Iceland’s Laugavegur Hike in National Geographic’s Top 20 Skip to content

Iceland’s Laugavegur Hike in National Geographic’s Top 20

The Laugavegur trail between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk in Iceland’s southern highlands, including the addition of the Fimmvörðuháls pass, is among the best hikes in the world, the 20 “dream trails,” according to National Geographic.

highlandhike-landmannalaugar_zrAlong the Laugavegur trail. Photo: Zoë Robert/Iceland Review.

“The one trail I have done that I put at the top of my list is Laugavegurinn in Iceland… By starting at Skógar and hiking north, you pass 20 cascading waterfalls in the first seven miles. After reaching a barren mountain pass between two glaciers—one of which sits on top of the notorious Eyjafjallajökull,” wrote long-distance hiker and author Jennifer Pharr Davis.

The trek across Fimmvörðuháls leads to the highland valley of Þórsmörk. Pharr Davis pointed out that J.R.R. Tolkien visited the “breathtaking” valley before writing The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, adding it is obvious where his inspiration for Middle Earth came from.

Read National Geographic’s full review of the trail here.


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