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Updated for the 2020 trekking season! We are now donating 10% of the proceeds from this book to Landvernd, an Icelandic NGO focused on protecting Iceland's tremendous natural beauty. Check out our facebook page (The Laugavegur Trail) for pictures and updated trail conditions. The Laugavegur Trail is a thorough, but lighthearted guide to Iceland's most famous and popular bac Updated for the 2020 trekking season! We are now donating 10% of the proceeds from this book to Landvernd, an Icelandic NGO focused on protecting Iceland's tremendous natural beauty. Check out our facebook page (The Laugavegur Trail) for pictures and updated trail conditions. The Laugavegur Trail is a thorough, but lighthearted guide to Iceland's most famous and popular backpacking trek. The guide provides you with all the logistical information you will need to plan and execute your hike while also providing beautiful, annotated panoramas, basic maps, and anecdotal stories that provide great insight and regional context for the journey. The book is complimented well by the Serkort #4 (Landmannalaugar Fjallabak) 1:100,000 topographic map. If you are looking for some recreational reading while on the path, I encourage you to check out my fantasy novel, called "Laugavegur: A Novel" (available through Amazon). It is paced well for trail reading and will give you some easter eggs to go looking for along the way.


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Updated for the 2020 trekking season! We are now donating 10% of the proceeds from this book to Landvernd, an Icelandic NGO focused on protecting Iceland's tremendous natural beauty. Check out our facebook page (The Laugavegur Trail) for pictures and updated trail conditions. The Laugavegur Trail is a thorough, but lighthearted guide to Iceland's most famous and popular bac Updated for the 2020 trekking season! We are now donating 10% of the proceeds from this book to Landvernd, an Icelandic NGO focused on protecting Iceland's tremendous natural beauty. Check out our facebook page (The Laugavegur Trail) for pictures and updated trail conditions. The Laugavegur Trail is a thorough, but lighthearted guide to Iceland's most famous and popular backpacking trek. The guide provides you with all the logistical information you will need to plan and execute your hike while also providing beautiful, annotated panoramas, basic maps, and anecdotal stories that provide great insight and regional context for the journey. The book is complimented well by the Serkort #4 (Landmannalaugar Fjallabak) 1:100,000 topographic map. If you are looking for some recreational reading while on the path, I encourage you to check out my fantasy novel, called "Laugavegur: A Novel" (available through Amazon). It is paced well for trail reading and will give you some easter eggs to go looking for along the way.

35 review for The Laugavegur Trail: A Hiking Companion to Iceland's Famous Trek

  1. 4 out of 5

    Aurelian

    Just did the Laugavegur trail and used this book as a companion. We were lucky and had almost perfect weather for 4 days out of 5 somewhere in mid July in what they described as the worse Icelandic summer ever recorded. Things I did expect to find in detail in the book but where treated superficial: - map of the trail: some google earth screenshots only - gear: specially useful for people not having experience with multi-day hikes or colder climates. With each day that passes, it's understandable Just did the Laugavegur trail and used this book as a companion. We were lucky and had almost perfect weather for 4 days out of 5 somewhere in mid July in what they described as the worse Icelandic summer ever recorded. Things I did expect to find in detail in the book but where treated superficial: - map of the trail: some google earth screenshots only - gear: specially useful for people not having experience with multi-day hikes or colder climates. With each day that passes, it's understandable that this kind of book gets behind of what you'll encounter on the trail. For example, at Álftavatn camping site there's a restaurant/bar opened. Obviously, overpriced due to the remote nature of the place but the food is amazingly good. Or at least it seamed that way after a rainy day of hiking. Also, you can now pay with credit cards at most of the locations on the trail (like camping sites/huts), so you won't need that much cash with you, maybe some in case of emergency. Like others said, the trail itself could have been more in the center of this book, but I think the author wanted us, the hikers to go out and discover those hidden beauties. Finally, there's a funny story behind: in the plane to Iceland I realized I forgot to pack the hard-copy of the book. So, I went to the hassle of buying the kindle version and installing kindle on my mobile phone. But telling your hike companions stories about endless basalt flats was really worth it.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ensor

    This slim book is a witty, intelligent ideal pocket companion to the Laugavegur trails that gives a strong sense of place and likely conditions. It clearly explains volcanic formations and phenomena and shows what to look for. It also points out the dangers. It'll be a couple of years before I can get anywhere near Laugavegur but in the meantime this is travel for the mind. This slim book is a witty, intelligent ideal pocket companion to the Laugavegur trails that gives a strong sense of place and likely conditions. It clearly explains volcanic formations and phenomena and shows what to look for. It also points out the dangers. It'll be a couple of years before I can get anywhere near Laugavegur but in the meantime this is travel for the mind.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    My wife and I hiked the Laugavegur Trail this summer and Brian Zimmer’s self-published ‘companion’ was a great help. Of course, it’s one of only perhaps two Laugavegur guides available in English, so options are limited. If you’re planning to hike this trail, this is an invaluable, but not comprehensive, resource. The document feels like it may well have grown out of a scene-setter or notes pamphlet put together for the undergrads he brings out here every summer for field geology experience. As My wife and I hiked the Laugavegur Trail this summer and Brian Zimmer’s self-published ‘companion’ was a great help. Of course, it’s one of only perhaps two Laugavegur guides available in English, so options are limited. If you’re planning to hike this trail, this is an invaluable, but not comprehensive, resource. The document feels like it may well have grown out of a scene-setter or notes pamphlet put together for the undergrads he brings out here every summer for field geology experience. As such, it has excellent background information about the area and the logistics of getting to and from the trailheads (including some limited but good practical advice on getting around Iceland more generally, underpinned by his personal experience). But, geology professor that he is, the bulk of the text is devoted to the fascinating volcanic landscapes, panorama and features founds along the trail. What will disappoint those looking for a true ‘guide-book’ is that the trail itself is most of the time a strangely absent character, making only cameo appearances at river crossings, campsites and occasional dodgy bits requiring careful footwork. A few days after we came off the trail at Skógafoss, we actually saw the author’s charter van in the campsite at Skaftafell National Park – my wife wanted to run after him waving the book and shouting “you didn’t tell us we’d be walking over so much snow!” But that was hardly his fault – last winter was apparently an unusually harsh one. A couple of notes to hikers: -- We bought the map he recommended, but it didn’t get that much use, as the trail was usually either so well signposted and crowded that it wasn’t necessary, or visibility was so restricted by fog, rain and snow that it was useless. Finding the path in and around the campsites was usually the biggest trouble, and this is where I really would have liked better text directions from the book. Though with a little asking around, we always figured it out in the end. In Þórsmörk, the trails get so complex that the map was again useless (due to insufficient detail) and again the book was no help. -- The advice to bring a GPS (with waypoints loaded as well as locations of shelter) is good to heed – we found ourselves on top of the Fimmvörðuháls pass with only about 50yds visibility, following footsteps in the snow and trying to keep track of the way-markers. We were fine thanks to there being so many people up there, but had we gotten disoriented or off the path, not having a reliable navigation system would have gotten very dangerous very quickly. The device is worth the extra weight on this one.

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