the first of four remote mountain huts. You will be walking in a small group of between 6 and 16 people and will be accompanied by a fully qualified expert local guide. Your guide will really help to bring the area to life through their expert knowledge on this fascinating country and its amazing geology!
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What To Expect

If you love wild open spaces and are eager to see nature at its most raw and powerful, you’ll want to tick this challenging but unique trail off your list! In a small group of between 6 and 16 people, walk in the company of an expert guide who will share the secrets of this special landscape and bring the highlights of the trail to life. Enjoy the camaraderie of staying in mountain huts with luggage transfers each day. This week-long tour is a fulfilling and unique arctic experience.

Tour Style:

Small Group Guided | Benefit from an expert leader and join a group of like-minded adventurers.

Activity:

Hut to Hut Hiking | A point to point walking trip, staying in a new location each night, usually with remote mountain huts or refuges included

This trip is suitable for:

Solo Travelers, Groups > 10, Avid Adventurers

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Alpine & Mountains

Inspiration:

  • Classic

Activity Level & Terrain

This trip is graded moderate to strenuous and daily walks are between 4-7 hours in length (up to 15km per day). The trail is tough underfoot in places with changing terrain. This tour is suitable for experienced walkers looking for a challenge.

Navigation

You will be accompanied by an English-speaking expert walking guide whilst on the trail during this small group trip. They will help bring the incredible scenery to life with personal observations and information that you would only find out from a local!

Accommodations

Your trip includes 3 nights at a 3* Hotel in Reykjavik with private facilities (one night before and two nights after your walking tour), 4 nights in simple mountain huts. All huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. Mountain huts in Iceland are very different to Alpine huts, which many people are more familiar with. Eating and sleeping is often done in the same room, with the bunks around the edge of the room and a big table in the middle. Showers are available (at additional cost—payable locally in cash only) at the huts at Alftavatn, Emstrur and Thorsmork. Bunk rooms are mixed sex and have single and twin beds; participants should be prepared to share with other travellers. Sleeping bags may be rented at additional cost (please contact us to pre-arrange). As the huts are heated, a standard sleeping bag is sufficient. Please note that due to the busy summer period, it may be necessary to provide you with alternative accommodation in Reykjavik to that listed.

Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and is ideal for those travelling on their own who are looking to join a small group walking holiday. A single supplement is payable for the single occupancy of accommodation in Reykjavik only, and single rooms are not available whilst on the trail due to the configuration and nature of the mountain huts.

Meals

Your accommodation is on a bed and breakfast basis whilst in Reykjavik.  Your time on the trail itself is on a full board basis, and includes lunch from Day 2 to lunch on Day 6. Food is simple yet filling and although not compulsory, your guide will always welcome a helping hand with the cooking and cleaning up from any willing members of the group!  Cooking equipment is provided at each hut and food is transported between huts together with main luggage. 

Dietary Requirements

An additional charge is payable for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan meals due to the nature of the tour. Please contact for us for more information.

Included
  • 3 Nights at a 3* Hotel in Reykjavik
  • 4 Nights in mountain huts
  • 7 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Bag transfers of one bag of up to 20kg per person between mountain huts
  • Map of Iceland
  • Detailed pre-departure information pack
  • 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Services of an expert English-speaking Icelandic walking guide whilst on the trail
Excluded
  • Flights and transfers to / from Reykjavik
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, extra transfers, tips, etc
Extras
  • Sleeping bag hire
  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Any optional excursions

When To Go

The Laugavegur Trail has set departure dates for small group trips of between 6 and 16 people. Departures operate during Iceland's summer months, from June to September.

If we are unable to accommodate your on your confirmed dates/tour or an alternative of your choice your deposit is fully refunded.

Solo Walkers

This trip is available to solo walkers and is ideal for those travelling on their own who are looking to join a small group walking holiday. A single supplement is payable for the single occupancy of accommodation in Reykjavik only, and single rooms are not available whilst on the trail due to the configuration and nature of the mountain huts.

Getting to the Start

Fly into Keflavik International Airport, which is served by numerous airlines from UK, European and International destinations. Keflavik is just a 3 hour flight from the UK and just a 5 hour flight from Boston, with Icelandair offering many direct flights from various US airports. From Keflavik Airport there are regular and reliable transfer services into Reykjavik itself (and vice-versa). Transfers which allow you stop off for a bathe in the geothermal Blue Lagoon (which is just 15 mins from the airport) are very popular and may also be pre-booked. Reykjavik Excursions/FlyBus and Airport Express/Iceland Excursions offer transfer services. Keflavik is approx. 90 mins (standard transfer) from Reykjavik.

Getting from the End

Your tour finishes in Reykjavik. From here, take a bus to Keflavik airport for your return flight. More information about the buses can be found here: https://www.re.is/tour/flybus/

Luggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred between mountain huts as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

General Information

The distances and ascent/descets are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, (for example, proper rain gear jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking/cycling gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes or the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Equipment

Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, lightweight clothes, waterproofs and a day pack.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Reykjavik Day 2 Bus to Landmannalaugar, walk to Hrafntinnusker 8 miles / 12 km Day 3 Walk to Alftavatn 8 miles / 12 km Day 4 Walk to Emstrur 10 miles / 15 km Day 5 Optional walks at Thorsmork, transfer to Reykjavik 10 miles / 15 km Day 6 Optional walks at Thorsmork, transfer to Reykjavik Day 7 Free day in Reykjavik Day 8 Onward Travel

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