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What is the best hiking tour in Iceland?

The best single-day hiking tour in Iceland is a 3.5-hour glacier hiking tour on the Vatnajokull Glacier. The tour has an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 from more than 300 reviews. It costs roughly 137 USD per person.
Another excellent hiking tour in Iceland is a 12-hour hiking tour to Litli-Hrutur Volcano, which also includes sightseeing around the Reykjanes Peninsula. This hike has a 4.7-star rating from more than 20 reviews and costs around 110 USD per person.

What is the cheapest hiking tour in Iceland?

The cheapest hiking tour in Iceland is a hiking & puffin-watching tour on Iceland’s South Coast. It costs about 72 USD per person and lasts around 90 minutes. It’s a perfect choice for nature enthusiasts who want to see Iceland’s most famous birdlife.

What is the cheapest trekking tour in Iceland?

The cheapest multi-day trekking tour in Iceland is a four-day trek from Mount Hekla to Landmannalaugar. It costs about 1,006 USD per person, including transfer from Reykjavik to the trek’s starting point, accommodation in mountain huts, and meals.

Are trekking tours in Iceland worth it?

Yes, trekking tours in Iceland are definitely worth it for those seeking an adventurous and unique outdoor experience. These tours offer an opportunity to explore Iceland's stunning landscapes, including its geothermal areas, lush valleys, and glacier-capped mountains. With options for every skill level, from leisurely walks to challenging treks, these tours provide a memorable way to immerse oneself in the natural beauty of Iceland.
Additionally, guided tours offer the expertise of knowledgeable guides, enhancing the experience with insights into the local geology, flora, and wildlife.

Is hiking in Iceland safe?

Yes, hiking in Iceland is generally safe, especially when hiking with an experienced guide. Guides ensure you stick to marked trails and remain aware of changes to weather conditions. If you plan to hike alone, always carry a map and a first-aid kit, and make sure to tell someone about your planned route.

What are the best hiking trails in Iceland?

The best hiking routes in Iceland include the Laugavegur Trail, known for its colorful rhyolite mountains and varied scenery, and the Fimmvorduhals Trail, which offers stunning views of glaciers and volcanic landscapes.
Other beautiful trails include the Viknaslodir Trail in East Iceland, which boasts picturesque fjords and mountains, and the various footpaths in Vatnajokull National Park.

When is the best time to hike in Iceland?

The best time for hiking in Iceland is during the summer months (June to August), which offer long days, milder weather, and the magical midnight sun, allowing for extended hiking hours. While some hikes are suitable in winter, like glacier hikes, summer provides the most favorable conditions for most trails.

Can I hike in the Highlands of Iceland all year round?

No, the Highlands get extremely cold in the winter, with snowstorms and icy conditions that make it inaccessible. You can only reach the Highlands in the summer.

What type of clothing do I need to pack for a hiking tour in Iceland?

Bring warm layers made out of wool and fleece. Don't wear cotton as it has bad insulating capabilities and dries slowly when wet. Bring waterproof clothes and good hiking boots.
If you are camping, be sure to carry a warm sleeping bag, a sturdy tent, and an insulating mattress.
The weather in Iceland changes quickly, so it's essential to be prepared with plenty of layers.

Is it okay to wear sneakers when hiking in Iceland?

No, wearing sneakers or trainers in Iceland is not a good idea. Iceland's terrain is often rocky and uneven, so sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support are always recommended.

Are there any short hiking routes near Reykjavik that I can do in a day or half a day?

Yes, there are many hiking options in the area surrounding Reykjavik. Heidmork is a nature reserve on the outskirts of the capital with plenty of short hiking trails.
There are also several small mountains close to Reykjavik, including Mt. Mosfell, Mt. Helgafell, Mt. Keilir, and Mt. Esjan.

What is Laugavegur?

Laugavegur is the most popular hiking trail in Iceland. It stretches for 34 miles (about 55 kilometers) between Landmannalaugar and the Thorsmork Valley. It also shares its name with Reykjavik's busiest shopping street.
The hiking trail has mountain huts where hikers can sleep, plus campsites. Most people take three to four days to trek the entire Laugavegur route.

What is Fimmvorduhals?

Fimmvorduhals is a 14-mile (roughly 22-kilometer) section of the Laugavegur trail in South Iceland. The route includes an ascent of more than 3,200 feet (about 1,000 meters), meaning it requires a good level of fitness to complete. If you walk this trail, you'll be rewarded with stunning views of the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers.

What other areas in Iceland are popular for hiking beside Laugavegurinn and Fimmvorduhals?

There are hiking trails found all over Iceland, with varying difficulties. Kerlingarfjoll and Hveradalir are popular hiking areas in the Highlands. In the Westfjords, the most notable hiking trails are found in the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.

Do I need to book space in the huts in the Highlands, or can I just show up?

Many of the mountain huts in the Icelandic Highlands are small, meaning they can become fully booked. Therefore, it's highly recommended that you book your space ahead of time to ensure you have a bed for the night during your multi-day trek. Alternatively, you can book an organized tour with a guide, who will sort out your accommodation.

Can I rent hiking equipment in Iceland?

Yes, you can rent hiking and camping gear, including sturdy hiking shoes and waterproof clothing. Some tour providers also offer equipment rental for an additional fee, but you should check when booking.
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