By Nele Mahnke
Nele has already reported about her multi-day trekking trip in the highlands of Iceland in a previous article. Now, she summarizes the important tips and tricks for this hike:
When is it best to start the trip?
Mid-June to mid-August. It is important that the highland roads F208 and F225 to Landmannalaugar are free. You can check the current status and if the routes are open on the website of the Icelandic Road Authority (www.road.is).
The cabins along Laugavegur open according to the roads and are occupied until ~ the end of August.
It doesn’t get dark during that time either, soI recommend to take the opportunity and leave early or start late so you can avoid the guided groups.
To or from Skogar, in case of an extension with hiking Fimmvör∂uhál, there is also the public line 51 (straeto.is)
Watt are possible difficulties?
Laugavegur is considered a hike with medium level of difficulty, even with some easy parts that are beginner friendly. In good weather, the well-marked and recognizable trails are effortless to follow. Those who can walk several days at a time with luggage and ideally have already been in the mountains at an altitude of at least 1000 meters, will have no problem with the route.
A risk factor that should not be underestimated is the weather. There can be violent weather changes, especially at higher altitudes with fog and snow storms.
Basically, the Laugavegur is uncomplicated, but the following things should be kept in mind:
Which equipment to bring along?
Food & Drinks?
All provisions must be brought by yourself. So you also need a gas stove with gas cartridge, a pot/dishes and water bottle.
At the huts you can usually buy small snacks, but they can be sold out.
Except for Fimmvör∂uháls, you can get fresh water from the rivers all along Laugavegur.
In Landmannalaugar, there is a small kiosk in an old bus that offers fresh coffee, rolls and pastries.
The cabins on Laugavegur cost around 56€/night and are booked up quickly, so it makes sense to reserve a place to sleep on the website nat.is (for 2023, the Laugavegur cabins are already full, which gives you an idea of the popularity of the trail).
With a tent you are much more flexible and cheaper with about 12€/night. Showers are not available at all huts, mostly only a natural toilet. At huts with sanitary facilities, you pay an amount of about 3,50€ for the use.
At Ferðafélag Íslands, the Iceland Touring Association (FÍ), there is an overview map of all highland huts (www.fi.is).
So all that’s left to say is: Happy hiking! 🙂
Thanks a lot, dear Nele, for your helpful tips and explanations!
Images & Text: Nele Mahnke
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This not only speaks for diversity, but also for spontaneity, which is also reflected in the changeable weather in Iceland. A popular Icelandic saying is "If you do not like the current weather, just wait for five minutes".
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