Iceland – The Laugavegur

“The Laugavegur: an indescribable adventure !”

Hvanngil

In de buurt van Hvanngil

I dreamed about it: hiking in Iceland. After all, you do not get everyone so crazy go with a backpack to battle with the elements in the Icelandic Highlands: the Laugavegur. Two colleagues did, I convinced them to walk the 56 km long 3-day hike from Landmannalauger to Porsmork with me. A trip crossing a 1100m high pass, past thermal activities, lava and snow fields.

Kaart laugavegur

Routekaartje Laugavegur

A lot of reading and researching has preceded us as we land with our cheap flight with WOW Air with their narrow legspace land on Keflavik Airport. What do we have to take with us, the weather, transport, etc., we have studied everything beforehand so as not to surprise us too much.

With the transfer buses of Reykjavik Excursions we head towards the city. Het landschap is meteen al impressive. The landscape is immediately impressive. Left water and nice houses and right lava rocks and volcano tops. With a stopover at the busstation we are neatly dropped off in front of the Reykjavik Campsite. Reservation is not necessary. We pitch up the tent, buy gas tanks and decide to walk towards the center of Reykjavik.

It is fresh and somewhat rainy. What is immediately noticeable is the peace and that everything is set up well. At the first Subway we buy delicious sandwiches. After that we walk along the water to the place were the artwork the Sólfar is placed, a kind Vikingship. A little bit further is build the Harpa opera building.

Via the Lækjargata we turn left into the Lækjargata and after that into the Laugavegur. This is the shopping street of Reykjavik after which the hike is named. Due to the popularity of the hike and it’s  the “crowds”, Icelanders compared the hike with the shopping street so that’s how the hike got this name. The buildings are beautiful,  we would say different. Wood and corrugated sheets but in very cheerful colors. We stroll around and then walk back to the campsite.