Iceland Hiking Tours
What better way to spend your time in Iceland than to explore its beautiful and unique terrain than hiking? Hiking allows travelers to become one with Iceland’s amazing natural landscape and get as close as it gets to the volcanoes, glaciers, and hot springs. Guided hiking tours range from a few hours to multi-day excursions. Iceland offers a large variety of hiking trails as well as guided hiking tours.
The Laugavegur trek runs between Landmannalaugar and Thórsmörk and is one of the most popular trails. It features a variety of Iceland’s diverse landscapes all in one hike; mountains, hot springs, glaciers, river, and lakes. The entire trek is 55 km (34 miles) and is a multi-day excursion, often lasting 4 to 5 days. There are camping locations or cabins along the trail for hikers to rest each night.
There are a variety of guided tours available. Icelandic Mountain Guides offers a classic 5-day tour for traditional backpackers, or a quick 3-day tour for those who don’t mind speeding through it. Extreme Iceland offers a 5-day tour in which your food and luggage are transported from hut to hut for you, making the hike more enjoyable.
Reserved for experienced hikers in good health, the Fimmvörduháls hiking trail is extremely difficult due to its steep path and length. While it is 23km (14 miles) in total length, it is usually hiked in a long day of at least 10 hours. However, for those up to the challenge, it’s an amazing experience because of its trek past Eyjafjallajökull, a volcano that erupted in 2010 and still sends smoke into the sky.
Mountain Guides offers a 17-hour guided tour and Extreme Iceland offers tours ranging from 10 to 14 hours, depending on where the hikers begin. A variety of other tours are available as well.
Hornstrandir is a popular nature reserve in Westjords, which is just a quick boat ride from Reyjkavík. The entire reserve offers a variety of hiking trails, lasting from a few hours to a few days of exploring.
West Tours offers a large variety of guided tours. Some tours are combined with boat tours and some are pure hiking tours through the beautiful landscape of the reserve. Wild Westfjords also offers a large variety of day tours lasting anywhere between 4 to 13 hours, depending on the hike chosen.
Hikes do not have to last the entire day to be exciting. Iceland has a great number of shorter hiking trails for those who want to experience the landscape in less time and with less effort. These hiking trails are great for those who are not comfortable walking long distances or for families with young children. Great spots within driving distance from Reykjavík to take quick hikes are Gjáin, Hveragerdi, and to the beautiful waterfall, Glymur.
Icelandic Mountain Guides gives a great resource for those interested in hiking in Iceland in its cold winters. The tours range from 2 to 6 days, depending on which type of tour hikers choose. Their shorter tours include hiking to the perfect areas to catch the Northern Lights, a wonderful opportunity for those who have never seen them. Their longer Discovery Adventures also offer the chance to see the Northern Lights, as well as exploring the wintery landscape of Iceland.
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