Hiking in Iceland is popular for a reason. Iceland is the perfect country for hiking. It has many hiking trails that are either really tough and demanding or offer an easy stroll in the countryside. We at Stuck in Iceland have taken pride in writing and curating as many travel stories and articles about hiking in Iceland as possible.
Tough hiking trips on glaciers and mountains
The toughest hike I have ever been was the 24 peaks challenge in the mountain range above the town of Akureyri. I have also hiked to the top of Iceland´s highest peak, Mt. Hvannadalshnjúkur and to the top of neighboring Hrútfjallstindar peaks.
Long but fairly easy hiking trails
Hiking paths close to Reykjavik
Easily accessible hiking trails close to Reykjavik include the following:
Hikes where you don’t see anything
It can easily happen in Iceland. You dress up, you wake up early. Then the weather is utterly s**** and you don’t see anything. You are left freezing cold and disappointed.
- Hiking in Iceland when the weather is s**** – part 1
- Hiking in Iceland when the weather is s**** volume 2
Download the Icelandic hiking app
Hiking trails in Iceland are abundant. A quick way to discover the right hiking trail for you is the hiking app Wapp by one of Iceland´s best known guide Einar Skulason.
Before you go hiking in Iceland, please study and follow the advice given on the Safetravel website. Follow the weather forecast and make sure you stay safe!
Clothing needs to be warm and waterproof
Weather in Iceland changes quickly. Make sure to dress properly, think layers, and consider that it is very likely that at some point on your journey you have to contend with strong wind, low visibility, rain, sleet, or even snow. So make sure that your shoes and clothing is waterproof and warm. Read this article on how to dress for Iceland.
Be extra careful when hiking in winter
Hiking in Iceland in winter it is not for the faint of heart. Don´t go on any long hiking trips unless you have a guide.
Always go with a guide to Icelandic glaciers
Never go on an Icelandic glacier without an experienced guide. They are death traps for those who don’t know them inside out.