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About Hiking Tours in Iceland

Over a single day or as part of a multi-day trek, hiking tours allow you the chance to immerse yourself in the dramatic landscapes of Iceland. Many hiking tours are conducted around the country throughout the year, but most are exclusive to summer and take visitors into the Highlands.

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

Always prepare for all kinds of weather, even if the forecast is good. Bring warm layers made out of wool and fleece. Don’t wear cotton, 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. Never underestimate the Icelandic weather.

2. Is it okay to wear sneakers when hiking in Iceland?

No, unless the hike is very short and across comfortable terrain. Proper hiking shoes with ankle support are always recommended.

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

Yes, there are plenty of hiking options all over Iceland, including the area surrounding Reykjavík. Heiðmörk is a nature reserve on the outskirts of the capital, with plenty of short hiking trails. Many small mountains are very close to Reykjavík, including Mt. Mosfell, Mt. Helgafell, Mt. Keilir and Mt. Esjan. 

4. Can I hike in the Highlands all year round?

No, the Icelandic Highlands are only accessible during summertime.

5. What is Laugavegurinn?

This is the name given to the most popular hike in Iceland, the 55 km (34 mi) hike between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk. It holds the same name as Reykjavík’s busiest shopping street. It crosses mountains, a glacier, and several unbridged rivers, and the scenery is stunning. There are huts at the start and end of the hike, and three huts along the way. It is also possible to camp on numerous sites. Most people hike Laugavegurinn in 3-4 days. The trek is demanding and requires a lot of planning.

6. What is Fimmvorduhals?

Fimmvörðuháls is a 26 km (16 mi) long hike between Skógar and Þórsmork in South Iceland. The hike goes past dozens of waterfalls, a glacier and the volcano Eyjafjallajökull—and two new mountains that were created by the volcanic eruption of 2010. There are two huts in the middle of the hike, so it’s possible to do the trek in two days, although most people choose to do it in one. This hike can be done as an extension of the Laugavegur trek, it is demanding and requires planning.

7. Are there any shops on Laugavegurinn or Fimmvorduhals?

Some of the cabins sell basic items, such as soda cans, chocolate bars or instant noodles, and perhaps sunscreen, band-aids or tampons. One hut has a restaurant and sells beer. You must, however, carry your own food and equipment. You only need to bring one bottle of water, however, as you can refill water along the way and drink it straight from the streams.

8. How can I get to the start of Laugavegurinn or Fimmvorduhals hike, and back after the hike?

You can choose where to start and buy a Bus Pass that takes you to Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk or Skógar, and back from any of those locations with no limit on the time it takes you to finish the hike.

9. What other areas are popular for hiking beside Laugavegurinn and Fimmvorduhals?

There are hiking trails found all over Iceland, with varying difficulties. Kerlingarfjöll and Hveradalir are popular in the Highlands, and the area called Fjallabak is popular for longer hiking trails. In the Westfjords, the most notable hiking trails are found in Hornstrandir nature reserve.

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

We highly recommend booking the huts in advance, as many of them are small and with limited space and are frequently fully booked—often weeks in advance since the Highlands are only accessible for roughly three months per year and are very popular during this short time. The huts can accommodate between 11 and 80 people at a time. 

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