Friday, July 12, 2013

The Best Hiking Trails: Laugavegurinn, Iceland

National Geographic asked 20 big-time hikers and mountaineers about their favorite hiking trails, and the result is a terrific feature. I want to do this:
the one trail I have done that I put at the top of my list is Laugavegurinn in Iceland. This 50-mile trail is stunning in every respect and packs in more variety in 50 miles than most trails offer in 500. 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 volcano that stopped flights between the U.S. and Europe in 2010—you will descend into the valley of Thórsmörk (Thor's wood). 

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