We woke up at the crack of dawn (5:30 am) in the chilly morning. It was to be our first day on the Laugavegur trail. With unfavorable weather in the forecast for later in the afternoon, we wanted to pack up our camp and get an early start on our 24 km day of hiking, so as to avoid the rain.
The day’s hike was a challenging one (just the way I like it) filled with plenty of incline, endless soft snow, our first river crossing. We ate lunch at a hut overlooking Brennisteinsalda mountain after 4 hours of trudging uphill in the snow.
Then, we continued on for another 4.5 hours over rolling terrain. With tan, peach and pink mountains, vivid green and black rolling hills contrasted by white snow all around, today’s hike was just as colorful as yesterday’s.
Luckily for us, though angry clouds started to form around noon, the sun continued to shine, and we managed to escape the rain until later in the afternoon. It rained just enough to keep us thankful for the previous several hours of hiking in the sunshine. After successfully completing our first river crossing, we arrived at Álftavatn lake to a tent full of coffee and snacks, which we enjoyed while Gulli cooked us tomato soup, cod with creamy pepper sauce, rice and salad for dinner.
It was another late night of laughs and good stories in the dinner tent, as Gulli told us about winter in Iceland and in his hometown.
Just as the clouds parted over the lake, I crawled into my tent with a view of the pyramid mountain. It would be our only night camping at Álftavatn, but I think this was my favorite camping spot of the whole trip.