Hiking & Trekking

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The mountain view from Reykjavík is simply stunning. The capital is surrounded by mountains you can hike from nearly all sides—Mt. Esja and the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier...
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I can’t think of a better long weekend than trekking in remote wilderness areas with a group of good friends. In that vein, I recently went trekking in the Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Range, right in the middle of the Icelandic Highlands. What a weekend.
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The Fimmvörðuháls Trek is one of Iceland's most popular hiking trails. In this article, I explain how to hike this 13 mile long trail on your own in just one day.
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If you like hiking, Iceland is the perfect destination. There are numerous great treks in Iceland but the Laugavegur Highland Trek is probably the most popular — for a good reason!
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Iceland's highest peak is a popular - but strenuous - day hike over a glacier that's becoming more and more popular to do with a guided tour. Here's an overview of one such adventure.
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Hiking in Iceland's unpredictable weather, remote nature and snow-covered peaks is a great adventure. However, things can change quickly. This article tells you what you need to know.
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Hiking and backpacking in the remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is nothing short of spectacular but its also a logistical challenge. Here's my take on how to do it over 4-6 days in June or July.
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If you are into hiking in the wilderness, this is day tour is a fantastic option. You will drive from Egilsstaðir in the Eastfjords and then hike for 9–10 hours while enjoying the stunning scenery. This hike is truly a hidden gem!
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Walking on a the largest glacier in Europe is a great adventure for everyone looking to get up-close and personal with the Icelandic nature. This one is a great tour accessible for everyone fit for an easy hike.
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Located in the Highlands of Iceland, Kerlingarfjöll Mountains are a unique destination. There are various options for hikes and there are several geothermal pools to bathe in in the area.
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The Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass is a 23 km/13 m long hiking trail in South Iceland. It's a very popular trail, probably due to the gorgeous scenery along the way. Here's an inspiring and yet informative article about this unique hike.
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There are several hiking routes around Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, and each has it’s own appeal. In Skaftafell you are guaranteed to have a memorable hike, and here are some of our favorite routes.
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The Thorsmork area is an nature paradise in South Iceland which offers endless possibilities for short and long hikes, mountain biking, camping and more.
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Excellent trekking guide for the renowned 3-4 day trek through Iceland's highlands, including some great tips and practical information to help you plan your adventure.
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Iceland's most famous multi-day trek, the Laugavegur has become very popular amongst travelers and locals alike. This guide provides good details about the trail.
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Spending three days in one of Iceland's most remote areas to hike and explore wildlife is something you'll never forget. Accommodation and transport is included in this three-day tour.
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Drive to the Þórsmörk Nature Reserve in a Super Jeep and hike through the stunning landscape with a local guide.
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It is hard to find a more photogenic opportunity in Iceland than the insides of a stunning blue ice cave in the largest glacier in Europe. This is a great hiking and sightseeing combo adventure tour worth checking out.
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Hvannadalshnjúkur is Iceland's tallest summit. The peak, which is 6900 feet high, is located in Vatnajökull Glacier in southeast Iceland. Climbing Hvannadalshnjúkur is challenging and a professional guide is needed.
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This inspiring blog post is full of beautiful photos and colourful descriptions of the Kerlingarfjöll area in the Highlands of Iceland.
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The Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail is a around 15 miles long — it is possible to split the hike between two days or complete it in one day. In my opinion, this hike is ideal to experience the best of Iceland's nature.
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Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the most remote places in Iceland, being located at the northernmost tip of the Westfjords. Hornstrandir's dramatic cliffs and raw beauty will take your breath away while you hike along the seaside.
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Lónsörævi is still mostly not on the map for most tourists visiting Iceland. It's a hidden gem which we highly recommend if you're up for an adventure - it's hard to get to!
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The nature reserve in Lónsöræfi is a remote, off-the-beaten-track, hidden gem in Southeast Iceland. A wilderness adventure like few others.
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This article provides a great overview of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve: What to expect and how to access this remote wilderness paradise.
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A local's guide describing nine great hiking options in and around Ásbyrgi Canyon in North Iceland, ranging from one hour to two days.
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Detailed info about Iceland's most popular multi-day hike.
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After visiting Kerlingarfjöll mountain range for the first time, I decided to write a very thorough article about my experience. I hope you'll find it helpful!
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A very informative article about the amazing Laugavegur trek in the Icelandic Highlands.
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Burfell is a small mountain close to Reykjavik. This blogger hiked the mountain in November and shares his knowledge and experience in this helpful blog post.
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Latrabjarg is one of the biggest bird cliffs in the world. Hiking along the edge is truly amazing, especially for bird-lovers.
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Glacier walk is one of the most popular activity in Iceland - and for a good reason. You get up close and personal with the glacier cap on this insightful and fun glacier hiking experience.
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Ever been on a glacier? If not, going on a glacier hike in Iceland is sort of a must-do. This experience features an easy glacier walk with an option for people to try out their ice-climbing skills with an expert guide.
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When people ask me about my favourite towns in Iceland, Seyðisfjörður in the Eastfjords of Iceland, is the town that usually first comes to mind.
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Skaftafell National Park is undoubtedly one of Iceland's most beautiful regions: The majestic Vatnajökull Glacier towers over green valleys in the east and vast black sands in the south.
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Iceland's youngest volcano, Eldfell, was formed in a volcanic eruption in Vestmannaeyjar Islands in the year 1973. A visit to Vestmannaeyjar, including this rather short hike up Mount Eldfell, is unforgettable.
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The hike to Glymur is an excellent half-day hike in Hvalfjordur, only about an hour outside of Reykjavik and a short-detour from the ring road.
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It is hard not to notice Mt. Esja when you're in Reykjavik. This beautiful mountain is a favourite amongst locals and it's a surprisingly easy and fun to hike. The view from the top isn't bad either.
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There are numerous famous waterfalls in Iceland, not all easily accessible. When my girlfriend was visiting Iceland for the first time I took her to one of my favourite secret locations.
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Are you thinking about going to the highlands of Iceland? Check out this informative article about Kjölur, Strýtur and Hveravellir which are all breathtaking destinations in the highlands.
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Kjalvegur is a higland hike that is no less interesting than the Laugavegur with stunning landscape and gorgeous glacier view.
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Are you planning on hiking the Laugavegur highland trail? Here are some brief tips and info for you to read before you hit the road.
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A detailed guide with everything you need to know about hiking up to Reykjadalur, a hot spring river perfect for bathing in the nature!
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Autumn leaves are not a common sight in Iceland, but there are a few great options. Most people go to Thingvellir, a national park rich in history and tourists, but the alternative is Heiðmörk which is closer to Reykjavik.
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This article explains how to prepare for a certain hike in Iceland, close to the Vatnajökull Glacier. I actually think it can by applied to most hikes in Iceland, the Laugavegur hike for instance.
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You really don't need a rental car to reach popular hiking trails in Iceland. Here's an article about the 5 best hiking trails that can easily be reached using public transport.
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Having hiked to the top of Mt. Snæfell myself, I can assure you it is well worth the effort on a good day! If you are looking for a great guided hike up the mountain, this local-guided tour is your best option.
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Keilir is a unique volcano in Reykjanes peninsula, just forty minutes away from Reykjavik. If you are interested in hiking Keilir, here's a helpful article.
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You don't have to go far from the city to connect with Mother Nature. There are numerous options for hikes just minutes away from the capital.
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Heiðmörk is a forested parkland just 30 minutes away from Reykjavik. The area is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities and hasn't been discovered by tourists yet.
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Hiking in the Highlands of Iceland is a unique experience. If you love hiking, you should consider some of these highland treks suggested in this article.
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Thjofafoss Waterfall is absolutely beautiful, despite being relatively unknown. It is situated in remote mountainous landscape in South Iceland but it is well worth a detour. More info in this blog post.
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Travel story featuring a winter hike up Mt. Armannsfell near the Thingvellir national park in southwest Iceland.
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Excellent overview of a glacier hike and ice climbing tour by a visiting travel blogger. Great photos and tons of adventure!
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If you're looking for a few relatively easy winter day-hikes near Reykjavik, here are a few great options.
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A personal travel story infused with some vivid photos about a trip to Fjallsárjökull Glacier in Southeast Iceland.
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Right next to the more popular Esja, you'll find the mountain Móskarðshnjúkar - Loved by many locals who prefer a less crowded hike on a good day.
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This is hands down the most inspiring article I've read about the Laugavegur Trek. I feel like packing my bags right now!
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Reykjafell Hiking Trail is quite close to Reykjavik city. It's just over 4 miles and the highest peak is 935 ft.
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This is the first detailed article I read about the Kjolur trail, which I'm going to hike later this summer. If you want to avoid the crowds on the Laugavegur trail, Kjolur is an excellent alternative.
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This article is a must-read if you intend to hike during your stay in Iceland. Conditions in Iceland aren't exactly gentle so there's some equipment that you NEED to bring with you to stay safe!
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Iceland is one of few places in the world where you can go glacier hiking. Here's an article about glacier hiking in Vatnajökull National Park, in the southeastern part of the country.
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If you like hiking and are visiting Iceland in the summertime, you should check out the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail. This 13-mile-long hike can be done in one or two days.
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If you are looking to understand what you will experience on a glacier walk in Iceland with a local tour operator, this is a great overview with some beautiful photos.
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Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, is located on the southeast corner of Iceland. If you want to give your roadtrip around Iceland an adventurous twist, you should make a stop at Vatnajökull and go take an unforgettable hike.
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While not even close to a complete list, this article gives a good overview of a few noteworthy and photogenic mountains worth checking out on your trip.
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Solid description of what to expect on the Fimmvörðuháls Trek in Southern Iceland, along with some great photos of this trek.
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If you're looking to go on a glacier hiking tour in Vatnajokull Glacier, this article shares a solid perspective of one such tour, what to expect and what you will see.
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Hiking in Iceland is fantastic, but the conditions here might be different to what you're used to. Good preparation and the right gear is absolutely necessary, especially if you will be hiking on your own.
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Seljavallalaug is the first swimming pool that was built in Iceland. The pool, which is located near Seljalandsfoss in South Iceland and filled with warm geothermal water, is still relatively undiscovered by tourists.