The gorgeous Laugavegur Trek in Iceland is considered the country’s most popular hiking trail. Also known as Laugavegurinn, it spans from Landmannalaugar to Thorsork. Its path passes through a colourful landscape, from rainbow coloured hills to blackened volcanic plateaus, emerald valleys and frozen crystalline caves.
There is not much in the way of trees or wildlife on the journey, just amazing stretches of landscapes that would look at home on another planet.
Can you picture yourself on this otherworldly trek? Good! Let’s go through the basics of what you will need.
Research Bus Timetables
For only a couple of months in the year is it actually possible to hike the Laugavegur trek. Outside of mid-June to mid-September the roads to the area are totally impassable, the buses do not run. Reykjavik Excursions is the main bus company who serves Iceland, another is Trex. Be sure to familiarise yourself with them.
Plan your route
It is encouraged that you spend a few days in each region to make the most of your trip. If you are in Iceland for a while and have time to spare time Landmannalaugar has the only swimmable hot-spring on the trail, so might be worth taking a dip. A day’s hike from Thorsmark is the perfect opportunity to check out a glacier, such as the Eyjafjallajokull glacier.
There are travel hutts along the trek which can be booked by an adventurer such as yourself, this can be done through the company Feroaflag Islands who handle bookings. The huts are available throughout the time the buses run the trail. If there are no buses, the huts are locked up for the season. These huts are kitted out with all mod-cons and kitchen utensils, so you can comfortably recover after a hard day’s trek. If you are keen to save money, you can pitch your tents outside for the low price of $10 dollars.
Huts are available at
- Emstrur (Botnar)
- Þórsmörk (Langidalur)
Some of these huts are only a few kilometres apart so you wouldn’t book a night in each.
- Húsadalur – (Owned by Volcano Huts)
- Basar – (Owned by Utvist)
REMEMBER – Most of these huts are take in, take out in regards to rubbish, so don’t leave your trash in the huts.
Remember to bring water bottles or even better, a camel pack and then you will have no trouble refilling as you pass each hut.
However we recommend you bring food along. What you do bring will depend on your dietary needs and preferences. You may way to pack foods which are going to fill you up on the journey, but not take too much weight or space.
Consider – Trail mix (make your own for cost effectiveness), protein bars.
Take advantage of perishable items on the first day and fill up on some delicious food such as cheese, salami, and bread.
A great non-perishable meal is chili, it can be made from kidney beans, chickpeas and some chili sauce. These are all in cans which are ideal for preservation. Another great non-perishable is tuna. Think – tins and cans. Pasta is a good idea, but instead of a big jar of sauce, try a small jar of pesto.
Be prepared to face challenging conditions. Remember:
- A good, suitable jacket
- High quality hiking socks
- Hiking boots
- Backpack rain cover
- trekking poles
- Sleeping bag
- Rain jacket and rain pants
- Woollen socks
- Water bottles and/or a camelback that can hold at least 2 litres in total.