Hiking in Iceland

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What to do in Iceland?

Iceland is one of Europe’s fastest growing tourist destinations and with so much beauty, variety and culture, it’s no wonder that tourists keep returning to the island. If you haven’t yet been and are wondering if Iceland is for you, be inspired our top 5 reasons to travel to Iceland:

  • For a trip that’s suitable for any age or traveller. Whether you’re travelling with children, with friends, as a couple or going solo, Iceland is the perfect destination. Children and adults alike will be blown away by the dramatic cliffs of the fjords or the thrill of seeing a whale up close.
  • For a culture trip. Reykjavik is well known for its artsy atmosphere and you will notice this as soon as you step foot in this cool city, with cool bars, cafes, museums, galleries and shops around every corner.
  • For delicious food. Stay in Reykjavik for a taste of haute cuisine in any of the cool, minimalistic restaurants that are becoming famous here, or go off the beaten track; going on a fishing trip in the afternoon to catch your evening meal. Iceland’s fresh seafood is unbeatable and this alone is well worth the trip!
  • For an experience of Iceland’s animals. See the wild ponies that roam the fjords here as you hike around this incredible location. Visit the westman islands to see the famous puffins that live here in their hundreds. Go on a once in a lifetime cruise to see the whales and killer whales that live in the waters surrounding Iceland.  
  • For more natural beauty than you’ve ever seen. Visit one of the many stunning waterfalls, fjords, villages, beaches, cities or forests here, which are almost entirely untouched. Godafoss, meaning ‘the waterfall of the gods’ is just one unmissable spot, why not have a picnic here to truly enjoy it. The black sand beach is just one example of an incredible Icelandic cove, with so many more, such as Diamond Beach.
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Start planning your Iceland hiking adventure

Iceland is one of the world’s most striking countries. With its remote location in the north Atlantic Ocean, it’s a nation that captivates and fascinates travelers from all over the world. From its famous geysers and epic waterfalls to the awe-inspiring northern lights, it’s hard not to fall in love with the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’.

What makes Iceland a great destination for hiking?

Hiking in Iceland is the best way to see this country’s striking scenery up close. There's no better way to get to know this country than by exploring its diverse and unique landscape on foot. You don’t have to travel far out of Reykjavik to find some tremendous hiking routes, but no matter where you go, you’ll discover a unique landscape and some truly spectacular natural wonders.

The best places to go hiking in Iceland

With dormant volcanoes, black sand beaches, and hidden freshwater lagoons, hiking is an excellent way to explore all that Iceland has to offer. These are some of the best hikes in Iceland.

Take the spectacular trek to Glymur

Iceland has countless beautiful waterfalls, but this one is just a short trip north from capital Reykjavik. Walk through the Hvalfjordur valley, via two river crossings and a cave, to Glymur's cascading waters. This is Iceland's second-tallest waterfall, measuring 650 feet high.

Explore beautiful Landmannalaugar

Known as ‘the Pearl of the Highlands’, Landmannalaugar's peaks tower over various hiking trails. Among southern Iceland's most picturesque settings, the area's settlements date back to the Viking age. Hike amid lava fields and alongside crater lakes, before taking a dip in a natural hot spring.

On top of the world on Mount Esja

Breathe in the pure mountain air from the summit of Mount Esja, also known as Esjan. Well-maintained routes take you along terrain of varying difficulties, but your hiking efforts are well worth it. The views en route are spectacular, and the panoramic vista of the Reykjavik skyline is your reward at the top.

Take on the Askja Trail

This multi-day excursion is a favorite for local hikers and visitors alike. The goal is Askja, one of Iceland's most spectacular calderas. On the route, you'll encounter the moonlike landscape of the country's largest continuous lava field, with numerous volcanic peaks and rocky terrain.

Embark on the epic Laugavegur Trail

At the top of many hikers’ bucket lists, the Laugavegur trail is one of the world's finest. Taking several days to complete, you’ll trek across a geothermal landscape past volcanoes and glaciers. Bring your camera—the immaculate natural beauty on this hike is like nowhere else.

Tips for planning a hiking tour in Iceland

Hiking in Iceland requires preparation. The country has famously unpredictable weather even in summer, so make sure to bring warm layered clothing, sufficient water and food, a first aid kit, and a good pair of walking boots, especially in the winter. Always check the latest trail and weather advisories for updated information. Visit during the winter months, and you may see the northern lights, while summer offers near-endless daylight.

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