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
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Trails

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Books

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
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United Kingdom
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids Lannoo's Autoboek Ijsland | Lannoo
  • Reisgids voor diegene die met auto of camper rondtrekken. Vooral gericht op routesuggesties: goede tips welke route het meest aantrekkelijk is en waar het interessant stoppen is. Veel foto's en kaartmateriaal. Lannoo's autoboek - IJsland on the road is een praktische gids om de natuurwonderen van het land met de auto te verkennen. Het boek... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Natuurgids - Reisgids Iceland - IJsland | Crossbill Guides
  • Zeer gedegen natuurgids van het betreffende gebied. Unieke gids met streekinformatie, plekken waar je echt moet zijn, routes en veel achtergrondinformatie over het landschap, de ecologie, ontstaansgeschiedenis en de flora en fauna. De routes en plekken die beschreven worden in de gids zijn zo gekozen dat je een heel compleet beeld krijgt van... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Iceland - IJsland | Lonely Planet
  • De perfecte reisgids voor IJsland, zowel de georganiseerde als de zelfstandige reiziger. Naast een algemene inleiding van het land / streek vol met praktische informatie over hoe je er het beste kunt reizen: slapen, eten, vervoer, excursies ... alles kun je er in vinden. Hitting headlines, topping bucket lists, wooing nature lovers and dazzling... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Iceland - IJsland | Bradt
  • Voor vele landen net zo goed, zo niet beter dan de Planet. Beduidend soberder uitgevoerd, maar ook met veel informatie voor backpackers en met veel kaartmateriaal. Een aanrader! A new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Iceland, recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award (the highest travel writing award available in the United States) providing... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Great Wide Open
  • Atmospheric photography that follows today’s intrepid adventurers to the most breathtaking places in the world.The Great Wide Open is a compilation of photographs that capture and celebrate the new desire for outdoor adventure. From Iceland to Mongolia, this book takes you on a visual journey to some of the Earth’s most breathtaking places.Lose... Read more
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  • Atmospheric photography that follows today’s intrepid adventurers to the most breathtaking places in the world.The Great Wide Open is a compilation of photographs that capture and celebrate the new desire for outdoor adventure. From Iceland to Mongolia, this book takes you on a visual journey to some of the Earth’s most breathtaking places.Lose... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • 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
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2016
  • Reisgids Denemarken, Zweden, Noorwegen en IJsland | Lannoo
  • Fotoboek, inspiratiegids én atlas in één In Scandinavië viert de natuur hoogtij: vredige duinlandschappen in Denemarken, uitgestrekte scherenkusten, maar ook dichte bossen in Zweden, machtige fjorden en watervallen in Noorwegen, smeulende lavavelden en gletsjers in IJsland. Bovendien lokken Kopenhagen, Stockholm, Oslo en Reykjavík in de... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2014
  • Fotoboek Über Island – Entdeckungen von oben | Frederking & Thaler
  • Fantastisch fotoboek van IJsland met foto's die van bovenaf zijn genomen. Feuer und Eis: Bizarre Lavafelder, Traumfjorde, Gletscher, glasklare Seen Island ist die ewig faszinierende, verwunschene Insel am Polarkreis. Aus dem Helikopter gelangen Marco Nescher spektakuläre Fotografien der Natur, die die Weite der Insel einfangen, ihre malerische... Read more
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2017
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2018
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Maps

Stanfords
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  • 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
Stanfords
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  • Eyjafjörður
  • Eyjafjörður, map no. 18, 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
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  • 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
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  • Hoffellsjökull
  • 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
  • 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
  • Iceland Cental: Langjökull - Hofsjökull - Vatnajökull
  • Central 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 Havmmstangi in the north-western corner of the map to the Grímsvötn... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Barðaströnd
  • Barðaströnd, map no. 5, 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
  • Öxarfjörður
  • Öxarfjörður, map no. 19, 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
  • Vopnafjörður
  • Vopnafjörður, map no. 28, 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
  • Öræfajökull
  • 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 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 Mal og menning Road Atlas 2017-2018
  • Road Atlas of Iceland at 1:300,000 from Mál og menning in a spiral-bound glovebox format, with 35 street plans, several thematic maps, and cartography derived from the company’s outstanding mapping at 1:100,000.The representation of country’s topography is particularly vivid, with excellent relief shading based on satellite imagery supplemented... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland: 100K Topographic Survey Maps
  • Topographic survey of Iceland at 1:100,000 covering the whole of country in a series 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,... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Arnarfjörður
  • Arnarfjörður, map no. 6, 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
  • Mývatnsöræfi
  • Mývatnsöræfi, map no. 21, 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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