Considered Iceland’s most popular hiking trail, the Laugavegur Trek (or Laugavegurinn) spans 55km from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk (Thorsmork). It passes through a very colorful, varied landscape: from rainbow-colored hills to black volcanic deserts, neon green valleys to ice caves. This is not a trek for wildlife spotting or tree hugging – nope, just wide open landscapes that seem to have sprung from another world.

HOW TO PLAN FOR THE LAUGAVEGUR TREK IN ICELAND

SEASON

There are only 2-3 months out of the year where it’s possible to hike the Laugavegur Trek. Outside of mid-June through mid-September, the roads leading to and from the trail are impassible and buses do not run. Depending on weather, i.e. how heinous the winter was, there may be too much residual snow to make the trek in June. We highly recommend playing it safe and planning your Laugavegur Trek for somewhere in the mid-July to mid-September range.

HOW TO PLAN FOR THE LAUGAVEGUR TREK IN ICELAND

FOOD

One thing you won’t have to worry about is water. As long as you are equipped with water bottles and/or a camelbak pack, you can easily refill with clean water each day at the huts along the trek. Food, on the other hand, you’ll have to carry in with you. What you bring depends on your dietary needs and preferences, but in general you’ll want to pack food that is filling and light in weight. Consider these tips:

-For easy munching during the day while you’re on the trail, pack trail mix or protein bars. (we brought a bag of homemade trail mix from NYC, far cheaper than buying the ingredients in Reykjavik and more filling than bars)

- Cheese and meats should still be good to eat, so take advantage while you can! (We brought pitas, salami, and cheese to make sandwiches for lunch)

-The most satisfying, easy, nonperishable meal we’ve come up with for camping trips and treks? Chili! Grab cans of kidney beans, chickpeas, and some other bean with chili sauce, throw it all in a pot, and warm it up. The cans hold a lot of weight, so you might want to make chili earlier on in the trek to lose the weight in your pack.

-Tuna’s another great nonperishable yet filling food.

-Pasta is a no-brainer for an easy meal – but instead of toting along a big jar of tomato sauce, bring a tiny jar of pesto to put on it.

HOW TO PLAN FOR THE LAUGAVEGUR TREK IN ICELAND

GEAR

Weather is very unpredictable in Iceland. You should go into the Laugavegur Trek expecting to encounter rain, wind, and hail, and then consider yourself lucky if you’re not met with all three!
In addition to the obvious jacket and wool layers, be sure to include these must-pack items in your backpack for the trek:

-Comfortable, broken-in hiking boots
-A comfortable, well-fitting backpack
-Rain jacket and rain pants
-Wool socks
-Gloves
-Water bottles

P.S. We can plan this trip together!
Find our tour on: www.guidetoiceland.is

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