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
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
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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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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The Book Depository
United Kingdom
2015
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  • Stanfords, United Kingdom
  • Bol.com, Netherlands
  • Bol.com, Belgium
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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 hiking and trekking guidebook offers a total of 49 day hikes and 10 multi-stage treks set right across the magnificent country of Iceland. With three national parks including the mighty Vatnajökull, it is a country of incredible beauty, and its capital, Reykjavík, is an established and easy-to-get-to destination. Including popular, such as... Read more
Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Walking and trekking in Iceland
  • This hiking and trekking guidebook offers a total of 49 day hikes and 10 multi-stage treks set right across the magnificent country of Iceland. With three national parks including the mighty Vatnajökull, it is a country of incredible beauty, and its capital, Reykjavík, is an established and easy-to-get-to destination. Including popular, such as... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Walking and Trekking in Iceland - IJsland | Cicerone
  • 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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De Zwerver
Netherlands
  • Natuurgids Botanical map Ijsland | Mal og Menning
  • The botanical map provides clear and accessible information on Iceland's main plants. It shows 78 flowering plants, together with distribution maps and information on size, habitat and season of flowering. The map also includes pictures of Iceland's principal cryptograms (spore-bearing plants), grasses, algae, lichens and fungi. The map's... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Wandelgids Island - IJsland | Conrad Stein Verlag
  • Handzaam boekje met routebeschrijvingen inclusief een heleboel praktische informatie. De beschrijving is uitstekend, maar kaarten zijn beperkt en schetsmatig aanwezig. Duits Island, die „letzte Wildnis Europas“; gilt als Eldorado für Naturliebhaber und begeistert mit einem dichten Netz hervorragend markierter Wege. Dieses Buch beschreibt die 22... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Eldhestar
  • A mesmerizing photo medley surrounding Eldhestar, one of the largest and most popular horse trekking operations in Iceland. The pictures are fun, colorful, and action oriented. Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Eldhestar
  • A mesmerizing photo medley surrounding Eldhestar, one of the largest and most popular horse trekking operations in Iceland. The pictures are fun, colorful, and action oriented. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids ANWB extra IJsland | ANWB Media
  • Handige en overzichtelijke, kleine reisgids voor een eerste kennismaking met de vakantiebestemming of een weekendje stad. Globale uitklapkaart achterin, makkelijk binnenzakformaat. Beleef IJsland met de compleet vernieuwde reisgids ANWB Extra IJsland! De ongerepte natuur is voor veel toeristen dé reden om naar IJsland af te reizen. Er is... Read more
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
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  • De Zwerver, Netherlands
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Iceland - Ijsland | Rother Bergverlag
  • 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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Maps

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
  • 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
  • Langanes
  • Langanes, map no. 29, 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
  • 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
  • Seyðisfjörður
  • Seyðisfjörður, map no. 30, 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 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
  • Reykjanesskagi
  • Reykjanesskagi, map no. 1, 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 1:100,000 Complete Set (31 maps)
  • Iceland at 1:100,000 in a Complete Set of 31 topographic survey maps 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
  • 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
Stanfords
United Kingdom
  • Reyðarfjörður
  • Reyðarfjörður, map no. 31, 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 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
  • 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
  • Iceland Mal og menning Road Atlas 2021-2023
  • 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
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