Mountain Tours

Mountain Tours

Iceland is a country defined by its misty mountains, snow-capped volcanoes and dramatic summits. Mountain tours combine hiking, sightseeing and super jeep excursions, taking visitors to some of the land's most breathtaking regions.

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Frequently asked questions

What equipment do I need for mountain hiking in Iceland?

Warm, waterproof and windproof clothing and sturdy hiking boots that support the ankle are necessary for mountain hiking in Iceland. On snowy or icy peaks, you will need crampons, but your tour operators will provide them when they are needed.

Why is Iceland so mountainous?

Iceland is divided by the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates drift apart. This results in extreme volcanic activity that perpetually creates both the land and its mountains.

Where are the oldest mountains in Iceland?

The oldest mountains in Iceland are in the Westfjords; they are approximately 16 million years old.

Are all the mountains in Iceland volcanic?

All mountains in Iceland were originally created by volcanic activity, but many old volcanoes are now dormant or cold. None of the mountains in the Westfjords, for example, are volcanically active anymore.

Can you go rock climbing on Iceland’s mountains?

Experienced climbers can ascend some of Iceland’s rocky mountains, such as Mt. Kirkjufell.

What dangers are associated with the mountains of Iceland?

Most accidents happen due to a lack of experience and an overestimation of one’s abilities. Avalanches, caused by inclement weather, can also pose serious threats, so be sure to check the weather forecast and evaluate the risks before you depart.

Is it possible to ski on Iceland’s mountains?

Yes, the country's most popular ski resorts are Akureyri's Mt. Hlíðarfjall in North Iceland, and Bláfjöll mountains in the greater Reykjavík area.

Why aren't Iceland's mountains taller?

Although there are many mountains in Iceland, they do by no means reach the heights of their Alpine and Himalayan counterparts because, in Iceland, the Earth's tectonic plates are drifting away from each other, but only when tectonic plates push together do truly titanic mountains form.