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Iceland - Legendary Laugavegur Trek

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Date:
July 23 - Aug 1, 2018

Price:
CMC Members: $4800
Non-Members: $5333

 

Trip Overview

Known as Europe's "land of fire and ice," Iceland is known for its extreme landscapes—thundering waterfalls, glacial rivers, sand deserts, simmering hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, black sand beaches and otherworldly steaming lava fields —and attracts the more daring travelers. Since it derives much of its energy from geothermal hot springs and burns relatively little fossil fuel, Iceland also has some of the cleanest air in the world.  

The Laugavegur Trail was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic and we will include the Skógar extension, ending at the stunning 200-foot-high Skógafoss waterfall for a 50-mile trek. We start in Landmannalaugar known for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and hot springs. The breathtaking scenery throughout the 7-day hike includes fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, geysers, glaciers and glacial rivers. We spend our nights in mountain huts at beautiful remote locations including one at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull which famously erupted in 2010 and halted air traffic in Europe. 

But the outdoors are not the only attraction. Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital with a population of only 140,000 people, was voted European city of culture in 2000. It has an impressive art and museum scene and a buzzing nightlife. With crime negligible, it's probably one of the world's safest places to visit.  

The island is filled with thermal swimming pools, which like most of the buildings, are heated naturally by underground volcanic activity. Perhaps the most famous pool is The Blue Lagoon (www.bluelagoon.is), which we will visit at the end of our trip. 

Iceland is littered with active volcanoes—some of them buried under glaciers—and the land is as exothermically alive as it gets with thousands of geysers (a word said to have been invented in Iceland) and mineral springs. 

Lava from volcanic eruptions has turned parts of Iceland into a lunar landscape. When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969, the joke goes, he thought he was in Iceland.

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Hotels and mountain huts

Activities / Difficulty

Hiking hut-to-hut, carrying daypacks, up to 10 miles per day, 50 miles total, plus fording glacial rivers. A good attitude, tolerance for your fellow travelers and unforeseen circumstances, and good physical conditioning are all required as we will be doing B and C hikes over a variety of terrains and elevations for 7 consecutive days and fording glacial rivers up to thigh high. Play close attention to the specific details of our itinerary, particularly the distance and elevation gain on each day.  

 

Trip Leader: Bill Blazek and Patty Laushman

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