7 Reasons Why Laugavegur is the Most Popular Trekking Tour in Iceland

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Rainbow over the Laugavegur hiking trail
Greta S Guðjónsdóttir

You have probably heard that the Laugavegur Trail in the Icelandic highlands is one of the world’s most popular hiking trails. You might be wondering what makes hiking the The Laugavegur Trail so special and why National Geographic named the trail as one of the top 20 in the world. With this article we are going to show you our favourite parts of the trail and what you can expect if you decide to take on one of Iceland's true natural wonders.

The Laugavegur Trail

1. Diverse and Breathtaking Scenery

When you hike the famous Laugavegur Trail you will find the scenery changes almost as frequently as the weather. You can expect to walk through steaming geothermal areas, wide open sandy deserts, lush birch forests and see cold and dramatic glaciers. It is an excellent way to guarantee you will see all the highlights of Iceland’s diverse and powerful nature.

Jan Zelina

2. A Very Rewarding Challenge

Hiking the Laugavegur trail is a great way to challenge yourself and see what you are capable of. The feeling of accomplishment after you have completed this breathtaking trail is unmatched! Keep in mind that although you may find yourself challenged by the trail, you will be rewarded with every step you take as around every twist and turn lies a new viewpoint.

Craig Downing

3.  An Excellent and Safe Place to Meet Fellow Travellers

Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world and travelers who come to the country are generally nature enthusiasts. It is very common to see hikers start the trail on their own but arrive at the end with a new friend or two at their side.

Jordi Pujolá

4.  A Choose Your Own Adventure Style

There are mountain huts running along the trail which provide a good level of comfort. It can make all the difference to your hike staying in a warm, dry shelter every night with a cozy bed. I Staying in the huts also means you won’t need to bring cooking supplies or a camping mattress, which can help lighten the load. If you prefer to rough it and stay in a tent, camping is available at designated areas on the trail.

beautiful scenery over an old hut in Icelandic nature in Laugavegur, Landmannalaugar
Jan Zelina

5.  A Backcountry Spa Trip

The hot pot in Landmannalaugar is a great way to start or end your hike. The geothermally heated waters are warm and inviting, and have incredible views of the surrounding area. It’s great to kickstart the ultimate Icelandic nature hike with one of the most Icelandic experiences you can have.

Jan Zelina

6. A Way To Get In Touch With Yourself

Nature can have a very significant impact on a person. It reminds us what is really important in life and what is worth protecting and fighting for. It gives us new perspectives and new stories to share. This hike provides an excellent opportunity for self reflection and meeting people from different walks of life who can provide a new take on things.

Greta S Guðjónsdóttir

7. Is it the Start, Middle or End of your Road?

If you want a longer hike you can easily add on the Fimmvörðuháls trail which adds another 1 to 2 days of hiking. This trail lies between Þórsmörk and Skógar. For another extra 4 days of hiking you can also add the Hellismannaleið hike which starts in Rjúpnavellir and ends in Landmannalaugar. There are also side detours on the trail you can take to extend such as a day trip to Strútur where you can visit Strútslaug. The possibilities are endless!

A sign in the Icelandic highlands that says Landmannalaugar to the left and Thorsmork to the right.
Craig Downing

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IMG Staff Writer

IMG Staff Writer

An anonymous but well informed member of our team that enjoys sharing their knowledge of Iceland & Greenland’s stunning nature.

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