Imagine this; Standing on a grand mountain in the middle of the highlands in Iceland. Everywhere you look there are colorful mountains, glaciers, waterfalls, volcanoes and you are just there, in the middle of it, taking it all in.
Exploring Iceland on foot is an extraordinary way to discover the greatness of its natural beauty and there are endless options for doing so. We’ve rounded up the top 5 hikes you can do while in Iceland and categorized them according to the level of difficulty.
Hiking time approx. 2,5-3 hours hike - Day Tour
The Glymur hike takes you to the highest waterfall in Iceland. It’s a true adventure to explore. The waterfall is located at the end of Hvalfjörður (The Whale fjord) and the hike up there is truly enchanting. We hike through a beautiful cave called Þvottahellir which would translate “laundry cave” because in the old days the inhabitants of the fjord used it to hang their laundry when it was raining. Through the cave, you will see the magic of the trail. A lush setting that greets you on the way to the best viewing point of the fall. You will not be disappointed.
Laugavegur trek & Fimmvörðuháls trek
Hiking time varies from 3-7 hours - 6 Day Tour
National Geographic listed the Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals trek as one of the world’s best hiking trails and for good reason. The trail will take you to view some of the most exquisite things found in Icelandic nature. You will get a chance to visit the Eyjafjallajökull eruption site from 2010, the fertile valley of Þórsmörk, Landmannalaugar geothermal paradise and the highlands the surround the locations. You will walk in between glaciers and cross glacier rivers, encounter active geothermal areas and experience the magical variety that Icelandic landscape has to offer. The trek can be done in 6 or 8 days depending on the time you use in Þórsmörk valley (e. Thorsmork) or Landmannalaugar geothermal area. If you are looking to explore the vastness and diversity of Icelandic nature this is your trek!
Landmannalaugar day hike
Hiking time approx. 4 hours - Day Tour
Landmannalaugar truly is a geothermal paradise, there you will be greeted by hot springs, rhyolite mountains, colorful landscape, vast fields of lava. It’s located in
the highlands of Iceland and therefore pretty hard to reach without joining a
guided tour. Everywhere you look new thing will excite you and the connection to Icelandic nature is intense. Landmannalaugar is also a starting point for the famous Laugavegur trail. Some of the highlights you will encounter include Laugahraun lava field, Brennisteinsalda and Bláhnjúkur mountains as well as the ill-named crater lake Ljóti pollur (e. Ugly Puddle).
This is the perfect place to combine hiking in the highlands and hot spring bathing in a natural pool. Pack your bathing suit and let’s get going!
Þórsmörk Volcano hike
Hiking time approx 8 hours - Day Tour
From Thorsmörk valley we hike up to the Fimmvorduhals Pass, known globally for being the home of the eruption in the Eyjafjallajokull 2010. This hike is a challenge
but in the best way possible as every step takes you to a new and exciting setting.
Going up and down you will encounter amazing scenery that Iceland is famous for; Glaciers, mountains, lava, waterfalls and volcanoes. You will encounter powerful contrasts hiking up to the two newly formed craters Magni and Modi and through
a lush birch forest looking over a glacier carved valleys. Being up close and personal with these powerful phenomena is truly a transforming experience.
Hiking time approx. 10-15 hours - Day Tour
Join us to summit the highest peak of Iceland, Hvannadalsnúkur. Located in Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, the top awards us with unique views as far as the eye can see. The terrain is challenging and so are the crevasses but having the proper equipment and an expert guide will make this an unforgettable adventure. To climb a really high summit is one thing, but to climb
a grand summit on an island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean is a whole new world. This hike is not for beginners, it will challenge your stamina and strength
but the feeling on the top is incomparable.
If you are looking for a real challenge in Iceland, this is a must!