I have decided to make my way to Iceland in July to have a bash at the Laugavegur hiking trail. The Laugavegur or Laugavegurinn (as it’s sometimes known) hiking trail is 55 kilometres long and is the most popular route through the wild Icelandic Highlands, one of last truly untouched wilderness areas left in Europe.
There are supposed to be very few places in the world that offer such diverse landscapes and scenic views for the through hiker. On the trek I’ll encounter colourful rhyolite mountains, huge and rugged glaciers, screaming hot springs, rivers of every shape and size, peaceful lakes, narrow ridges, immense waterfalls, deep canyons and panoramic views out across the North Atlantic Ocean.
I’m hoping this trek offers a little bit of everything for me. I’ll be away for a week and will be camping along the trail at night. There will be Jeep assisted back-up as the group will be made up of somewhere between 4-12 fellow hikers and adventure seekers. I really can’t wait to get going and I’m really looking forward to writing up my trip reports for the blog upon my return, hopefully backed up with some immense photography to help illustrate the adventure.
A rough outline of expected distances and destinations can be seen below:
Day 1: Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar
Day 2: Landmannalaugar – Álftavatn 24 km
Day 3: Álftavatn – Emstrur (Botnar) 16 km
Day 4: Emstrur (Botnar) – Þórsmörk 15 km
Day 5: Þórsmörk – Reykjavík