Many of the small details of planning your Laugavegur Trail trek can end up being the biggest challenges. You probably know that the river crossing will be difficult, but you might not be thinking as much about how you’ll get from the Keflavik Airport to your hotel in Reykjavik and then on to the start of the Laugavegur trail in Landmannalaugar.
We’ve put together the following post to help you tackle all of those tricky logistical items that are sure to arise when you’re planning your own Laugavegur trail adventure.
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- Getting from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
- Where to stay in Reykjavik before and after your hike
- Getting to and from the Laugavegur from Reykjavik
- Luggage storage
Keflavik Airport (KEF) to Reykjavik
Most, if not all, walkers will arrive in Iceland at the Keflavik Airport (KEF), which is about 50km from the center of Reykjavik. If you are flying from the United States, your flight will likely arrive early in the morning, leaving you plenty of time to get settled in your accommodation in Reykjavik before starting your walk the next day. Here are your best options for getting from Keflavik to central Reykjavik:
- Public Bus (Straeto): By far the most economical way to get from the airport to Reykjavik is the public bus. Straeto, Iceland’s public transportation company, runs an efficient airport bus (Route number 55) that picks up from the airport and makes several stops en route to central Reykjavik. The bus runs hourly during peak times, and tickets can be purchased from the bus driver upon boarding. Straeto has a very helpful smartphone app that allows you to plan your journey as well as pay for tickets, and we highly recommend travelers with phone access make use of it.
- FlyBus: FlyBus, operated by Reykjavik Excursions, is your best bet for private transfers from the airport to central Reykjavik. The bus picks up travelers from the airport and drops them off at either the central bus station (BSI Terminal) or at selected hotels throughout the city. The FlyBus can be booked in advance through the Reykjavik Excursions website.
Where to Stay in Reykjavik
Lodging (and everything, really) is expensive in Reykjavik. Luckily, there are several good options to suit all budgets for staying in Reykjavik both before and after walking the Laugavegur Trail. Here are your best bets:
- Reykjavik Campsite: The most economical option in town is to simply camp at the lovely Reykjavik Campsite. Located approximately 20-30 minutes by walking from central Reykjavik, the campground provides great facilities at a fraction of the cost of a hotel room. As a bonus, the bus to Landmannalaugar picks up directly from the campsite.
- Dalur Hi Hostel: The most convenient hostel for those planning to walk the Laugavegur, the Dalur Hi Hostel is located adjacent to the campsite as well as the bus pick-up location for getting to Landmannalaugar.
- Hilton Reykjavik Nordica: For those looking for a more traditional hotel, we would highly recommend the Hilton Reykjavik Nordica. Located on the edge of central Reykjavik, the hotel offers nice rooms, a fantastic breakfast, and is just a short walk from the campsite for catching the bus to Landmannalaugar.
Getting to/from the Laugavegur from Reykjavik
For those hiking the Laugavegur Trail from north to south, you’ll start in Landmannalaugar. There is no public bus service to Landmannalaugar so you’ll need to arrange private transportation.
The first option is to use the Reykjavik Excursions Highland Bus. The bus provides walkers with transportation to the start of the Laugavegur trail as well as back to Reykjavik from the finish. The bus picks up walkers at the Reykjavik Campsite as well as the BSI bus terminal near central Reykjavik. Note that if returning to Reykjavik from Skogar, the Highland Bus has a 6 hour layover in Hvolsvöllur before continuing on to Reykjavik. As such, we recommend taking the Straeto public bus described below to avoid this long layover.
Trex also offers a Hiker Pass that provides transportation to and from the trail in one package deal..You can take as much time as you need to complete the hike and can be picked up from any of the three main access points on the Laugavegur: Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, and Skogar (for those also completing the Fimmvörðuháls). However, keep in mind that the Trex Bus also makes the 6 hour layover on the way from Skógar back to Reykjavik and tends to be a bit more expensive than the other options.
If you choose to complete the Fimmvörðuháls and finish in Skogar, Straeto (the public bus company) picks up here via Route 51. Check Straeto’s website for more details and timetables. We recommend this option to avoid the long layover that the Trex and Highland buses make.
There are no ATMs along the Laugavegur Trail, so you’ll need to be prepared to pay for all of your expenses with cash you’ve brought along or with a credit card. All of the huts/campsites give you the option to pay for your accommodation and anything additional you may purchase with a credit card, although savvy travelers will want to bring at least some cash as it’s possible that the credit card machines may not be working due to limited solar power.
Many walkers will be traveling with more luggage than they might like to carry while hiking the Laugavegur Trail. If that’s the case for you, you’ll find several options for luggage storage in Reykjavik. Luggage Lockers Iceland has several options throughout Reykjavik, with the most convenient locations for Laugavegur walkers being the Reykjavik Campsite and the BSI Bus Station, as both are pick-up and drop-off points for the bus to/from the Laugavegur.
Note that the maximum luggage storage time at the BSI Bus Station is 4 days, while the Reykjavik Campsite will allow you to store your luggage for up to 30 days. Both locations have several locker sizes as well as easy to use self-service kiosks. You can check locker sizes, prices, and opening hours for all of their locations here.
Alternatively, many hotels in Reykjavik will gladly store your extra luggage if you are staying with them both before and after your Laugavegur Trail. The best option of course is to only pack what you need and avoid having to store any extra luggage at all!
Everything you need to to plan your Laugavegur Trek – all in one place.
Whether you prefer mountain huts or tents, fastpacking or meandering, or something in between, we’ve got you covered. Our Guide to Trekking the Laugavegur Trail is ultimate resource to help you plan your perfect trip. Get instant access to our trip planning portal with everything you need to start planning your trip.
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