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One week in Iceland and getting to see the best it has to offer!

We tried to see how much we could do in Iceland including the infamous Laugavegur trail, and I think we managed to do a good job! I had the time of my life.

by bikAbout Me:A student of the performing arts in the Netherlands, while still catching as much abroad experience as possible. On top of all the cities and countries visited with my mother, who works as a cabin attendant with the airlines, I am taking a... read more

EuropeIceland5 days / July 2018

Highs & Lows

All the colours in the ground and all the steam coming out everywhere!

Super expensive :(

Itinerary Overview

Going to Iceland was a bit of a crazy idea for us because we didn’t really know what to expect but having been there two times by now I wouldn’t have a second thought of moving there if I really could. It is the most amazing place I have ever had the chance to hike around, and would love to come back many times. We looked for the best multiple day hike to do and we found out that the Laugavegur trail was on top of the list by far. Before we did this trail we spent a couple of days in Reykjavik, which is a wonderful town. It is not big and no building reaches more than 10 stories but the people and culture is really kind and there is a lot of places and sights to check out. Close to Reykjavik we did the Golden Circle, just like all other tourists do, but it was worth it to check it out. We spend two nights in Reykjavik and then we took the bus to start the hike. The trail is five days in total, but the first and last day is only the bus, the three days in between is covering a good amount of distance on foot.
 

The Laugavegur trail is a very popular trail, but everything combined it is indeed (one of) the best multiple day hikes you can do in Iceland. They will take you with a bus to the start of the trail, a campground in the middle of nowhere called Landmannalaugar. After walking three days and sleeping at two campgrounds along the way you will get to the last campground which is in a region called Þórsmörk, where you will sleep the last night. In those three days hiking you will maybe cross only one or two unpaved roads, that are solely for the most in need supplies for the campground, but everything else is done by foot or helicopter. There is no sign of humanity along the road, except for the sign leading you the way. You can shower in the campgrounds and sleep in the hut or in your own tent, but there is no food or electricity for the hikers. You need to carry your tent, all your clothes, food, sleeping equipment and snacks for three days on your back. Most people take the bus back to Reykjavik after the last night in Þórsmörk, but you can also walk one or two extra days to the coast, it will take you to Skogar, a place where they have a very very touristic huge waterfall. The walk itself is less interesting than the three days before, but you will end your journey with a view of the ocean and a huge crowd of tourists welcoming you back to society. We took the bus back to Reykjavík after Þórsmörk, we had more stuff to do that summer.

  • 2 Nights: Reykjavík
    it's kind of the only real city in Iceland...
  • 3 Nights: Landmannalaugar
    Sickest multiple day hike in the world for real.

Q & A

  • How was the food?

    This coffee place in Reykjavik was really good but I don't know what it was called. Everyone knows about it though so you just have to ask around.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Keep in mind that the Laugavegur trail, Reykjavík, the dehydrated meals you have to bring for the hike and Iceland in general is VERY expensive. Buy as much as you can in your own country, especially the food for the hike.

  • Packing tips?

    The best packing tips are on the websites for the trail, one tip I can give you is to bring cheese spread on the hike, or peanut butter. This shit doesn't go bad, bring some crackers and load them.

  • Any surprises?

    Yes, THE WEATHER! The weather is always bad in Iceland, rain and storm and clouds all day. But we were very lucky, we had no rain, and a lot of sun. Be prepared for some nasty weather.

  • Booking details?

    Do mind that you need to book a place in order to do the Laugavegur trail! They don’t want it to be too crowded so they only let a certain amount of people in each summer. Booking a tour and/or transportation has nothing to do with this, you need to do that yourself too.

Lodging

  • We stayed at Kex hostel, a beautiful hostel with a nice environment and design in an old cookie factory building, They have a nice bar and breakfast and it is in a very good location in town close to the city center. They had a good place to keep our luggage while we went to do the Laugavegur trail.

  • You stay in different huts along the trail. Book in time. Don’t expect anything. Take your own tent if there is no space in the huts. Bring your own food. Check the websites.