How to Backpack to Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail

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With more than 65 miles of beautiful trek, there is no reason to skip the trail as your next trip. If you are one of the backpackers with so many places you wish to visit and hike, Iceland should be on the list. We are sure that in this post, you will fall in love with these views.
As you see, the colorful and various landscape in Iceland is everything such as the rainbow-colored hills, some steam along with the volcanic rocks. Even though Iceland does not offer the wildfire and trees, still, the wide and open landscapes will bring you to another world. If you want to plan to see Iceland, we recommend you to trek in the middle of June through the middle of September.

1. Trek From North To South

After considering the time to do the trek, you need to decide whether you do the trek from north to south or vise versa. You can go by buses. If you go from south to north, it means you will get more elevation gain and climbing. Start your journey in Landmannalaugar and end it in Þórsmörk or Skógar as the popular route. On the other hands, if you go from south to north, the benefit is less crowds.

2. Transportation And Bus Schedule

If you have done with the thing above, now check the bus schedule. Make sure that the buses are available on the days you want to start or end the trek. The main bus company that serves Iceland is Reykjavik Excursions. Alternatively, there is Trex with the available buses to the trailheads.

3. Plan Out Your Trek

It is possible to do the Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk section in four days and three nights. Nevertheless, if you have enough time in Iceland, we recommend you to add more days to continue your journey with the additional trails. Here are the few options to check out:

  • Spend more time in Landmannalaugar – You can do some short day hikes and then finish it with a long and soothing dip in hot spring. Enjoy the incredible views such as the popular Icelandic horses.
  • Trek from Þórsmörk to Skógar – This is the favorite section of the trek, in which you can watch the waterfalls, craters, snow and glaciers. It takes 10 hours to trek and you can even spend your time at the hut between the two glaciers to rest.
  • Hike around Þórsmörk – It is a paradise for all hikers. There, you can enjoy and go to the valley with the surrounding mountains as well as the forest.

4. Huts And Camp

Another interesting thing to do is to camp or stay in huts. You can even choose the combination of tent camping and hut, especially if you are in higher and colder, and wet elevations. It is good to book huts, but we recommend you to book several months before. It is because the huts can be full operation and the buses are still available to or from the trail. If the buses are not operating, it also means that the huts will be closed to book for the season.
Mostly, the price to book huts along the Laugavegur Trek are about $60 per night. At first, you may think that the price is too high, but it should not be a problem unless if you do not mind to spend a lot of days in the cold and misty rains. Besides the beds and heat, the huts have lighters, kitchen utensils, tables, benches, and even bathrooms. Some even provide the hot showers for five minutes but you have to pay for $4 US.
If you book a camp, you need to pay $10 US per night with $4 for the hut kitchen. You can make friends with lots of trekkers on your way and enjoy having dinner with them in the huts. After that, you can retreat them back to your tent at night. If you trek from north to south, here are the available huts to book along the trail:

  • Landmannalaugar
  • Emstrur (Botnar)
  • Hrafntinnusker
  • Alftavatn or Hvanngil
  • Þórsmörk (Langidalur), and others.

If you stay at these huts or book a camping, you have to pack in and pack out the trash. A warden looks after each hut to make sure that the heat is turned on and everyone is checked in at night. In addition, a warden will reserve a bunk. Besides, you can ask wardens about the trek information and the night hikes.

5. Things To Pack

It is important to note that there are no places to buy meals and food along the trail. If you are at Þórsmörk, you can find a restaurant. Therefore, it is better to pack all the freeze dried meals in your pack and bring a backpacker stove. In addition, water is available at all huts, but not for the last day if you are at the Fimmvorduhals hut. You cannot find running water. If you do not want to melt snow for your water supply in the next morning, we recommend you to bring water tablets that will dissolve for 30 minutes. Many hikers collect the water from the steams and the smell was like sulfur because of the volcano rock, yet they found no issues after drinking the water by using the water tablets.

Furthermore, the weather in Iceland is unpredictable. Therefore, you are lucky if you enjoy your trail with no rain, wind, and hail. Here is the pack list to bring:

  • Hiking boots
  • Wool layers
  • Down jacket
  • 60 to 70L backpack
  • Backpack raincover
  • Sleeping back
  • Trekking poles
  • Headlamp
  • Rain jacket and pants
  • Wool sock
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle

Note:

Make your trail in Iceland is unforgettable. You should enjoy your time to talk and blend in other backpackers. It seems great to have a dinner together with others and share about where they all are from. It is also awesome if your table is full of people around the world. Of course, it will be the best and unique dinner you have in your lifetime!