Adventurous 13-Hour Summer Hiking Tour in the Icelandic Highlands with Reykjavik Transfers

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Reykjavík, Iceland
14 hours
June - Sept.
Minimum age
10 years old


Discover the colorful snow-capped peaks in the Kerlingarfjoll mountain range with this exciting full-day hiking tour from Reykjavik. Travelers seeking incredible panoramic views of the gushing glacial rivers and dramatic mountains in the Icelandic Highlands should book this tour now.

Your full-day trip begins with a pick-up from Reykjavik at about 8:00. Alternatively, you can request a pick-up from Gullfoss at 10:00, which is on the way to the day’s hiking destination.

When everyone is on board, you’ll travel to the Kerlingarfjoll area of the Icelandic Highlands. You’ll ride in a four-wheel-drive vehicle equipped to handle the rough roads in the Highlands easily. 

Enjoy the picturesque trip as you anticipate the striking beauty to come. The Kerlingarfjoll mountain range boasts breathtaking scenery, including steaming geothermal valleys, vibrant rhyolite mountains, and unbeatable vistas. 

Your driver will first take you to the Highland base in the Asgardur valley, at the edge of the Kerlingarfjoll mountains. Here, you’ll prepare for the trek with a safety briefing from your expert guide before heading off to explore the wonders that await. 

Then, your group will hike to the Hveradalir ravine, an otherworldly geothermal valley that’s a highlight for many visitors to the Icelandic Highlands. Its name means the “Valley of the Hot Springs,” and it’s easy to see why when you stop to marvel at the steaming landscapes surrounding you.

Stand in awe of the caramel-colored mountains, which boast the perfect contrast against the snow splattered on their peaks. Ensure your camera is ready to capture shots of this magical setting for lasting memories.

After ​​Hveradalir, your transport will take you to Kerlingarfjoll’s next hiking spot. Your group will climb to the top of Mount Fannborg and Mount Snaekollur, the range's highest peaks.

Mount Fannborg is 4,685 feet (1,428 meters) high, and Mount Snaekollur is 4,881 feet (1,488 meters). Because you’re beginning well above sea level, the total elevation increase for the day’s hike is 1,640 feet (500 meters), making the hike doable for anyone with a decent fitness level.

As you traverse these dramatic peaks, soak up the awe-inspiring panoramas of colorful mountains, some covered in glaciers and snow. This trek is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the Highlands’ unique landscapes, an experience that will become etched in your mind.

Today’s hike is considered moderately difficult. It covers 5 miles (8 kilometers), and children as young as 10 can join. You’ll walk around 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) in the Hveradalir area and about 3.7 miles (6 kilometers) over Mount Fannborg and Mount Snaekollur.

After an unforgettable day of hiking, your driver will take you from Kerlingarfjoll back to Reykjavik, where the tour finishes.

Don’t miss the chance to experience the unmatched beauty of the Kerlingarfjoll mountain range in the Icelandic Highlands with this full-day hiking tour from Reykjavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing
Water and windproof jacket and pants
Headwear, gloves, and thermal underwear
Sturdy hiking shoes
Snacks and water bottle

Good to know

The bus departs Reykjavik at 8:00 and Gullfoss cafe at 10:00. Expected return time is about 18:40 at Gullfoss and 21:00 in Reykjavik.

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