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
  • 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
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
  • 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
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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Bol.com
Netherlands
2014
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 provide the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
Bol.com
Netherlands
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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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids IJsland - Island, Naturparadies am Polarkreis | Uwe Grunewald |
  • Island ist ein Paradies für Wanderer und ein Eldorado für Naturfotografen. Es ist die derzeit größte Vulkaninsel der Erde, deren Landschaftsbild bis zum heutigen Tag von den Naturgewalten bestimmt wird. Diese Naturgewalten haben aber auch eine gewaltige Natur geschaffen, die man nur als Wanderer intensiv erleben kann. In diesem Buch werden 10... Read more
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
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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
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Snæfell
  • Snæfell, map no. 26, 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
  • Dalir
  • Dalir, map no. 4, 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
  • Keflavík
  • 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
  • Southwest Iceland
  • South-West Iceland at 1:75,000 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 covers the area around Reykjavik, including Akranes, Mt Esja, the Reykjanes Peninsula, and extending east to approx. 10km beyond Selfoss. Contours at 20-metre... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart Southwest Iceland – Activity Map Zuidwest IJsland | Ferdakort |
  • Gedetailleerde wandelkaart van het zuidwestelijke deel van IJsland, met hoogtelijnen, wandelpaden (gemarkeerd en niet gemarkeerde), allerlei topografische details. This map shows the southwestern corner of the country, an area demarcated in the east by Selfoss and in the north by Akranes and Hvalfjörður Fjord. The map is on a large scale,... Read more
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Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Eyjafjallajökull
  • 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
  • Eyjafjallajökull
  • 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
  • Borgarfjördur
  • Borgarfjördur 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 the northern section around Nordurá River in greater detail at 1:50,000.The maps in... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Wandelkaart 11 Borgarfjörđur - 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
  • Mýrar
  • Mýrar, map no. 2, 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
  • Nýjabæjarfjall
  • Nýjabæjarfjall, map no. 17, 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
  • Fljótsdalshérað
  • Fljótsdalshérað , map no. 27, 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
  • Strandir
  • Strandir, map no. 8, 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
  • Hornafjörður
  • 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
  • Hengill
  • 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
  • Snæfell
  • 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
  • Iceland Road Guide
  • Iceland Road Guide from Vegahandbókin, an exceptionally comprehensive, 605-page guide with region-by-region descriptions of sites accompanied by road maps and street plans, plus a separate road atlas section covering the whole country at 1:500,000 and information on a wide variety of tourism relating topics to help the user get the best of... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Snæfellsjökull
  • Snæfellsjökull, map no. 3, 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
  • 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
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
  • Portugal - fotoreis * Volkskrant lezersreis
  • Na de zeer succesvolle SNP-fotografiereizen naar Turkije (2014) en IJsland (2015) neemt topfotograaf Raymond Rutting opnieuw een groep enthousiaste (hobby) fotografen mee. Dit keer gaan we naar Portugal. Het wordt een gevarieerde reis met een verblijf in fotogenieke plaatsen als Lissabon, Óbidos en (Unesco World Heritage site) Évora. Van... 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 * West-IJsland
  • Een reis met Mirjam de Waard, auteur van de Dominicus IJsland, brengt je langs plaatsen in het westen van IJsland waar velen aan voorbij gaan, zij kent als geen ander de ware ziel van haar eiland. Tijdens deze reis zal zij met jou veel van haar favoriete locaties bezoeken en je kennis laten maken met het IJslandse volk. Je maakt tijdens deze... 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
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 - Fotografie cursus
  • 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 ook Landmannalaugar, Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir, Krisuvik en de ijzige... 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
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