Iceland's Laugavegur Trail Photo Adventure
The Laugavegur Trail is an 84 km hiking trail located in the south central highlands of Iceland. The hiking trail navigates though Iceland’s most pristine wilderness areas and some of its’ most dynamic landscapes. Starting in Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, the trail climbs up high into the mountains and gradually into the valley’s bellow. The trail finishes in Thórsmörk, however we will continue for an extra two days on the fimmvörðuháls pass where we will end our photo adventure at Icelands most famous waterfall, Skógafoss.
We will be walking on average 14 kilometres a day (4-7 hours) with a small backpack. 4 out of the 6 hiking days are easy to moderate, 2 of the days are quite physically demanding so we ask that participants consider this.
What’s Included in Costs ($1385 CAD)
Transportation - from the BSI bus station in Reykjavik to the trailhead in Landmannalaugar and back to Reykjavik.
Accommodations - Accommodations along the trail. We will be staying in rustic mountain huts along the trail. We will spend one night in Landmannalaugar before we begin our hike the following day
Professional guiding - We have been exploring the highlands of Iceland for three years now, and we’re excited to share our knowledge of the area and show off it’s many hidden secrets
Photography instruction - Not only have we been fortunate enough to explore this amazing part of the world time and time again, but we have had a lot of experience photographing it as well. We know where to be, and when to be there. Photography will be an important subject, with plenty of time allotted for photography instruction and practical shooting scenarios, guaranteeing you’ll come home with photos you’re totally stoked on. Every evening we will have discussions about photography techniques, practices, natural light, business and social media.
What’s Not Included
Flights to Iceland - WOW Air is a popular budget airline flying from most major international airports, with round trips as low as $300
Luggage Storage - You will be required to carry everything you bring in your backpack, if you wish to bring more luggage for before or after the hike, you will have to rent locker space at KEF airport, or find other means
Accommodations - before and after the photo adventure are not included. Participants will be responsible for reserving hotels/hostels before the pick-up date
Food - Your backpack should be holding only the essentials (listed below) giving you tons of room to carry your own food for 8 days, ie. oatmeal, Backpackers’ Pantry, protein bars, chocolate, coffee/tea.
Preface: The weather in the highlands can be extremely volatile, extreme winds, intense rain, and even blizzards can occur at any time. We recommend you invest in quality gear that you can rely on. It’s likely we will experience all four seasons during our adventure! For specific recommendations on gear and equipment, please feel free to ask, we’re here to help!!!
40l hiking backpack
2x 1.4l water bottles
Food for 8 days
Plastic camping bowl, spoon, fork, mug
Ziplock bag to carry all personal garbage (no garbages on trail)
Dry Sack or sealed plastic bag to protect valuables from rain and rivers
Sturdy waterproof hiking boots
1 light merino wool base layer, top and bottom
2 pairs light merino wool ankle socks
1 pair heavy merino wool socks
1 merino wool buff
2 pairs of merino wool underwear
1 pair of light windbreaker gloves
1 trucker hat
2 sweat wicking T-shirts
1 pair of shorts
1 pair of light windbreaker pants
1 light synthetic insulated jacket
1 light down jacket
1 Gore-tex rain shell
1 Bathing suit for HOT SPRINGS!
Personal Hygiene products in small international flying standard sizes
We promise this will all fit in your backpack!
Daily Itinerary (Tentative)
June 24 - meet at Bus Station in Reykjavik, 3.5 hour bus ride to Landmannalaugar, dinner, debrief, prepare for hike, mingle, RELAX IN NATURAL HOT SPRINGS.
June 25 - Wake up early to begin our hike, 12km mostly uphill, lunch, walk to hut, dinner, midnight sun photography on glacier.
June 26 - Hike 12km through extremely diverse scenery, taking time to photograph the landscape as we descend down to Álftavatn Lake where our hut is located, dinner, photography discussions, socialize at the NEW REMOTE RESTAURANT.
June 27 - Hike to Emstrur 16 km, FORDING 3 RIVERS! Walking through lush green landscapes completely unlike the previous days, arrive at hut, dinner, games.
June 28 - Hiking to Thórsmörk 15 km, walking along cliffside foot bridges and along rushing rivers, fording rivers and walking through forests, dinner, midnight sun photography, optional restaurant for refreshments.
June 29 - 13km hike to fimmvörðuháls hut, absolutely epic views through the most scenic region in all of Iceland, eventually making our way up to our hut located directly between two massive glaciers, midnight sun photography, try to stay warm!
June 30th - Traverse over snow and ice along massive volcanoes until reaching a roaring river which we follow along 22 massive waterfalls all the way to the world famous Skógafoss waterfall.
July 1st - Morning light photography session at Skógafoss waterfall, travel back to the bus terminal in Reykjavik.