Hiking with Halla: Laugavegur

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Nature child Halla loves outdoor activities such as rock climbing, biking and hiking. She sometimes works as a private tour guide taking people on hiking journeys out in the wilderness of Iceland and spices it up with spiritual events, yoga, meditation practise and lots of humor. Halla is currently planning a five (5) day trip through Laugavegur, Iceland‘s most popular hiking trail, for the adventurous and single. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgender and straight people are welcome to sign up.

Landmannalaugar – Álftavatn – Emstrur – Þórsmörk – Eyjafjallajökull/ Skógar

  • Drive: 150 min from Reykjavik
  • Terrain: Rough lava fields, snow, smooth trails, crossing rivers
  • 5 days backpack trip
  • Sleep in a tent
  • Total average trip per day 4 – 6 hours
  • Height gain: ~1200 meter
  • Price per person: A total of 25.000 ISK for 5 days or 5.000 ISK per day.

This is a 5 days trip that I have done few times in the past and now I’m planning on going from 5th – 9th of July. This trip is going to be a bit special because I’m gathering a group of people who have two things in common. One is that everybody loves hiking and two everybody is single. But by the end of the trip some of the members might not be single anymore. The trip will be filled with entertaining supplements, yoga, meditation and story telling filled with laughter. So basically this is a modern way of gathering single nature loving people on a journey with the aim of sharing each other’s company with open heart, humor and the will to create real pleasure and joy out of an adventure.

So if you are single and feeling adventurous sign up for the tour. Gays, lesbians, bisexual, transgender and straight people are welcome to join. You simply buy your own food supplies, campsite fee and share cost of shipping extra food into Básar, apart from the 5.000 ISK price per day or a total of 25.000 ISK for the tour guide, that would be me. Of course you will have to pay your own bus ticket from destination Reykjavik-Landmannalaugar and Skógar-Reykjavik. To sign up or get more details simply send an email to me on hallahimintungl@gmail.com before the 29th of June. Tell me a little bit about yourself, when you plan to arrive in Iceland, how experienced a hiker you are and if you are keen to share a tent with other hikers on the trip.

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We will start this trip  at Landmannalaugar which is located in the highlands of Iceland. There we can take a bath in natural hot springs and even a short hike in the area before the actual hike starts (only for those who have good endurance, the rest of the group can chill in the hot springs while the active ones hike in the area). Then we start hiking from Landmannalaugar to Álftavatn where we camp out. It‘s a wonderful journey. You can expect some snow on the trails and we gain heights of ca 800 m.

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For the active ones we can hike around the area in Álftavatn. Then we continue hiking to Emstrur where there will be few rivers to cross. So it’s good to have extra shoes and plastic bags for those occasions. On the way we will also wander through black deserts, rather stunning landscape. We camp out at Emstrur.

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From Emstrur we hike towards Básar in Þórsmörk, where we camp out for two nights. On the way we will pass by an amazing and sublime canyon called Markarfljót. Again we will have to cross some glacier rivers. It is wonderful to hike there in the daytime. We will also have a stock of food in Básar. So this is going to be a nice fiesta for BBQ and grand meals and beverage for those who like to make a proper ”skál”, that is a toast to celebrate this beautiful destination.

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A lovely day hike in Básar in Þórsmörk. There are truly many hiking trails and options to choose from. Participants can make their free choice of where to go on day four. We will simply view them all once we are there. But to name few you can hike to Valahnjúkur 468 m. Stakkholtsgjá wich is a beautiful little creek with a little stream in it. Tindfjöll, Húsadalur and Hvannárgil just to name few. Overnight again in Básar.

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We hike from Básar to the top of Eyjafjallajökull, the glacier which is mostly famous for erupting in 2010 and causing many international (as well as domestic) flights getting cancelled for almost one month. It is stunning to hike through this area. The lava is still warm and you will see heat strokes steaming up from the lava. Highest gain ca 1200 m. We will end the trip in Skógar where we take a bus back to Reykjavík.

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There is a stove at the camp site to cook food but it is recommended that you take a little travelling primus with you to make hot drinks and cook dry food packs. Also please remember that everybody is responsible for their own luggage.

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  1. Never start a long hike in new hiking boots. Make sure you have proper hiking boots that you are used to walking in and a first aid kit that includes lots of band aids or so-called second skin. Second skin can be put on your feet in case you get blisters from walking.
  2. Bring food that is easy to carry. If you hike for more than one day then take some dry fruits with you and “flatcakes/flat bread” instead of wheat bread as the bread gets moldy rather quickly during hikes.
  3. For two or more days take with you: A tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mattress, back pack, first aid kit (see above), toilet bag, 1 toilet paper roll, food, drinks, sun glasses, extra shoes to wade rivers, water bottle, lighter, mobile phone and charger, hiking canes or sticks, which are good when wading rivers and also to take off pressure from the knees and hips when going downhill, pocket knife, duct tape, earplugs, towel, sewing kit, warm clothes and clothes that are wind and water proofed. Comfortable hiking boots that you are used to (see above). Good spirit and lots of laughter.
  4. In case of emergency always leave your travelling plan and mobile number with someone in town, so they can follow-up on you and send out rescue team in a worst case scenario.
  5. If you are hiking in an area that you are not familiar with, rule number one is to ask the locals about the area and make sure you have updated weather forecast before starting the journey.

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Halla has been working as a healer for over 20 years. She is a certified Reiki master, Hypnosis Therapist, Astrology Reader, Bowen therapist and loves to practice yoga and meditation. During summer time she performs Shamanic drum healing journeys out in the beautiful nature of Iceland in a tipi tent.  One of her speciality is hypnosis by healing the inner child with focus on rejection, improving the self-image and building up more confidence, success, increased love and happiness within oneself. Since 1996 Halla’s interest in reading western astrology has flourished over the years. She was an Assistant Schoolmaster at the Icelandic Astrology School from 2009 to 2011. Halla worked as a social worker in Iceland for 8 years with a main focus on empowering family ties and working with youth at risk.

For further information, check out  Halla’s website www.magicmoonhealer.com

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The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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        Ísey skyr
        - once tasted never forgotten

        Our Story
        Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

        For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

        Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
        This is our secret and you are in on it

        You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

        Núðluskálin
        - noodle bar

        Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

        All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
        We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
        Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

        Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

        Seatours
        - adventure cruise

        Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
        and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

        The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

        600x400-seatours-tasting

        This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

        600x400-seatours

        The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

        Birds, possible to spot:
        -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
        -eider ducks
        -shags
        -kittiwakes
        -fulmars
        -white-tailed eagle

        The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
        Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

        Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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