Ok blogging is way less important to me when I already instagram, email and kakao call people. Plus doing it on a smartphone makes it hard. Plus some of the better pics are on my camera. So sorry about short and sporadic posts!
We finished the four day hike. The third and fourth day, I seriously thought I had permanently damaged my feet. Luckily now my feet feel normal. And there is a muscle behind my knee that feels really worn out but I am choosing to ignore it.
The hike we did is called Laugavegur and starts in landmannalaugar and ends in thorsmork. You’ll see volcano lava fields, glaciers, lakes, rivers, incredible greenery, mountains… half the time I had no idea what I was looking at. What I thought were clouds were actually glaciers. I couldn’t believe I was seeing such expansive glaciers right before me. Amazing.
My favorite days were probably the second (hike to alftavatni) the first (hike to hrafntinnusker) the fourth (hike to thorsmork) and lastly the third day (hike to emstrur). We booked huts w feroafelg islands. The tourbooks all say to book well in advance and I think we did it… a week or two before. HA I would not recommend waiting so long if you do not want to be waiting on the edge of your seat everyday to see how they will respond to your requested dates.
The huts were really nice and came w bunks or mattresses (you need to bring your own sleeping bag) and gas stoves. I luxuriously took a shower on all possible nights (2nd 3rd and 4th nights) and it probably cost me $13 in total. I decided I may not be able to afford too much in life but I should be able to afford a daily shower.
There was a large tour group but we always left and arrived earlier than them. There were also groups of travelers we slowly became acquainted with because you would see them day after day. There was Hank and Hannah, two siblings from texas basically on Hannah’s college graduation gift from their parents. There was a Belgian family, the mom was the only other person I noticed who also took as many showers as I did. There was a solo traveler from reunion island, originally from France. She moved very quickly and independently. There were two ladies who did the trek in two days; their husbands drove their gear from place to place. One of them actually overheard that I was from Arcadia and told me she had been born in Pasadena and lives in Arcadia. How crazy is that! She would call out “hello there miss arcadia!” When she passed me on the trail.
We ate mac and cheese, freeze dried spaghetti, chicken teriyaki, chicken soup, and fajita mix. A ton of pb sandwiches and oatmeal. Trader joes granola and power bars.
My takeaways are : camelbaks are AMAZING. I love my hiking boots which Robyn forced me buy. I did not ever wear my waterproof jacket. Crossing rivers of glacial water is a terrible thing and I don’t think I gained any life experience from it. But the landscape was gorgeous.
I can’t do the hike justice w my words or even pictures. We luckily had sunshine the first day, overcast the second day, light rain the third and light rain and wind the fourth. The fourth day felt the longest just because of the wind but I think we could have had much worse weather and got off easy.
Total length 54km aka 33mi. 12, 12, 15 and 15km each day.
I had never carried a pack before so that was the main challenge for me. Now it’s just a pleasant memory!
We took the bus from thorsmork back to Reykjavik around 8am. Got back around noon and got our rental car. The first meal post hike was … Subway. LOL. I usually feel like I experience culture via food but not in Iceland. It is just too expensive. I think a couple of splurges here and there will do the trick.
We then drove up through trollaskagi peninsula, meant to be a beautiful drive reminiscent of the westfjords which we unfortunately don’t have time for. But fog rolled in and we saw nothing. There was a brief moment when the fog let up and I looked over to my right and exclaimed “omg there’s a mountain right next to us!”
We stayed in a very quiet town called siglufjorour. Cute but not much going on. I was convinced a serial killer would come after us but here I am still alive.
Today we drove onto lake mvyatn. To be honest … it’s just a lake. I’m getting too spoiled but lava fields are losing their appeal.
We did watch a daddy duck fish and bring food to its two ducklings hiding under the wing of the mother duck. SO adorable!
We did baths along the road… the most famous one is blue lagoon in Reykjavik but this one is far less touristy. I wouldn’t mind not going to blue lagoon now that I’ve been to this one. The backdrop includes mountains, a lake and a volcano so pretty freaking amazing.
When I walked into the pool I went “whoa too hot!” And tried to step back. Unfortunately I was on an algae covered path and ended up slipping and just falling into the peaceful pool. Caroline said it was pretty much a perfect fall.
Now we are in the town of Akuyeri which is considered a city. We walked through all two blocks of the city center. I actually do love it. There is an adorable cafe we caved and purchased desserts to sit and relax. Swiss mocha for me, brownie for Caroline. This was more proof that my main road to happiness is a cute cafe.
I cannot believe I just wrote all that via smartphone. The things you can accomplish if you set your mind to it…