Adventurer of the Week: Michelle does the Laugavegur

15. December 2016
Shape Michelle Duncan
Heading South : Views over Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull

This week's installment of our "Adventurer of the Week" series tells the story of Michelle and her husband, who came over to Iceland and did the famous Laugavegur hiking trail, which connects Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic Highlands down through to Thorsmork, spread out over 4 days and taken at a leisurely pace. 

What motivated you to visit Iceland?

We chose to visit Iceland in the summer since we had been last year in the winter and explored the Golden Circle, Gulfoss and the Reykjanes peninsula, including the Blue Lagoon. 

Shape Michelle Duncan
Behind the Falls at Seljalandsfoss

How long was your stay? Did you travel solo or with a group?

We felt that as it is so accessible from Scotland we would like to see a different part and experience slightly warmer weather! I travelled with my husband.

Which tour did you take and why did you choose it?

We completed The Laugavegur Trail, joining a group with Icelandic Mountain Guides. We booked directly. We are both fit and active but had not done any group hikes before. We used it also as a trial run for our next adventure which was already booked: a 9 day hike with a group in Patagonia in November. [Michelle has since returned from this trip]

Shape Michelle Duncan
Snowy Mountain Tops : the Leftovers from Winter

What is one thing you will always remember about your tour?

The Laugavegur Trail took us 4-5 days and this was at a fairly leisurely pace. The scenery was spectacular even though the weather was mixed and staying in the hostels/huts was interesting and fun! 

We made great friends with the group and have been in touch since, sharing photographs. The thing I will remember most, apart from the scenery, will be the smoked lamb, Icelandic bread and tubes of caviar! 

If you had more time in Iceland, what else would you like to see and do?

We are really keen to come back to Iceland in the not too distant future and hope to explore the north of the island and the fjords up there. 

Shape Michelle Duncan
Glacier River Delta in þórsmörk

What tips do you have for people who want to visit Iceland?

If I were to give any tips to visitors planning a trip, I would say do not forget your waterproofs and make sure you try a bowl of Seafood Soup at one of the harbour restaurants in Reykjavik. 

What adventure are you off to next? What is your next dream adventure?

We are still planning our next adventure but are considering a hiking/ canoeing trip in Alaska!

Shape Michelle Duncan
Views over the Krossjökull, a glacier east of þórsmörk

Want to be our next Adventurer fo the Week?

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Have you been on a tour with us in Iceland and would like to be featured as an “Adventurer of the Week”? Feel free to email Jewells at [email protected].

About the Author

Joseph Mattos-Hall

Hailing from London and born into a British/Brazilian/Italian household, Joseph came to Iceland originally to complete a master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland: the rest is history.

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