2014
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Iceland’s Laugavegur Trail – Hut-To-Hut Trekking: A Natural Traveler Slideshow

Photos and introduction by Steve Lagreca

The Laugavegur is a relatively short, but strenuous, 50 miles (78 km). It runs from the interior highlands south to Route #1, a.k.a. Ring Road (Laugavegur Trail Map). Colorful mountains, spellbinding vistas, perky summer flowers, steam vents so near you can feel their warmth, a photogenic alpine lake, boiling mud pots and snowy (even in July) trails – all on the first day! The next few days add river crossings, fields of black lava rocks, alien-looking green and black misty mountains, an enchanting forest of little trees, lunch overlooking a waterfall, and a good possibility to catch the alpenglow from an artic sunset. At trail’s-end awaits the grand finale; thundering Skogafoss falls (seen in Thor: The Dark World). Tip: Allow time for the side hikes.

 

Huts provide an alternative to carrying tents and cooking gear. They’re cozy and warm, with a shared kitchenette and bunk beds. Tip: Make your reservations early; they fill up months in advance.

 

Don’t take this trail for granted. It’s well-marked, but snow can make the markers difficult to spot. They aren’t kidding when they tell you conditions change rapidly – on the Morinsheidi heath (plateau) the temperature dropped from T-shirts and sunshine to freezing with high winds and sleet, all in about an hour. Not for the faint of heart is the famous “Cat’s Back” at Fimmvorduhals Pass; an arched, narrow section with sheer drop offs on either side.  Further on there’s a few short sections requiring some hand-over-hand climbing. The last obstacle is a short exposed section that will test your nerves, with chains to grasp for reassurance.  Worth it? Indeed!

 

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