by Roxanne Kunz
The Laugavegur trail, which stretches 55 kilometers from Landmannalauger to Thórsmörk*, is the most famous trek in Iceland and regularly listed as one of the “top dream hikes in the world“. I solo hiked this trail in July 2014 and was blown away by its surreal landscapes, challenging terrain, intense volcanic activity, and massive (melting) glaciers.
*Don’t even try to pronounce Icelandic names. It is futile.
If active steam vents, boiling mud pots, frigid glacial river crossings, and canyons of noxious sulphurous gases isn’t enough to whet your adventure whistle, stay tuned for the weather – Mother Nature displays the full spectrum of her power and beauty in Iceland, and the Laugavegur delivers fantastically on all measures.
Another wonderful thing about the Laugavegur trek is the mountain huts placed at strategic points along the trail, providing a cozy respite to take off your boots and enjoy the company of kindred, intrepid hikers.
One of these hidden gems is the Langidalur hut, nestled at the confluence of the Pronga and Krossá rivers. Imagine rounding a corner and descending into a lush, verdant mountain valley ringed by icy blue glaciers, having just traversed through four days of technicolor landscapes colored in pink, crimson red, gold, deep orange, and brilliant green.
You will make proclamations to nature, take way too many pictures, and then head straight for the Langidalur hut for a hot meal and warm company.
What’s so great about it?
The Langidalur hut is one of the smaller huts in Thórsmörk, so it’s a great choice for those who like a quieter experience with lots of homey charm. The sleeping quarters are spread amongst two rooms downstairs and a spacious loft upstairs, with single bunk bed spaces and double-size mattresses.
You can cook up a hearty meal in the large, well-equipped kitchen and exchange favorite trail moments with fellow travelers in the communal dining room. As a bonus, the dining room has very large windows looking directly out on the mighty Krossá river. The small onsite store sells basic essentials if you need resupplying (at a price!), and tidy bathroom facilities are a two-minute walk from the hut.
The best thing about the Langidalur hut is the close proximity to a variety of beautiful trails right out the front door. My favorite was Valahnúkur peak which has a great viewpoint over the entire valley and a front-row seat to the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. It last erupted in 2010 and disrupted air travel worldwide, so keep a close eye on it!
How to get there
By hiking the Laugavegur trail! It is also possible to ride the bus from Reyk, however as an outdoor enthusiast, I highly encourage taking the adventurous route. You’ll appreciate the Langidalur Hut so much more after days of hiking!
Recommended by Roxanne Kunz
Roxanne is an avid outdoorswoman and frequent female solo traveller. She is also a trail runner and racer and doesn’t mind getting her feet muddy in order to go the distance. She’s currently planning a trip to Switzerland for more outdoor adventures.