Take day or weekend hiking tours during winter and longer tours in summer, across lava, glaciers, lakes and sand.
Iceland’s unique topography and endless variety of stunning landscapes make it a natural location for hiking. Hikers love to breathe in our fresh clean air and unveil the island’s natural mysteries filled with ancient lava formations, thundering waterfalls, black sand beaches, vibrant vegetation and outdoor hot springs.
The most popular hiking trail in Iceland is the 79 kilometer (49 mi) Laugavegur that stretches through the island’s uninhabited interior. Only open in summer, the well-worn trek has cozy huts along the way and the scenery is spectacular with colorful rhyolite mountains, hot springs and thermal vents, neon-green mosses, enormous ice caps and raging glacier-fed rivers.
There are several other favorite hiking spots located throughout the country including the picturesque Heidmork Nature Reserve located on the outskirts of Reykjavik which is known and loved by locals for its lush woodlands and beautiful wildflowers.
Skaftafell is Iceland’s most popular protected area, with good walking paths and varied glacial and forested scenery. Within Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO) and protected areas such as Myvatn in the north, there are marked paths ideal for day hikes. Another area that is attracting a growing number of backpackers is Hornstrandir in the extreme northwest, where unmarked trails link the beautiful fjords and bays of this rugged, uninhabited area.
The East Fjords district from Borgafjordur Eystri southwards and Lonsoraefi in the southwest both offer challenging and exquisite wilderness hiking. The Kjolur and Sprengisandur routes are tough but highly rewarding to part hike.
The most recent location for hiking enthusiasts is the area surrounding the now famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Here trekkers can see for themselves the aftermath of the 2010 eruption with brand new lava formations and land freshly sculpted by floodwater from the melting glacier.
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