In 2009 I led a group of Rohan staff and clients on the Laugavegur Hiking Trail: after the following trail description, a gallery illustrates our experiences. This would be great to repeat in 2023......
Laugavegur is one of the most popular highland trails in Iceland. The scenery is breathtaking in its beauty and diversity, perfectly representing the country’s raw natural wonder.
The area is a favourite for those who want to take multi-day hikes through the Icelandic Highlands.
The name Laugavegur means ‘the way of the water’.
Location of the Laugavegur Hiking TrailThe Laugavegur Trail is located in the southern Icelandic Highlands and connects the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar to the forested valley of Þórmörk.
Landmannalaugar is a spectacular location, only accessible in summer, renowned for its colourful rhyolite mountains and bubbling hot springs, which guests are welcome to bathe in.
Þósmörk, meanwhile, is sheltered by mountains and glaciers, and famous for its greenery. It is so beautiful that it was named after the most acclaimed of the Old Norse Gods, Þór (often anglicized to Thor).
The Laugavegur Trail, from Landmannalaugar, passes the ‘Swan Lake’, Álftavatn; the black sand desert of Mælifellssandur, renowned for its vibrant green mountain Stórasúla; and through the plains of Emstrur. There are countless peaks, crater lakes and volcanoes en route, and the trail sits in the shadow of the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull.
It is 55 kilometres (34 miles) long.
Following on from retirement, more time will be available for hill and mountain walking on a personal basis with friends.