Iceland

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Iceland - by Henk

This rugged North Atlantic island offers great hiking through surprising nature. Vast lava fields spread out next to massive glaciers. Hot streams emerge from boiling springs. Giant waterfalls come roaring down and of course the famous geysers blow hot steam high into the air at regular intervals. For any hiker who loves wide expanses of clear empty sky, phenomenal views and remoteness. Everything in this country is bigger, larger, more colourful, and wetter. Iceland is paradise.

The volcanic most active part of the island is a band running from the south west to the north east.

There are numerous hiking trails in different parts of Iceland, but not all are clearly waymarked. Given frequent fog and the remoteness of Icelandic nature in general, it is necessary that you always know how to use map and compass. Don’t believe people who argue that a compass will be impaired by the local magnetism: not true. A GPS receiver, and plenty of spare batteries, comes in handy too. The most popular routes pass mountain huts at a day’s hike distance. Make reservations in advance. Always bring your own sleeping bag and food.

The most popular routes are:

  • Laugavegur, between active volcanos, glaciers and colourful mountains;
  • Kjalvegur, a trading route in the remote interior.

Also think of these good hiking area’s

  • Þingvellir, the historic lake and pleasant surroundings;
  • Mývatn, a beloved lake in the north;
  • The eastern fjords;
  • The giant glacier Vatnajökull, with many trails around it;
  • The very very lonely north coast;
  • Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, with its immense waterfalls and spectacular canyons;
  • Hornstrandir, the fjord like north western peninsula.

Although Iceland is not as cold a place as it sounds, hikers must be prepared for frequent and sudden weather changes and fog during all seasons. Also you may have to wade across rivers, and this can be dangerous. The summer months (mid June to mid September) are best for hiking. Prepare well.

Opinions

Rate 8.0 | 3 votes | No 6. in Europe
  • Hiking Is Good July 2017
  • Rate 8
  • Positive Perfect fo hiking. One of the last pieces on wilderness in the "Western World"
  • Negative There aren't many forests; it could get very windy; very expensive country
  • pc22 November 2012
  • Rate 8
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Trails

Regions

Books

Cicerone Press
United Kingdom
2016
  • Walking and Trekking in Iceland
  • This guidebook to walking routes in Iceland offers 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks including the classic Laugavegur Trail. The total of 100 days of routes described cater for most abilities, from waymarked walks to challenging glacier crossings. Information on public transport, accommodation, facilities and budget travel tips also included. Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
  • Iceland, Walking and Trekking - 100 days of walking and multi-day treks
  • Walking and Trekking in Iceland from Cicerone Press with 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks in various types of terrain including the country’s geothermal areas, presenting both popular classics like the Laugavegur trail and lesser known routes.The walks are grouped geographically to provide a variety of choices in a given area, which is... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
  • Walking and Trekking in Iceland
  • This guidebook to walking routes in Iceland offers 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks including the classic Laugavegur Trail. The total of 100 days of routes described cater for most abilities, from waymarked walks to challenging glacier crossings. Information on public transport, accommodation, facilities and budget travel tips also included. Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Walking and Trekking in Iceland - IJsland | Cicerone
  • Wandelgids met beschrijvingen, kaarten en praktische informatie zoals bussen, overnachten, etc. voor meerdaagse wandelroutes en dagwandeltochten op IJsland. A country of extraordinary beauty, Iceland’s incredible variety of volcanic and glacial landscapes makes it a unique destination for walking and trekking holidays. Its three national parks... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Iceland
  • The Rother Walking Guide to Iceland leads the reader along 49 selected, safe and reliably-described trails to the natural splendours of Iceland which are only accessible to hikers. In the introductory chapters, as well as in the presentation of the regions, the authors prepare the hiker in a safe and knowledgeable manner for the distinctive... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Iceland - IJsland | Rother
  • Rother walking guides are pocket-sized, in full colour and include 50 walks, varying from day-long hikes, mountain and valley walks, some easy some more demanding. Each walk has accompanying mapping and colour photos capture the 'feel' of each of the countries. The selection of walks mostly concentrates on the national parks which provide the... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strange Shores
  • A missing woman. A missing boy. Detective Erlendur returns - for the last time. A young woman walks into the frozen fjords of Iceland, never to be seen again. But Matthildur leaves in her wake rumours of lies, betrayal and revenge. Decades later, somewhere in the same wilderness, Detective Erlendur is on the hunt. He is looking for Matthildur... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland: Sogur Utgafa 100K Recreational Maps
  • Sogur Utgafa presents this series of recreational maps at 1:100,000, featuring hiking and cycling routes on a topographic base, various types of terrain, recreational facilities, places of interest, etc.Each title of this series carries on one side an enlargement of the chosen area with descriptions of the individual walks/or rides... Read more
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2008
  • Fotoboek Lost in Iceland | Mal og Menning
  • Eén van IJsland's meest gerenomeerde fotografen heeft een schitterend fotoboek samengesteld van dit magische land. Mooie uitvoering, harde kaft. Stunning colour photographs of the barren beauty of the Icelandic landscape. The sounds evoked by Sigurgeir Sigurjonsson's photographs are the eternal sounds of nature - the sighing of the wind, the... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Natuurgids Crossbill Guides Iceland - Ijsland | KNNV
  • IJsland is beroemd om zijn indrukwekkende landschappen, unieke geologie en rijk vogelleven. Er zijn weinig plekken ter wereld waar het vulkanisme zo'n veelvoud landschappen heeft voortgebracht, en waar zulke enorme aantallen vogels gemakkelijk te zien en te fotograferen zijn Deze nieuwe Crossbill Guide beschrijft de IJslandse natuur in al zijn... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2012
  • Vogelgids - Opruiming - Natuurgids Vogels kijken op IJsland | KNNV
  • Vogels kijken op IJsland Wie van vogels houdt, kan op IJsland zijn hart ophalen. Jan-van-genten, papegaaiduikers, zeekoeten, stormvogels, maar ook talloze soorten steltlopers zijn er 's zomers te bewonderen. Vogels kijken op IJsland is de ideale gids voor iedereen die deze rijkdom wil ontdekken. Het beschrijft alle belangrijke vogelplekken op... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Road Trips Iceland's Ring Road - IJsland rond | Lonely Planet
  • Handige kleine reisgids over dit specifieke deel waarbij je allerlei suggesties krijgt om naast en bij de hoofdroute leuke dingen te doen. Goede kaartjes, veel praktische informatie. Hitting headlines, topping bucket lists, wooing nature lovers and dazzling increasing numbers of visitors – there seems no end to the talents of this breathtaking... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Bergtochten op IJsland | Dominicus
  • IJsland is een land vol uitersten. Besneeuwde bergen en immense gletsjers naast kokende modderpoelen en nog na gloeiende lavastromen. Met zijn overdaad aan natuur leent IJsland zich er bij uitstek voor om langzaam, te voet, verkend te worden. In dit boek staan 31 bergwandeltochten, zowel dag- als meerdaagse tochten, in totaal 57 dagen... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids Iceland - The Southern Highlands | Uwe Grunewald
  • Prachtig, zeer duidelijk wandelboek van een deel van IJsland, geschreven door Uwe Grunewald, een fervent IJsland ganger en fotograaf. De wandelingen zijn goed beschreven en bovendien aangevuld met waypoints die voor de GPS gebruiker onontbeerlijk zijn. Goede topografische kaarten, schaal 1:50.000 op watervast papier gedrukt. Iceland is unique.... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Reisgids Iceland - IJsland | Bradt
  • Voor vele landen net zo goed, zo niet beter dan de Planet. Beduidend soberder uitgevoerd, maar ook met veel informatie voor backpackers en met veel kaartmateriaal. Een aanrader! Bradt: Exotic, yet conveniently close, Iceland attracts an increasing number of visitors from the UK and the rest of Europe. With its colossal glaciers, vast lava flows... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Fotoboek Über Island – Entdeckungen von oben | Frederking & Thaler
  • Fantastisch fotoboek van IJsland met foto's die van bovenaf zijn genomen. Feuer und Eis: Bizarre Lavafelder, Traumfjorde, Gletscher, glasklare Seen Island ist die ewig faszinierende, verwunschene Insel am Polarkreis. Aus dem Helikopter gelangen Marco Nescher spektakuläre Fotografien der Natur, die die Weite der Insel einfangen, ihre malerische... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland: Mál og menning`s 100K Topographic Survey Maps
  • Iceland on 31 maps at 1:100,000 in a new topographic survey of the country first published by Mál og menning in 2010, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc.The map have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading, plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Jökulfirðir
  • Jökulfirðir, map no. 7, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kverkfjöll
  • Kverkfjöll , map no. 22, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Reyðarfjörður
  • Reyðarfjörður, map no. 31, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Kelduhverfi
  • Kelduhverfi, map no. 20, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Langanes
  • Langanes, map no. 29, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland: Mál og Menning 200K Road Maps
  • Iceland on eight detailed maps at 1:200,000 from Mál og Menning with exceptionally vivid presentation of the country’s topography and landscape, hard surface or gravel roads and numerous country tracks, superb drawings of local birds and flowers, etc. This new series, first published in summer 2013, is based on the publishers’ topographic... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Árnes
  • Árnes, map no. 12, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and mudflats,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Öræfajökull
  • Öræfajökull, map no. 23, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland West: Akranes - Eiríksjökull Glacier
  • Western Iceland at 1:200,000 on a detailed map from Mál og Menning with exceptionally vivid presentation of the country’s topography and landscape, hard surface or gravel roads and numerous country tracks, superb drawings of local birds and flowers, etc. Coverage extends northwards from Akranes to Skarðsströnd and the Gilsfjördur bay and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Gullfoss - Geysir - Hekla
  • Gullfoss - Geysir - Hekla area of Iceland at 1:100,000 in a series of detailed hiking and recreational topographic maps from Mál og menning - the country`s leading cartographic publishers, with beautiful drawings of local birds and tourist information. An enlargement shows Hekla and the surrounding lava fields in greater detail at 1:50,000.The... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 02 Serkort Gullfoss - Geysir - Hekla - IJsland | Mal og Menning
  • De wandelkaartenserie van Mal og Menning is bijzonder duidelijk en geschikt voor alle recreatieve doeleinden, ze zijn gebaseerd op de topografische kaarten van IJsland. De kaart laat een gedetailleerd beeld zien van de landschapskenmerken, hoogtelijnen op basis van 20 m. met hoogtepunten apart vermeld. Verschil in kleur en symbolen geven een... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland 1:100,000 Complete Set (31 maps)
  • Iceland at 1:100,000 in a Complete Set of 31 topographic survey maps published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and mudflats,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eyjafjörður
  • One of the maps in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000. The series was last revised in the early eighties. Contour interval is 20 meters. In addition to the usual features shown on survey mapping, the maps also include a large amount of information indicating the type of the terrain and land use (block or smooth surfaced lava, clay,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Mýrdalsjökull - Eyjafjallajökull
  • Mýrdalsjökull - Eyjafjallajökull, map no. 14, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Skeiðarársandur
  • Skeiðarársandur, map no. 24, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by Mál og menning, with excellent, vivid presentation of the terrain, footpaths and bridleways, campsites, etc. The maps have contours at 20m intervals, enhanced by bold relief shading plus colouring and/or graphics to show glaciers, lava fields, sands and... Read more
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Laugavegur Highland Walking Trail (Group)
  • A small group guided highland walk along Iceland's famous Laugavegur Trail. Follow in the footsteps of enthusiastic walker and TV presenter Julia Bradbury, as seen on the BBC’s ‘Julia Bradbury’s Icelandic Walk’. On the Laugavegur Trail you will encounter volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mud pools, waterfalls, mountain lakes, canyons and... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Highlights of Cornwall's North Coast
  • Self guided walking tour on the north coast of Cornwall. A self-guided walking tour experiencing the highlights of Cornwall’s north coast from St Ives to Padstow & Tintagel. Enjoy overnight stays in the quaint fishing towns and villages of St Ives, Padstow and Tintagel and follow trails through designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.... Read more
Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Devon North Coast & Exmoor Highlights
  • Self guided walking tour on the north coast of Devon & Exmoor. A self-guided walking tour experiencing the highlights of Devon’s north coast, including Exmoor National Park. A 3-centre stay in Westward Ho!, Ilfracombe and Lynmouth, where Exmoor meets the sea. These unspoilt pastoral landscapes are a reminder of days gone by when life was a... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Laugavegur
  • De Laugavegur is dé meerdaagse rugzaktrektocht op IJsland. Trek door het wonderschone Landmannalaugar met zijn kleurrijke rhyolietheuvels naar het groene Thorsmörk. Loop langs pruttelende zwavelpoeltjes, sissende stoombronnen en gitzwarte obsidiaanvelden. Laat u overweldigen door contrastrijke natuurfenomenen: warmwaterbronnen en sneeuwkappen,... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Laugavegur & Myvatn
  • Spectaculaire rugzaktrektocht in IJsland, gevolgd door een rondreis per huurauto. Trektocht van Landmannalaugar over de Laugavegur naar het bosrijke Thorsmörk. Loop langs pruttelende zwavelpoeltjes, sissende stoombronnen en gitzwarte obsidiaanvelden. Maak vervolgens per huurauto een indrukwekkende rondreis met als hoogtepunten de vulkanen van... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - fotoreis
  • De kleurenpracht van IJsland is ongekend. Aan de zuidkant van de Myrdalsjökull en het schiereiland Reykjanes leren we van een professionele fotograaf hoe de spetterende watervallen, de blauwwitte ijsformaties en de groenbemoste lavavelden vast te leggen. We bezoeken naast de bekende trekpleisters zoals Geysir en Gullfos, ook de prachtige... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Myvatn vogelreis
  • Myvatn, in het noorden van IJsland, staat bekend om zijn grote vogelrijkdom. Middenin het bijzondere vulkanische landschap van explosiekraters, pseudokraters en gothermische bronnen biedt dit prachtige meer grote de kans tot bijzondere waarnemingen van soorten zoals de harlekijneend, de IJslandse brilduiker, de Jan van Gent en de giervalk. In... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Ultima Thule
  • Tijdens deze kennismakingsreis verkennen we het zuiden van IJsland. We maken dagwandelingen in het Hengillgebergte waar stoombronnen en dampende riviertjes het landschap versieren en op het schiereiland Reykjanes wandelen we over dikke mospakketten en grillige lavavelden. Met de ferry naar de Westmaneilanden en beklimming van de Eldfell. Ook... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Het Noordelijk Gevoel
  • Wandelrondreis die behalve de bekende wandelgebieden bij het vulkanische Myvatn en het nationale park Skaftafell, ook het ruige binnenland bij Hveravellir en het nog nauwelijks bekende schiereiland Langanes en de ryolietbergen van Borgarfjördur bezoekt. Overnachtingen in hutten en gemeenschapshuizen. Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Zuid-IJsland
  • Een korte wandelreis naar het zuiden van IJsland met lichte wandelingen en natuurlijk een bezoek aan de 'highlights'. Vanuit een knus hotelletje met uitzicht op de Heklavulkaan verken je de zuidkust met de Seljalandsfoss, de Skogarfoss, de gletsjer Solheimajökull en de zwarte stranden van Reynisfjara. Met de ferry ga je naar Heimaey, het... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Kjölur
  • Kampeerrondreis langs de landschappelijke hoogtepunten van Zuid- IJsland. Van het vulkanische, dampende Hengillgebergte, naar de Kjölur steenwoestijn tussen de Langjökull en de Hofsjökull. Via de zwarte hellingen van de Hekla naar de beroemde kleuren van de ryolietbergen in Landmannalaugar en in het onbekende Thakgill wandelen aan de voet van... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Landmannalaugar & Thorsmörk
  • Wandelreis vanuit berghutten door het sprookjesachtige Landmannalaugar en het groene Thorsmörk. Loop over goed gemarkeerde wandelpaden langs glimmende obsidiaanvelden, groenbemoste lavavelden, pruttelende zwavelpoeltjes en kolkende smeltwaterriviertjes. Wandel naar de top van de Valahnúkur en de Tröllakirkja in het door de ijskap van de... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Landmannalaugar, Thorsmörk & Myvatn
  • Wandelreis door twee prachtige IJslandse wandelgebieden, gevolgd door een indrukwekkende rondreis. Loop in Landmannalaugar langs lavavelden, zwavelpoeltjes en kolkende smeltwaterriviertjes. Wandel in Thorsmörk naar de top van de Valahnúkur en de Tröllakirkja. Rijd met uw huurauto via de zuidkust naar Myvatn en verken vanuit het Muggenmeer het... Read more
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