Landmannalaugar Trek

Landmannalaugar Trek

Discover Iceland’s most famous adventure - the truly exceptional Laugavegur Trail. Journey from an active geothermal world of lava fields, Rhyolite mountains and snow-covered passes. Cross through a black sand desert and reach a new world of lush enchanting Icelandic forests. Leave behind the stresses of modern day life and connect to the dramatic Icelandic nature. Join a small group of like-minded travelers under the guidance of an expert leader and discover the hidden gems of this truly wild area, including rare flora and fauna, typical Icelandic food and hot springs. This back to basics camping trek follows a rhythm designed to maximize your connection to and enjoyment of this unique environment.

Itinerary

  • Day 1 Reykjavik

    Reykjavik Welcome to Iceland! We will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the capital city. Enjoy an evening to explore Reykjavik at leisure - why not join a walking tour of the capital city? Or perhaps you’d like to visit a museum or eat at a local restaurant? We have lots of recommendations for your first evening in Iceland.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse or youth hostel
    Transport: Bus, 35 miles

  • Day 2 Landmannalaugar

    Landmannalaugar This morning we head to the multi-coloured massif of Landmannalaugar in the heart of the beautiful Fjallabak Nature Reserve. We will take the famous Dómadalur route and stop to marvel at Hekla, one of Icelands most activie volcanoes. After we have set up camp, depending on the conditions and our motivations, we can walk to Ljótipollur or climb Bláhnúkur. Ljótipollur means 'ugly puddle' but contrary to its name it is this stunning crator lake famous for its bright colours and visable lava layers. Bláhnúkur translates as 'blue peak' and is an impressive volcano with views of five glaciers in good conditions. This evening we can dip our feet and relax or swim and splash about in Landmannalaugars warm river before bed.

    3 hours of walking (+340m/-340m if we climb Bláhnúkur)
    Accommodation: Camping
    Transport: Local bus, 120 miles

  • Day 3 Climbing Brennisteinsalda

    Climbing Brennisteinsalda Today is our first full day exploring the extraordinary Landmannalaugar area. A world of active geothermals, lava fields and Rhyolite Mountains... Get ready for a day of stunning views as we hike along Sudurnamur ridge and summit Brennisteinsalda, the most colourful volcano in Iceland. On our descent we will explore the vast lava fields of Laugahraun and the beautiful Graenagil gorge. We can end the day by swimming or relaxing in a warm river near to our accommodation.

    4-6 hours of walking, +550m/-550m
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 4 The Laugavegur Trail

    The Laugavegur Trail Today we start our trek - our journey through the beautiful Rhyolite Mountains in one of the most active geothermal areas on the planet begins. We will explore the glacier topped volcano of Hrafntinnusker and find ourselves in the heart of its vast collapsed caldera. Todays' hike ventures through a series of small hidden valleys at the foot of the Tindfjöll Glacier. Tonight we camp near the stunning Lake Alftavatn.

    7-8 hours of walking, 15 miles, +750m/-600m
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 5 Crossing Emstrur Desert

    Crossing Emstrur Desert Today we cross Emstrur Desert, a vast landscape of black sand which is periodically inturupted by impressive bright green conical mountains. These lonely imposing mountains jump out of their monochrone surroundings creating truly unique views. We will explore the impressive Hattafell cone before arriving at our campsite.

    5 hours of walking, 10 miles, -50m
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 6 Into Þórsmörk valley

    Into Þórsmörk valley Þórsmörk, or Thorsmörk to use the English spelling, is known as the 'the woods of Thor' named after the god of thunder it is a lush area vastly different from yesterdays desert landscapes. As we descend into Þórsmörk valley, little by little the harsh landscape around us softens into an Alpine circus of lush green slopes and gullies...

    5 hours of walking, 10 miles, -300m
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Day 7 Þórsmörk valley - Reykjavik

    Þórsmörk valley - Reykjavik Today we can enjoy a final day of hiking in the enchanting forested area of the dramatic Þórsmörk valley. Then we head back to Reykjavik for a final evening at leisure, we have lots of recommendations for your last night in Iceland. Why not enjoy some local food in an authentic Icelandic restaurant? Or perhaps you want to visit some of Reykjaviks famous landmarks or museums?

    3-5 hours of walking
    Transport: Local bus, 100 miles

  • Day 8 Farewell Iceland

    Farewell Iceland Breakfast and airport transfers included. Free time in function with your flights.

The details in this indicative programme are updated regularly but imponderables and unpredictable circumstances may result in inaccuracies. In order to provide the adventure which is best suited to your demands, the weather and the operational conditions, changes to the programme may be made. For safety reasons, we reserve the rights to interrupt your participation in this programme at any time if your technical level or fitness are deemed unsuitable or if you are seen as a danger to yourself or to those around you. This will in no case give rise to refunds or compensation.

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Dates & prices

Departures for English-speaking groups:

No departure for now

Trip code: EISLT2VA

Included

  • All in country transfers, as detailed in itinerary
  • Accommodation - camping plus, 2 nights in a guesthouse/hostel in Reykjavik
  • Full board (except 2 evening meals in Reykjavik)
  • Full supervision by an English speaking Altaï guide
  • Luggage transfer between campsites

Not included

  • International flights
  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
  • 2 evening meals in Reykjavik
  • Tips and personal expenses

Additional Options
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
  • Icelandic meal in traditional restaurant: From  €20

Museums in Reykjavik
There are lots of museums in Reykjavik, our personal favourites are:
  • The National Museum of Iceland: €16 (free for under 18s)
  • Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre: from €10
  • Reykjavik City Museum and Settlement Exhibition: from €15 (free for under 17s)
Please let us know if you would like to plan museum visits to these museums or any others in Reykjavik ahead of time. Reservation in advance is not necessary.

Notes

Difficulty 3/5 Moderate

Daily walking time: 5 to 6 hours 
Daily elevation: 500 to 800 m 
Preparation: You practice endurance sporting activity at least once a week. 
Experience: You walk regularly and you are in good physical condition. You enjoy walking and being active for several days in a row. You are ok with an average of 5 to 6 hours of activity per day (15 to 20 km) with vertical differences of up to 800 metres. You enjoy nights in camping in the heart of nature.

Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.

Terms and conditions

Please see our terms and conditions and information for insurances by clicking the following link: iceland.altaibasecamp.com/en/terms

Practical info

Staff

You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Icelandic team know the country inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides who are all English speaking, all practicing outdoor practitioners and all passionate about the country they live in, Iceland.

Food

This trip includes full board - we are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide on our camping trips. Meals are based on a selection of local products and you will have the opportunity to try Icelandic delicacies such as skyr, smoked salmon and leg of lamb...

Each day will start with a hearty breakfast accompanied by plenty of tea and coffee. Between us, we will prepare and carry a picnic lunch for the day including an array of options - everyday there will definitely be salad, sandwiches, fruit and cakes among the other options. Each three course evening meal includes meat, fish and vegetables - we offer fresh fruit and vegetables everyday.

Your help in the kitchen is expected and much appreciated, particularly in the evenings. We like when the whole group work as a team to cook dinner, it creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect on the days adventures together.

Alcohol is very expensive in Iceland and you can only buy beer which is stronger than 2.25% alcohol in state run liquor stores. If you want to enjoy an evening drink after your days adventures, we recommend buying Duty Free alcohol in the airport. The tap water in Iceland is of very high quality and it is delicious.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Accommodation

First and last nights in Reykjavik in guesthouse / hostel accommodation close to the city centre, shared dormitories, bathroom and kitchen facilities.

The remaining nights will be spent camping in different rustic campsites. Our carefully selected, fabulous locations put us in the heart of Icelands wild landscapes. We will provide you with state of the art 3 man tents, 1 per 2 people for maximum space and comfort plus a spacious mess tent for communal moments and mealtimes. Hot showers are normally available for a small fee. Electricity is not always available and you will be charged a small fee.

Transportation

We will use Icelands local bus services for all transfers in this trip. Local buses are generally punctual and comfortable; they are designed for Icelands rough terrain, in more rural areas it is not uncommon for local buses to cross rivers and follow roads which are more like tracks.

Budget & exchange

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona (ISK). Please budget for:
  • Meals in Reykjavik (2500-5600ISK)
  • Showers and electricity use in campsites (around 500-600ISK per shower)
  • Drinks, tips & personal expenses

Tips

Although the custom is not widespread in Iceland, if you are satisfied with the services of your guide tipping is always appreciated - it is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Supplied equipment

  • 3 man dome tents (1 per 2 people for maximum space and comfort)
  • A self-inflating sleeping mat
  • A mess tent with table, stools and cooking equipment

Vital equipment

  • A warm sleeping bag (comfort 0°C)
  • Walking boots (sturdy - ankle support necessary)
  • Waterproof jacket (with a hood)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • A warm jumper or two
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Thermals - top & long johns
  • A swimsuit
  • Warm gloves and hat (even in the summer - evenings can be chilly)
  • Sunhat and sun cream
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • Any personal medication
  • Towel & toiletries
  • A water bottle
  • A small rucksack to use as a day bag with waterproof protection
  • Warm pyjamas
  • Head torch & spare batteries (although it is nearly always light in the summer months)

Material

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool. The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Our advice for keeping warm:
Winter in Iceland can be very cold, please think carefully about what clothes you bring, although we will provide warm outer layers, the layers you wear next to your skin make the biggest difference.
We recommend: No cottonBring dry spares of everything, even underwear and gloves
Wear multiple layers including:
  1. warm breathable base layer
  2. second thermal layer
  3. Wind and waterproof protective out layer

Helpful equipment

You may also consider packing
  • Your camera
  • Binoculars
  • A notepad and pencil
  • A thermos flask
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • A comfortable evening outfit
  • Walking poles
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Insect repellant

Luggage

Please bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the aeroplane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag. You will also need a larger bag to store your other clothes and belongings in, please ensure that this is a soft bag like a rucksack or holdall rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical to transport. We recommend packing all of your clothes in plastic bags so that they stay dry in the event of wet weather.

Medicine

Your companion has a first-aid kit during the tour. However, we recommend that you bring your medications:
  • Personal medication
  • Anti pain medication Paracetamol
  • Diarrhoea drugs
  • Intestinal dressing
  • Sun screen with strong protection for the lips and the skin
  • Eye drops for the eyes
  • Moisturizing cream for the treatment of superficial burns (blisters and sunburns)
  • An adhesive elastic band
  • a box of adhesive plasters and disinfectant compresses
  • Double skin for blisters

Passport

Most travellers require a passport that is valid for at least three months after the return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific passport requirements and please be aware that proof of onwards travel may be required. You can check your requierements by clicking the following link provided by the Icelandic government: www.utl.is/index.php/en/

Visa

EU citizen do not need a visa as Iceland is part of the Schengen cooperation.
Travellers of other nationalities please check the following link of the Icleandic government to check: www.utl.is/index.php/en/visas

Mandatory vaccines

There are no specific health risks

Weather

Contrary to the name 'Ice-land' the weather in Iceland is relatively mild considering its location. In summer the average temperature is 10-13°C (50-55 °F) but warm summer days can reach 20-25°C

From June to September it is nearly always light with the return of night and the first Northern Lights appearances towards the end of August.

Electricity

Iceland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.

Please be aware that some of our more remote campsites and refuges charge for electricity use.

Local time

Iceland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) like the United Kingdom but does not observe daylight-saving time in the summer

Topography

Area: 39,768.5 m²
Population: 334,252 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Reykjavik
Languages: Icelandic (English is widely spoken)
Regime: Parliamentary Republic

Iceland is 20 million years old and is a volcanic island with around one eruption every 5 years. 11% of the island is covered with ice, 1% of the land is cultivated, 20% is grassland, 2% is lake, 40% is sand and the rest is desert.

Sustainable tourism

 As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously. We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...

1.    Be prepared
2.    Stick to trails and camp overnight right
3.    Stash your trash and pick up waste
4.    Leave it as you find it
5.    Be careful with fire
6.    Respect wildlife
7.    Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. 

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.


If you have any questions regarding how to be a responsible traveller or concerning any other subject, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Region
Reykjavík & Reykjanes South Iceland The Highlands
Activity
Hiking Off-season Summer
Duration
8 days
Group
1 to 12 people
Code
EISLT2VA
Price
From €2,150
Level
3/5
Comfort
1/5
Language(s)
English

Strengths

  • Uncover Icelands hidden gems including rare flora and fauna
  • Complete the famous Laugavegur Trail
  • Discover Landmannalaugar, Alftavatn Lake, Emstrur desert & Thorsmörk valley...
  • Quality equipment and expert leadership
  • A rhythm designed to maximize your connection to and enjoyment of this unique environment

Required level

This trip is accessible to anyone in fair health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. We will walk around 4-6 hours a day, our hikes are not technically difficult but may include step sections, un-even terrain and steps on and off vehicles. This trip involves camping and please note that your help with tasks such as cooking is much appreciated and expected - we want you to be a part of our team; not just a sheep!
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