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The Laugavegur
September 1, 2007, 3:04 pm
Filed under: Storytelling

When in Reykjavik, you cannot (or should not) miss the main shopping street, the Laugavegur – the laundry road. Not all tourists know that there is another road in Iceland, called Laugavegur, a 52 km footpath from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk.

During the last four days, I walked this path along with 24 students, two teachers and one 19 year old SARS member. You should know that walking this stretch of land is considered a rite of passage of sorts in Iceland, for many reasons I’d like to explore. For one, you walk. Whether you carry everything with you (15 kg backpack) or have somebody take the bulk of your luggage to the different hut’s, you are in for 10 – 15 km walks each day through varied landscape. You have hills and rivers, desert and forrest and an odd mountain you may climb. There are glaciers, a lake, hot springs and even an obsidian field.

You can camp or you can rent a cot in a hut, share the night with strangers. However you go, how fast you go (from three nights/four days walk to a 5 – 8 hour marathon), you’re in for an adventure.

Obviously, walking the Laugavegur with young boys aged 13 is a challenge. And we were challenged, but in a good way. Four days walking is like a smelteroven – you learn the strengths and weaknesses of the individuals – and yourself. If things go well, the boys will trust you. If not, well, good luck and prepare for long nights awake.

I learned that if you can cook and tell stories, things tend to go well. They liked my mashed potatoes, my fried fish, my stories from the church and the stories of Nasreddin Hoja. Some even liked my ramblings about the Second World War.

One of my fellow teachers commented, that this was the first time she walked the Laugavegur without doing any shopping. It was also her first time to walk the Laugavegur hike. Pictures will be posted as soon as they are developed and scanned.


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