Iceland Highlands Trekking – Laugavegur Hike – July 17 – 24, 2022 – July

Join us for a one of a kind trip exploring a part of Iceland not many visitors get to experience!

Enjoy 6 days adventuring through the picturesque Icelandic highlands on a hiking trip you’ll never forget. Named one of the most beautiful hikes in the world by National Geographic, the Laugavegur trail is a 34-mile trek with looming glaciers, hidden waterfalls, majestic canyons, inviting thermal springs, and black sand deserts dotted with huge shards of obsidian. You'll sleep under the midnight sun as you trek from hut to hut on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure! 

DAY 1 - ARRIVE IN REYKJAVÍK

Welcome to Iceland, the land of fire and ice! Meet at the Keflavik airport (KEF), the main airport in Iceland, at 10 a.m. Your trip leader, Lindsey, will be there to meet you. Together we will head to Reykjavik and check into our hotel for the evening.

The rest of today is yours to explore the world's northernmost capital city, Reykajvik. Admire the city's colorful and unique architecture, indulge in traditional cuisine, visit a one-of-a-kind museum, head out for a whale watching tour, shop till you drop or find your own way to explore today. 

Dinner tonight will be your choice. From fine dining to hot dogs to local breweries, there are plenty of delicious options to choose from within walking distance of your hotel. After enjoying a delicious dinner, head back to the hotel to get some rest for our big adventure!

Day 2 REYKJAVÍK - LANDMANNALAUGAR

Wake up early and enjoy breakfast before meeting your trekking guide for the week. We will take the public bus from the BSI bus terminal at 7:00 a.m. During the summer months this route drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area.

Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we will get settled into our hut and have some lunch. After a nutritious meal, it's time to head out for a lovely "warm-up“ hike in the area. Landmannalaugar is a magnificent geothermal wonderland, whose colorful rhyolite mountains have become famous across the world. In the evening, we will enjoy dinner together and later there will be some free time to relax in the natural hot spring or join the wardens at a fun game at KUBB by the Mountain Mall which btw sells beer and wine.

Distance: 5-6 km (3,7 mi)
Walking time: 3 - hours                       

Day 3 - EXPLORE LANDMANNALAUGAR

Today we will visit Ljótipollur. This stunning lake was created by a volcanic explosion in 1477 that formed a crater with a diameter of 1500 meters, which then filled with water. It’s name, Ljótipollur, translates to “ugly puddle,” but its anything but that! The views here are worth the hike and if you are up for it, you can circle the crater rim and admire the scenic vistas of the nearby Tungnaá River and the famous rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar.

In the evening, we will enjoy dinner together and later there will be some free time to relax in the natural hot spring or join the wardens at a fun game at KUBB by the Mountain Mall which btw sells beer and wine.

Distance: 13 km (8 mi)
Walking time: 4-5 hours

Day 4 - LANDMANNALAUGAR - ÁLFTAVATN

Day four begins with breakfast at the hut before we journey towards Hrafntinnusker, an obsidian desert that grants an otherworldly sight. Then follow the beautiful Reykjafjoll Mountains, famed for their snowy peaks and majestic views of the surrounding area.

From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.

Distance: 20 km (12,4 mi)                                
Walking time: 7 - 8 hrs                       
Altitude value: 900 m (2950´)

DAY 5 - ÁLFTAVATN - EMSTRUR

Today wake up and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hut before we head out to explore. Today we pass at the foot of the green iconic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer.

Before arriving at the Botnar hut (Emstrur) where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.

Distance: 16 km (10 mi)                                
Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs                       
Descent: 40 m (130 ft)

Day 6 - EMSTRUR - ÞÓRSMÖRK

After getting your morning started with a breakfast and cup of coffee, we head out to experience more of this amazing place! Today we continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. As our hike is coming to an end for the day, we descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers.

Our accommodation will be in a simply magnificent location to spend a night, beneath the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. You can now celebrate your completion of the world famous Laugavegur Trail!

Distance: 17 km (10.5 mi)                                
Walking time: 6 - 7 hrs                
Descent: 300 m (985 ft)

Day 7 - ÞÓRSMÖRK - REYKJAVÍK

Wake up and enjoy breakfast. Our last morning will be spent exploring Þórsmörk visiting the Sönghellir cave (Song cave) and climbing up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed. After a morning of adventure, we will take the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal where the trip ends at 19:20.

After arriving in Reykjavik, we will head back to our hotel for one last evening together. As a group we will decide where we want to spend our final 

DAY 8 - Good-bye Iceland!

Sadly today is time to return to the airport. After enjoying your morning breakfast, head out for any last minute gifts or walk the beautiful and colorful streets of Reykajvik. We plan to be at the airport by 1 pm in order for you to catch an afternoon flight.
Inclusions:
- An experienced, local female hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
- Accommodations; five nights in cozy mountain huts and two nights double or triple occupancy in 3-star hotel in downtown Reykjavik. 
- Meals included 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners (not included 2 lunches and 2 dinners)
- Transportation to and from the airport (KEF) to Reykjavik hotel
- Transportation to and from the trailhead 
- Free time to explore Reykjavik museums, restaurants and gift shops
- Luggage transport from hut to hut during trek in Super Jeep
- Guided hikes to hidden waterfalls, glacier fed lakes, hot spring soaks and EPIC views!
- Travel checklists and packing list
- Small group; maximum of 14 women plus your 2 trip hosts and guide.

Exclusions:
- International Flights to/from Iceland
- Airport transfers outside of designated times noted above
- Alcohol, speciality beverages and meals as noted (2 lunches and 2 dinners)
- Any other additional excursions and activities not included above
- Visas and entry requirements (Pre-Registration Form)
- Traveler's Insurance (required)
- Guide Tips
- Medical expenses, immunizations, and Covid-19 required testing

Meals: 
All meals will be provided as noted above. Please reach out to the trip host after booking if you have any food allergies/sensitivities. We will do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions but cannot make any guarantees.

Trip Confirmation: 
This trip requires a minimum number of ladies to register in order for it to be confirmed. Once the trip reaches the minimum participant number, you will receive a trip confirmation email and a link to be added a private Facebook group just for trip guests. In this group further trip details will be provided. Please let us know if you do not have or use Facebook (see contact information below).

Cost: 
$2,995 per person. Double occupancy in the hotel which includes a shared room with your own bed and shared accommodations in mountain huts during the trek.

Cancellation Policy: Please see our Terms of Service.

Covid-19 Travel Policy:
As of November 15th, 2021 all trip participants must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 before traveling with Women Who Explore on any trip. When traveling from international destinations, the United States currently requires that all travelers returning to the country from abroad show proof of a negative PCR or rapid Covid-19 test taken within 3 days of their return flight. For all trips outside of the United States, your trip host will help you get a Covid-19 test before your flight home. The cost of this test is not included in the trip price and will need to be paid by trip participants. Any additional related expenses including but not limited to testing, vaccinations, treatment, quarantines, and travel costs incurred as a result of a positive Covid-19 will be the responsibility of the trip participant. More information on this requirement can be found here. Participants are responsible for knowing up-to-date re-entry requirements. If returning to any other destination outside of the United States, the trip participant is responsible for being informed of that country's re-entry requirements.

Questions? Please reach out to Lindsey Egan at lindseyegan@womenwhoexplore.com

*Images may not reflect the exact places being visited during this trip itinerary.

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Meet Your Trekking Guide - Saga

Born and raised in Iceland, Saga has been working as a certified guide for the past 6 years. She is very passionate about the outdoors and traveling, and she loves meeting new people.

Being able to introduce and explore her home with travelers gives her great joy.
She has travelled extensively throughout Iceland and is looking forward to showing you the breathtaking nature Iceland has to offer!

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