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.

Trails

Regions

Books

The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2020
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2020
Stanfords
United Kingdom
2014
  • Iceland Rother Guide
  • 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
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • In the Hoofprints of the Vikings, Horse Trekking in Iceland
  • "In the Hoofprints of the Vikings, Horse Trekking in Iceland" is a joyous, uplifting photographic adventure. Photographer and author, Elisabeth Haug, clearly shows her love of people, nature, horses, and Iceland. The Icelandic nature is stunning. Beauty, grand, wide horizons, and subtle colors abound. Because of its glaciers and geo thermal... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • In the Hoofprints of the Vikings, Horse Trekking in Iceland
  • "In the Hoofprints of the Vikings, Horse Trekking in Iceland" is a joyous, uplifting photographic adventure. Photographer and author, Elisabeth Haug, clearly shows her love of people, nature, horses, and Iceland. The Icelandic nature is stunning. Beauty, grand, wide horizons, and subtle colors abound. Because of its glaciers and geo thermal... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2013
  • Island: Trekking Klassiker
  • "Island: Trekking-Klassiker" stellt f nf der sehenswertesten Trekkingrouten auf Island vor und liefert alle wichtigen Informationen f r unterwegs. Neben dem bekannten Laugavegur im S den der Insel werden eine Gebirgswanderung ber den Fimmv r uh ls, die Durchquerung des J kuls rglj fur-Nationalparks, eine leichtere Tour durch das westliche... Read more
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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Bol.com
Belgium
2013
  • Island: Trekking Klassiker
  • "Island: Trekking-Klassiker" stellt f nf der sehenswertesten Trekkingrouten auf Island vor und liefert alle wichtigen Informationen f r unterwegs. Neben dem bekannten Laugavegur im S den der Insel werden eine Gebirgswanderung ber den Fimmv r uh ls, die Durchquerung des J kuls rglj fur-Nationalparks, eine leichtere Tour durch das westliche... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Trekking Klassiker Island - IJsland | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Die fünf vorgestellten Routen haben sich als Islands Klassiker etabliert. Der Laugavegur (53 km), der bekannteste Trek Islands, führt von der Hochlandoase Landmannalaugar durch bunte Rhyolithberge und karge Sand- und Lavawüsten in vier Tagesetappen nach Þórsmörk. Tiefe Schluchten, rauschende Wasserfälle und glitzernde Eiszungen prägen die... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Boundless
  • "In the end, these people helped me realize that Boundless was more than a job; it was metaphor for life. It came down to one simple, daily decision—do I stand still or move forward?"Filming the hit television series Boundless, Simon Donato has raced thousands human-powered kilometres across the globe—from the frigid tundra of Iceland to the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Boundless
  • "In the end, these people helped me realize that Boundless was more than a job; it was metaphor for life. It came down to one simple, daily decision—do I stand still or move forward?"Filming the hit television series Boundless, Simon Donato has raced thousands human-powered kilometres across the globe—from the frigid tundra of Iceland to the... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2016
  • Moon Iceland
  • Iceland resident Jenna Gottlieb reveals the local secrets of her adopted country, from the colorful galleries and humming restaurants of Reykjavik the stunning fjords of East Iceland. Gottlieb recommends unique trip ideas like Reykjavik: The Urban Experience,” Long Weekend in Iceland,” and Countryside Adventures.” Complete with detailed... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2016
  • Moon Iceland
  • Iceland resident Jenna Gottlieb reveals the local secrets of her adopted country, from the colorful galleries and humming restaurants of Reykjavik the stunning fjords of East Iceland. Gottlieb recommends unique trip ideas like Reykjavik: The Urban Experience,” Long Weekend in Iceland,” and Countryside Adventures.” Complete with detailed... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 111 Places in Iceland That You Shouldn't Miss
  • Iceland's specialties are its contrasts. The capital of Reykjavik offers urban life with an unbelievable cultural variety, yet you can find yourself in total isolation as soon as you travel into the barren lava landscapes of the island. Fire and ice have not only shaped the unmistakable face of Iceland, they have also produced a special kind of... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 111 Places in Iceland That You Shouldn't Miss
  • Iceland's specialties are its contrasts. The capital of Reykjavik offers urban life with an unbelievable cultural variety, yet you can find yourself in total isolation as soon as you travel into the barren lava landscapes of the island. Fire and ice have not only shaped the unmistakable face of Iceland, they have also produced a special kind of... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - IJsland
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJslandVerken IJsland op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJsland! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals de geisers in Haukadalur en vulkaan Hekla niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en ga op zoek naar de elfjes in Bakkageroi, wandel over het rode strand Raudasandur of struin... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - IJsland
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJslandVerken IJsland op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJsland! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals de geisers in Haukadalur en vulkaan Hekla niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en ga op zoek naar de elfjes in Bakkageroi, wandel over het rode strand Raudasandur of struin... Read more
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Maps

Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Askja - Herdubreid - Kverkfjöll
  • Askja - Herdubreid - Kverkfjöll 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. Two enlargements show in greater detail at 1:50,000 Öskjuvatn Lake with the... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Árnes
  • Árnes, map no. 12, 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
  • Öræfajökull
  • Öræfajökull, map no. 23, 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 West: Akranes - Eiríksjökull Glacier
  • 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 extends northwards from Akranes to Skarðsströnd and the Gilsfjördur bay and... Read more
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Iceland East: Vatnajokull - Egilsstaoir
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Borgarfjordur
  • 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
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 East: Southern Vatnajökull
  • South-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 southwards from the central part of the Vatnajökull Glacier with... 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
  • 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
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