Hiking in Iceland is popular for a reason. Iceland is the perfect country for hiking. It has many hiking trails that are either really tough and demanding or offer an easy stroll in the countryside. And you don´t have to go it alone, there are so many great hiking trips available for online booking.
The most toughest hike I have ever been was the 24 peaks challenge in the mountain range above the town of Akureyri. I have also hiked to the top of Iceland´s highest peak, Mt. Hvannadalshnjúkur and to the top of neighboring Hrútfjallstindar peaks.
More convential hiking trails which I have been on are the ancient Kjalvegur route and the popular Laugavegur trail. A noteworthy easy accessible hiking trail is the one up Mt. Esja near Reykjavik city.
Hiking trails in Iceland are abundant. A quick way to discover the right hiking trail for you is the hiking app Wapp by one of Iceland´s best known guide Einar Skulason.
Stay safe when hiking in Iceland
Before you go hiking in Iceland, please study and follow the advice given on the Safetravel website. Follow the weather forecast and make sure you stay safe!
Clothing needs to be warm and waterproof
Weather in Iceland changes quickly. Make sure to dress properly, think layers, and consider that it is very likely that at some point on your journey you have to contend with strong wind, low visibility, rain, sleeet, or even snow. So make sure that your shoes and clothing is waterproof and warm.
Be extra careful when hiking in Iceland in winter
Hiking in Iceland in winter it is not for the faint of heart. Don´t go on any long hiking trips unless you have a guide.
Always go with a guide to Icelandic glaciers
Never go on an Icelandic glacier without an experienced guide. They are death traps for those who don’t know them inside out.