Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Today I set off on the last 15km of my trek.
The night before, I stayed in a mountain hut that housed 15 people with two people on one mattress. The cabin had a few bunk beds, one large table, and a kitchen all in one room. It was a nice setup and allowed everyone in the hut to socialize and get to know one another.
The American couple I met and walked with stayed in the same hut, too. I met some very cool people, and am glad I decided to stay in the hut instead of camp.
I walked with the American couple again, which was nice because hiking is a lot more fun if you’re with someone else. It’s also a very unique setting to get to know someone else; you meet very like-minded people on backpacking treks, and there is something about trekking together that brings you closer.
Not going to lie, the last 15km was the hardest of the entire trek. It wasn't because of the weather, which was beautiful and sunny for once, but because my muscles killed.
The waist belt was beginning to bruise my hips, my knees killed, and I could barely feel my legs because they were so sore. Luckily I was hiking with two other people in the same condition, so I wasn’t alone in my pain.
At the end of the hike there was a warm lodge with overpriced beer, but at that point, we didn’t care. We all got a beer, met up with others we connected with on the trek, and hung out together for a few hours until the bus came to take the others back to Reykjavík.
Despite the horrible weather on the first day, which I am now told is about as bad as it gets, I really enjoyed my time on the Laugavegur trek. The physical and mental challenges you meet when trekking teach you a lot about yourself. Even though parts of trekking can suck, and they do, they are worth it in the end for the experiences and personal growth you gain.
I’m genuinely grateful for this trekking experience, both for being able to do it alone and for meeting others to share the experience with. Every trek I do, I’m reminded how much I love it and that I will probably continue to go on treks for a long time.