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Laufey Sigurðardóttir

I have always loved to travel in Iceland and to other places in the world. When I visit different countries, I especially love to get to know the local cultures and hike on beautiful, off the beaten paths. I started traveling in Iceland when I was young because my parents took every opportunity they had to get out and experience Icelandic nature. Exploring Iceland’s natural landscapes is very special. You get a sense of real vastness out in the highlands, and you can be mesmerized by the beauty of the little things, like a small creek or fragile arctic fauna that bravely faces the elements. Later in life, I continued my parent’s "work" when I had children.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I specialize in hiking / trekking in the Icelandic highlands. I also design tours to experience the wonders of Iceland, longer tours or short breaks."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I go out into Icelandic nature regularly to restore my energy. My passion for nature is why I started working for Icelandic Mountain Guides. I didn't hesitate when I was given the opportunity, especially because their environmental policy encourages every visitor to be a responsible traveler."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It's not easy to pick just one. However, I can say that my best moments have been related to the serenity and power of the Icelandic highlands. Nothing compares being alone or with good friends, your backpack, and tent in the middle of nowhere."

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Núpsstaðarskógar to Skaftafell Trek - 5 Days

If you only have a week in Iceland, consider this compact and well-timed tour. Bookended by two days in Reykjavik — one to get ready and one to relax and recover — the tour takes the best advantage of a limited schedule, while also showing you plenty of unforgettable natural wonders, including glaciers, mountains, valleys and an iconic waterfall.

The incredible skies of Iceland reflected in the crystal water
Laugavegur Hut-to-Hut Trek - 5 Days

Hike Iceland's best-known trail from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the south, through the Þórsmörk valley, and along the base of the world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. On the 35-mile-long Laugavegur trail, you'll see colorful rhyolite mountains, cross black sand deserts, venture into deep canyons, and hike between birch tree groves. After each long day of exploring, stay the night in cozy, rustic mountain huts.

Guide to Landmannalaugar: Where to Hike, Stay, and Play

Landmannalaugar is a geothermal wonderland in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, home to lava fields, hot pools, and steam puffs that rise from the earth. Hike among vibrantly hued mountains and explore highlands dotted with glaciers, black sand beaches, geysers, and waterfalls. Stunning and remote, this area is a perfect representation of all the Icelandic landscape has to offer.

Guide to Thorsmork - "Thor's Valley", Home to Some of Iceland's Most Striking Landscapes

Thorsmork is a mountain range nestled between major glaciers Tindfjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The ridge, named “Thor’s Valley” in Icelandic, is a dramatic landscape of towering peaks, glacier rivers, and black deserts. Craggy mountains and ice-topped peaks slope down to lush birch forests and mossy gulches. Luckily for visitors, it’s also home to some Iceland’s most beautiful hiking routes.

Hikers in Landmannalaugar
The Best Multi-Day Treks in Iceland

Iceland is a world-class hiking destination. Its colored mountains, green valleys, and windswept cliffs provide the perfect setting for epic multi-day hikes. Since most Icelanders live in and around Reykjavik, and most travelers stay close to the roads, the rest of the sparsely populated country offers plenty of room to roam. These multi-day treks cover some of the most beautiful places in Iceland.