Laugavegur (trekking path)

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View from the beginning of Laugavegur in the Laugahraun lava field to the campground in Landmannalaugar

The Laugavegur ( Icelandic [ løyːɣaˌvɛɣʏr̥ ] for way to the hot springs ) is a famous trekking route to Iceland .

Geography and course

It lies in the municipal areas of Rangárþing ytra and Rangárþing eystra and leads from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk . Its total length is 54 km and at its highest point it reaches 1050 m at Hrafntinnusker . You could extend the tour over the Fimmvörðuháls pass to the coast to Skógar - there you walk over the cooled lava of Eyjafjallajökull , which erupted in May 2010.

The possible starting and ending points Landmannalaugar , Þórsmörk and Skógar can be easily reached by bus from Reykjavík in summer . The hike takes four days (possibly one more day over the Fimmvörðuháls pass ) and is well signposted. On the way there are huts with fully equipped kitchens at a distance from day tours, but these are usually fully booked in high summer. Food must be taken with you, but the kitchen in the huts can be used. Camping is possible at the huts and only allowed there. You are requested to stick to the marked path and to protect the vegetation.

About the name

Just like that of its namesake in Reykjavík , the name can be traced back to the hot springs (isl. Laugar ) it touches, such as B. in Landmannalaugar.

Web links

Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn
Hikers between Hrafntinnusker and Álftavatn
Laugavegur on the slopes of the Brennisteinsalda (left)
Commons : Laugavegur (trekking trail)  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikivoyage: Laugavegur  - travel guide
  1. Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker
  2. Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn
  3. Álftavatn - Emstrur
  4. Emstrur - Þórsmörk