Travel Tips and Advice
Planning on hiking the famous Laugavegur Trail?
There are some important things you should know before you take off for Iceland!
Many hikers make common errors that can make the hike unenjoyable. Here are five mistakes not to make when hiking the Laugavegur Trail.
1. Not booking mountain huts in advance.
Many who hike the Laugavegur come unprepared with no tent and expect to be able to get a spot in the mountain huts.
It is VERY IMPORTANT to book the mountain huts along the trail before you leave for the trek. Typically, these huts fill up months in advance, and you will be out of luck if you show up the day of hoping to have a place to sleep.
2. Not bringing rain pants.
Iceland is known for unpredictable weather and an abundance of rainfall. The Laugavegur is no exception; you will be rained on at least once during your trek.
Many hikers dismiss this and don't think they need rain pants. They are wrong.
If you don't bring rain pants, you are in for a miserable, wet few days. Rain pants are the most essential item of clothing needed for the trek and will help keep you dry and warm while you hike in the rain.
3. Expecting there to be enough food for purchase along the trail.
Hikers often expect there to be food for sale along the Laugavegur because of how popular a hike it is.
This is not the case.
While it is true that the Alftavatn hut now has a restaurant, the hours and food options are limited. It is crucial that you pack yourself enough food for the entire 3-4 day trek.
4. Renting sleeping bags that are not weather appropriate.
It can get pretty cold at night in Iceland, even in the mountain huts.
Hikers may be tempted to rent sleeping bags that aren't weather appropriate because they are cheap; warmer sleeping bag rentals can be pretty expensive.
However, even though they are expensive, they are necessary. It's worth the extra cash to be warm at night.
5. Expecting there to be outlets to charge electronics.
Disclaimer: There are no outlets to charge electronics in the huts.
Make sure to bring a power bank for your phone if you want to be able to charge it on the trek. Even on airplane mode, your phone will probably run out of juice quickly if you don't have a power bank.