It’s difficult to know where to start when describing a trek such as the Laugavegur; it’s not by accident that it has gained worldwide popularity with trekkers, hikers, ultra-light hikers and trail runners. If you want to get to know Icelandic terrain (virtually) in it’s entirety and you have 2, 3 or 4 days for a hike (depending on how fast you want to do it, we cover ALL THE OPTIONS), then the Laugavegur is for you. At 49 miles, it is the longest defined hiking trail in Iceland.
You start at Landmannlauagar, a remarkable location well within the highlands of Iceland at 500m elevation. You first days journey takes you through Laugahraun, a giant lava field and then between orange rhyolite mountains, climbing an additional 500m in elevation to the mountain plateau at Hrafntinnusker
The second stage sees mostly descent. If it wasn’t magical enough, this is where the fun really begins. Magnificent, wide open vistas, green, snow-capped and yellows peaks rise all around as you gradually descend. At the end of day 2, you finish in Álftavatn, Swan Lake, so called because whooper swans were hunted there historically.
The third stage sees you descending further towards Thorsmork, stopping at Botnar/Emstrur, a desolate grazing area used for pastoral farming; you’ll also have to to take you shoes off and ford a river or two (maybe its three; OK it's three) to make it over!
The fourth and final stage of the journey for sees the landscape erupt into verdant splendor as you make your final descent in Þórsmörk, Thor’s Woods. It’s a spectacular location, carved out by glacial rivers, it is one of the greenest places in Iceland. A truly fitting end to a spectacular journey