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Frequently Asked Questions
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. 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 recommended.
2. Can I hike in the Highlands all year round?
No, the Icelandic Highlands are only accessible during summertime.
3. What is Laugavegurinn?
This is the name given to the most popular hike in Iceland, the 55km (34 mi) hike between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. It holds the same name as Reykjavik’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 the Laugavegur in 3-4 days. The trek is demanding and requires a lot of planning.
4. What is Fimmvorduhals?
Fimmvorduhals is a 26km (16 mi) long hike between Skogar and Thorsmork in south Iceland. The hike goes past dozens of waterfalls, a glacier and the volcano Eyjafjallajokull—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. This hike is demanding and requires planning.
5. 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 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.
6. 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, Thorsmork or Skogar, and back from any of those locations with no limit on the time it takes you to finish the hike.
7. 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.
8. What type of clothing do I need to pack 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. Don’t underestimate the Icelandic weather.
9. 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 Reykjavik. Heidmork is a nature reserve on the outskirts of the capital, with plenty of short hiking trails. Some smaller mountains are not too far from Reykjavik, and it can take between 2-6 hours to hike up and down. These include Mt. Mosfell, Mt. Helgafell, Mt. Keilir and Mt. Esjan.
10. What other areas are popular for hiking beside Laugavegurinn and Fimmvorduhals?
There are hiking trails found all over Iceland, with varying difficulties. Kerlingarfjoll 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 the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve.