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.

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Trails

Regions

Books

Cicerone Press
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
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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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2015
Bol.com
Netherlands
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 | Paddy Dillon
  • 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 (Engelstalig) |
  • 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... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
eBooks.de
Germany
2015
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids IJsland - Island | Rother |
  • Wandelgids : vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en beperkt kaartmateriaal. Island, die Insel aus Feuer und Eis, übt einen magischen Reiz auf jeden Naturliebhaber aus. Aktive Vulkane und weite Lavawüsten bilden einen Kontrast zu schier unendlichen Gletschern. Gewaltige... Read more
Buch.de
Germany
2015
  • Island
  • Island, die Insel aus Feuer und Eis, übt einen magischen Reiz auf jeden Naturliebhaber aus. Aktive Vulkane und weite Lavawüsten bilden einen Kontrast zu schier unendlichen Gletschern. Gewaltige Wasserfälle und Geysire beeindrucken ebenso wie die einmalige Tier- und Pflanzenwelt. Diese Urlandschaft bildet zwar den Garant für unvergessliche... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
  • Rother Wandelgids / IJsland
  • Wandelen in IJsland De Rother wandelgids IJsland telt maar liefst 70 wandelingen door dit ruige gebied van vuur en water. Van eenvoudige wandelingen tot zwaardere hoogtetochten voor de gevorderde wandelaar. De wandelroutes zijn voorzien van betrouwbare routebeschrijvingen, gedetailleerde wandelkaarten en informatieve hoogteprofielen. Langs de... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids IJsland | Rother |
  • Wandelen in IJsland De Rother wandelgids IJsland telt maar liefst 70 wandelingen door dit ruige gebied van vuur en water. Van eenvoudige wandelingen tot zwaardere hoogtetochten voor de gevorderde wandelaar. De wandelroutes zijn voorzien van betrouwbare routebeschrijvingen, gedetailleerde wandelkaarten en informatieve hoogteprofielen. Langs de... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Wandelgids IJsland - 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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hv
  • One of the titles in the 1:50,000 topographic survey of Iceland. The series is not complete. So far 102 maps have been published, out of the total of 199, with the north-west and the east of the country not yet covered. The series has been compiled from aerial photography and has contours at 20m intervals. The maps do not give as much... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Bleiksm
  • One of the titles in the 1:50,000 topographic survey of Iceland. The series is not complete. So far 102 maps have been published, out of the total of 199, with the north-west and the east of the country not yet covered. The series has been compiled from aerial photography and has contours at 20m intervals. The maps do not give as much... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Strandir
  • Strandir, map no. 8, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by M Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Keflav
  • One of the titles in the 1:50,000 topographic survey of Iceland. The series is not complete. So far 102 maps have been published, out of the total of 199, with the north-west and the east of the country not yet covered. The series has been compiled from aerial photography and has contours at 20m intervals. The maps do not give as much... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eyjafjallaj
  • 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
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eyjafjallaj
  • One of the titles in the 1:50,000 topographic survey of Iceland. The series is not complete. So far 102 maps have been published, out of the total of 199, with the north-west and the east of the country not yet covered. The series has been compiled from aerial photography and has contours at 20m intervals. The maps do not give as much... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Lakag
  • One of the titles in the 1:50,000 topographic survey of Iceland. The series is not complete. So far 102 maps have been published, out of the total of 199, with the north-west and the east of the country not yet covered. The series has been compiled from aerial photography and has contours at 20m intervals. The maps do not give as much... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Skagi
  • Skagi, map no. 9, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by M Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hornafj
  • 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
  • Flateyjardalur
  • One of the titles in the 1:50,000 topographic survey of Iceland. The series is not complete. So far 102 maps have been published, out of the total of 199, with the north-west and the east of the country not yet covered. The series has been compiled from aerial photography and has contours at 20m intervals. The maps do not give as much... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Hekla
  • 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
  • Vatnsdalur
  • Vatnsdalur, map no. 10, in the topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 published by M Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • S
  • One of the titles in the 1:50,000 topographic survey of Iceland. The series is not complete. So far 102 maps have been published, out of the total of 199, with the north-west and the east of the country not yet covered. The series has been compiled from aerial photography and has contours at 20m intervals. The maps do not give as much... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Sn
  • 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
  • Westman Islands
  • Vestmannaeyjaer/Westman Islands at 1:50,000 in a series of special detailed hiking and touring maps, based on the Icelandic topographic survey, covering the most visited parts of the country. The map provides topographic coverage of the islands, with a street plan of the built-up area on Heimaey. On the reverse, an aerial photo shows Haimaey... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • 8. Wandelkaart Westmann Islands - IJsland | Ferdakort |
  • Gedetailleerde wandelkaart van het zuidwestelijke deel van IJsland, met hoogtelijnen, wandelpaden (gemarkeerd en niet gemarkeerde), allerlei topografische details. Deze kaart bestrijkt het eiland juist ten zuiden van IJsland. A map with an overview of the Westman Islands, and also a more precise map of the town. One of the titles in a series of... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eyjafj
  • 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
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Walking holidays

Macs Adventure
United Kingdom
  • Iceland's Scenic South Coast: Drive & Hike
  • A drive & hike tour of the highlights of Southern Iceland. Behind the wheel you have the freedom to ‘go as you please’ and take in so many of the highlights which are spread out along the south coast. Stop and enjoy fascinating walks past powerful waterfalls, immense lava fields, volcanic craters and shimmering glaciers; Iceland is a living... Read more
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
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