Laugavegur Trail

Posted: September 28th, 2017

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I decided to hike the Laugavegur Trail alone in mid-September, starting on September 15th, 2017. It took a total of 4 days to complete.

Along the trail, every 4-8 hours worth of hiking, there are huts which allow you to camp or stay inside. The huts offer toilets, water and paid showers. You must pay to camp outside the huts, which costs about $18 USD per night.

The trail requires preparing for volatile weather conditions including: below freezing cold temperatures, fog, heat, wind, rain, dust and snow. Additionally, the trail requires fording several streams on foot. It is best to have a map and compass along with a GPS device.

To be safe, you can contact Safetravel with your travel itinerary (this site also has useful weather information). If you do not notify that you have reached your destination within 2 hours, a search party will be sent for you.

Most of the trail is cleary marked however, in fog, it could be challenging to find the trail and is best to wait for it to clear; the weather changes every few minutes.

The most popular times to hike the trail are July and August, mid-June and mid-September offer more solitude at the cost of more risky weather. A benefit of hiking in September is the opportunity to see the Northern Lights, the sky becomes darker at night during this time.

The trail starts in Landmannalaugar and ends in Þórsmörk Valley, both locations have daily busses. From Þórsmörk Valley you can continue another 1-2 days and hike Fimmvörðuháls, ending at Skógafoss, which offers a bus as well.

Some people hike North to South and others hike South to North; I went North to South. It is considered more challenging to go South to North due to the inclines. A benefit of hiking South to North is that you can bathe in the hot spring at Landmannalaugar once you've completed the trail.

To reach the trailhead, buy the Hiker's Bus Pass from Trex. They pick up directly in front of the Town Hall in Reykjavík, as well as other locations. The trail is simply amazing, offering exceptional views and natural wonders.





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