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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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

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Bergtochten op IJsland | Jolanda Linschooten
  • 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
2015
  • Wandelgids 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2010
  • Reisgids Huts and Lodges in Iceland - Ijsland | Skrudda
  • This book illustrates in text and images upwards of 140 huts, old and new, that have been built throughout Iceland. The book contains a vast amount of information about the huts, their history and furnishings, in addition to mentioning their owners and supervisors. Description includes a photo of each hut, and their position is indicated by GPS... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Pocket Reykjavik | Lonely Planet
  • Pocket reisgidsen van Lonely Planet zijn een kleinere versie dan de 'echte' Planets. Vaak echter van bijzondere bestemmingen binnen een bepaald land waardoor er meer aandacht is en uitgebreidere tips zijn voor die bepaalde streek i.v.m. de grote Planets. Handzaam formaat, makkelijk in de binnenzak! Tcoh ook deze vol met praktische informatie.... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Lonely Planet Iceland
  • Features two chapters, one showcasing Iceland's highlights, and the other focusing on the many outdoor activities, such as glacier-hiking, dog sledding and whale watching. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Lonely Planet Iceland
  • Features two chapters, one showcasing Iceland's highlights, and the other focusing on the many outdoor activities, such as glacier-hiking, dog sledding and whale watching. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Island - IJsland | Michael Müller Verlag
  • Zeer uitgebreide reisgids over IJsland, met alle bezienswaardigheden en natuurverschijnselen, maar ook veel praktische informatie. Goede deelkaartjes, routesuggesties, camping informatie etc. To­sen­de Was­ser­fäl­le und blub­bern­de Schwe­fel­quel­len; mäch­ti­ge Glet­scher und un­ter­schied­lichs­te La­va­for­ma­tio­nen; auf­sprit­zen­de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Natuurgids - Reisgids Iceland - IJsland | Crossbill Guides
  • 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
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
Bol.com
Belgium
  • Iceland
  • <DIV><DIV>Exotic, yet conveniently close, Iceland attracts a majority of visitors from North America and the rest of Europe. With its colossal glaciers, vast lava flows and thundering waterfalls, the country’s primordial landscape awards visitors with unforgettable vistas and incredible trekking beneath the glowing northern... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Insight Guide IJsland (Nederlands) | Cambium
  • Een rijk geillustreerde reisgids met diepgaande teksten: één van de beste reisgidsen die er bestaan. Eerste deel bestaat uit een beschrijving van de unieke aspecten van de regio, daarna een deel echte reisgids en als afsluiting een deel met praktische informatie. De uitstekende informatie wordt vergezeld van prachtige foto's en heldere kaarten.... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Skagi
  • Skagi, map no. 9, 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland Western Fjords
  • The Western Fjords of 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.Maps in this series, first published in summer 2013, are based on the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland South-West: Reykjavik – Eyjafjallajökull
  • South 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 includes Reykjavik, the Reykjanes Peninsula, Þingvellir, Hekla and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vatnsdalur
  • Vatnsdalur, map no. 10, 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
  • Western Fjords
  • The north-western tip of Iceland 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. On one side the whole area is covered by a road map at 1:200,000, on the reverse its south-western part is shown in... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Veiðivötn
  • Veiðivötn, map no. 15, 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
  • Hornafjörður, map no. 25, 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 East: Vatnajökull - Egilsstaðir
  • Eastern 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 from the central part of the Vatnajökull Glacier with Grimsfjall in the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Vestmannaeyjar
  • Vestmannaeyjar, map no. 13, 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
  • 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
  • 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
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Walking holidays

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
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  • 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
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
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Snp Wandelreizen
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Snp Wandelreizen
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  • 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. In Skaftafell wandelen we naar de Svartifoss en de Skaftafellsjökull en... 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 - 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 - Landmannalaugar, Thorsmörk & Myvatn
  • Wandelvakantie 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... Read more
Snp Wandelreizen
Netherlands
  • IJsland - Rondreis Zuid-IJsland
  • Tijdens deze afwisselende rondreis in het zuiden van IJsland maak je kennis met de vele verschillende landschappen aan de rand van de hoogvlakte en de enorme ijskappen. Natuurlijk bezoek je de ‘must seen’ Geysir, Gullfoss, Skogarfoss en de zwarte stranden van Reynisfjara, maar gelukkig zijn er ook nog plaatsen waar het minder druk is. Wat te... 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 je overweldigen door contrastrijke natuurfenomenen: warmwaterbronnen en sneeuwkappen,... Read more
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Netherlands
  • IJsland - Noord-IJsland per tent
  • Avontuurlijk kamperen zonder zorgen in de mooiste streken van Noord-IJsland. Dit deel van IJsland is vergeleken met het zuiden nog niet zo druk bezocht en tijdens deze actieve kampeerrondreis maak je dan ook kennis met eindeloze lavavelden, grillige vulkaanketens, spetterende watervallen en steile vogelkliffen waar je het gevoel hebt dat je nog... Read more
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