Complete Iceland - Hiking and Trekking



Complete Iceland - Hiking and Trekking

Discover Iceland on foot and experience the country's rustic charm. Be one with nature as you follow marked hiking trails that fit your fitness level. See the most iconic sights of the Ring Road as well, and soak in the beauty of the diverse scenery, from glaciers and volcanoes to hot springs and waterfalls. Dive into Nature’s most glorious landscapes and reach the most remote and seldom visited areas by adding a few of our hiking routes to your trip. For each trail, we provide you with the essential information and tips on what equipment to bring for hiking. Exploration made easy! Available from 1 May to 30 September.

💡 Our customized hiking adventure takes you to the most sacred and awe-inspiring places of Iceland, sometimes to the most remote and seldom visited areas. Immerse yourself into the beauty of Icelandic Nature and get up close with the country’s most astonishing geological formations with the hikes in an app named WAPP in your mobile. Read more about the WAPP here.

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Included

  • 12 nights' accommodation, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 13 days - unlimited mileage and CDW
  • Flybus transfer to and from airport
  • E-Itinerary with the tour map, location points, and pictures for you to view before you arrive.
  • Driver Guide tablet mapping and navigating your personalized journey and highlights of surrounding areas. Including a GPS Navigation system, recommendations along the way, helpful information, a messenger system to stay in touch with us, our Driver Guide will instantly become your best travel mate.
  • Free Wi-Fi Hotspot through tablet
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee
  • Recommended hiking trails for each day

Highlights

  • Using the WAPP hiking app - Explore Iceland on foot, following beautiful hiking trails
  • Discover Iceland's famous 'Golden Circle' attractions and the beautiful South Coast
  • Discover the East- and Westfjord's stunning scenery and charming fishing villages
  • Tour the exceptional landscapes of several national parks including glaciers, glacier lagoons and volcanoes
  • See colourful seabirds at close range
  • Tour the mystical and beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Get to know Iceland's Viking past at historic sites all around the country
  • Staff recommendations for excellent activities

Included

The Driver Guide Tablet

Driver Guide was designed to assist you on your journey to Iceland, guiding you through your personalized day-to-day itinerary. The tablet also gives you recommendations along the way, and helpful information regarding driving conditions, weather forecast, and more. How does it all work?

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  • Personal Wifi hotspot

  • Safe Travel Information

  • Digital Vouchers

Itinerary

Arrival day | Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland! As a start, feel the good vibes of Reykjavík for yourself and visit one of the city’s greatest museums, art galleries, concept stores, concert venues, outdoor geothermal pools… and much more. In our humble opinion, a visit to Reykjavík is not complete without a foodie experience in one of the numerous top-notch restaurants and inviting cafés. The Flybus will transfer you to your accommodation in Reykjavík from Keflavik Airport. Optional, and not included in the price, is to pick up the rental car at the airport when you arrive.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in the tour price. We can take care of the booking).

Day 1 | The Golden Circle

Today, visit three of Iceland’s most popular natural wonders, starting with Þingvellir National Park, a unique UNESCO World Heritage site where you can walk between two continents, no less! Get mesmerized by Gullfoss Waterfall’s dramatic drop, relentless flow and vibrant colour before you step on another planet at Geysir hot spring area. Additional stops include the colourful 3,000 year-old explosion crater Kerið, Skálholt cathedral, and the tomato greenhouses at Friðheimar. The ultimate introduction to Iceland.

Accommodation in the Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Day 2 | The South Coast

Head off the South Coast and be prepared for a series of spectacular sights just in the span of one day. Take a pleasant walk to and behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall without forgetting its equally beautiful neighbour, Gljúfrabúi. Let Skógafoss Waterfall and its enchanting rainbows take your breath away and relax while watching puffins and other seabirds at Dyrhólaey. Continue to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, with the option to go a little off-the-beaten track with our hike on Hellnar Peninsula for rarely seen views.

Your hiking options today:

  • SELJALANDSFOSS & GLJUFRABUI
    Duration: 1,5 hours – Difficulty: Easy – Distance: 2246m
    Begin your exploration of the South Coast with an exciting 2-for-1 waterfall chase. Venture yourself behind the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss whose drizzle might get you slightly wet, for a unique perspective of the waterfall. Visit its equally beautiful neighbour, Gljúfrabúi, nestled in a mossy crevasse.
  • HELLUR NEAR REYNISFJARA
    Duration: 2 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 1725m
    A short walk from Reynisfjara Black Beach on Hellnar Peninsula, where you can sneak in various caves once used by the famous fire priest Jón Steingrímsson and his family as they lived there in the mid-18th Century. Enjoy spectacular views and step back in time in the Living Room Cave and the protected archaeological finds on-site.

Accommodation in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

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Day 3 | Vatnajökull National Park

Wake up to the beauty and tranquillity of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, tie your shoelaces and embark on a relatively easy hike above town, known as the love trail. Continue the adventure by following some of the routes marked in Skaftafell National Park, with such rewarding sights as Svartifoss Waterfall and massive glacier tongues. Unwind your trip looking at the icebergs drifting into Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, ending their way onto Diamond Beach for the most delicate sight. Continue to fishing village Höfn, known for its delicious lobster.

Your hiking option today:

  • ÁSTARBRAUTIN (THE LOVE TRAIL)
    Duration: 2 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 4100m
    Follow the beautiful and romantic Ástarbrautin trail – ást meaning love – just above the town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Get priceless views over Landbrotshólar, the most extensive area of pseudocraters in Iceland, and get real close to Systrafoss (Sisters‘ Waterfall) and Systravatn (Sisters‘ Lake).

Accommodation in Höfn area.

Day 4 | The East

Expect the drive itself to be one-of-a-kind today, featuring tall mountains and open fjords, dotted with quaint fishing towns worth a stop such as Breiðdalsvík, Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður. Let your mind wander in the diverse scenery of the Eastfjords by hopping on one of our hikes across areas shaped by glaciers, along rocky waterfalls, with possible encounters with reindeers and Arctic foxes, and intense birdlife. Spend the night in Egilsstaðir town, located on the banks of the Lagarfljót River where Iceland’s very own Loch NessMonster, the sea serpent Lagarfljótsormur, allegedly lives.

Your hiking options today:

  • HJALLANES CIRCLE
    Duration: 2,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 8100m
    Follow the Hjallanes hiking route, a splendid area that used to be entirely covered by Skálafellsjökull Glacier some hundred years ago. In Autumn and Spring, observe wildlife up close in their natural habitat, including reindeers and Arctic foxes, Iceland‘s only native mammal. In Summer, enjoy the rich birdlife!
  • WHITE SANDS BY DJÚPIVOGUR
    Duration: 2,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 8100m
    Enjoy the vast wilderness of the striking Eastfjords with this trail along Langitangi. In Summer, the area is teeming with moorland birds, ducks and seabirds that will delight ornithologists and bird enthusiasts alike. The prominent Mt. Búlandstindur is a sight to behold, being the symbol of the Djúpivogur County. A good option for families and children traveling in Iceland.
  • FARDAGAFOSS
    Duration: 1 hour – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 2003m
    A short there-and-back hike to Fardagafoss, the top one of three gem waterfalls fed by Miðhúsaá River, the other two being Gufufoss and Folaldafoss. The plume and the shapes of the fractured rocks reveal an extraordinary place of contrasts and textures. There is a cave behind Fardagafoss, accessible with an overhang protecting the entrance.
    Accommodation in the Egilsstaðir area.

Days 5 and 6 | Húsavík or Lake Mývatn area

Day 5 starts with the captivating raw beauty and desolated landscapes of the Northern part of Vatnajökull National Park and rough diamonds like Ásbyrgi Canyon, Hljóðaklettar (the Echo cliffs) and Dettifoss waterfall. Back on the coast, let Húsavík fishing town charm you from its lively harbour to delicious fish and chips, and meet the humpback whales on an unforgettable whale watching excursion. Unwind your trip at GeoSea Thermal Baths.
Lake Mývatn area deserves a full day by itself, boasting a wide range of unique geothermal and volcanic sites, of which Námafjall boiling mudpools and steaming fumaroles, Dimmuborgir troll-like lava formations, Grjótagjá lava cave, Skútustaðir pseudo-craters are not-to-be-missed. Get a complete picture of the area from the top of Hverfjall crater and feel the natural high as you walk along the rim.

Your hiking option today:

  • MT. HVERFJALL
    Duration: 2,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 4358m
    Unveil the secrets of Mt. Hverfjall, one of Iceland‘s most remarkable volcanos. Walk up to its rim, and get rewarded with infinite views over Lake Mývatn area, from its fumaroles and vast lava fields, to blue geothermal pools and visible rifts. Feel the Earth beating, litterally!

Accommodation in Húsavík/Mývatn area.

Day 7 | Akureyri

Get your daily dose of Icelandic waterfalls with a first stop at Goðafoss Waterfall (Waterfall of the Gods), known for its divine beauty and the scene of the end of Paganism in Iceland. Venture further inland to reach the extraordinary basalt shaped waterfall Aldeyjarfoss whose beauty and contrasts will make your heart beat really fast. Continue onwards to Akureyri, the Capital of the North, nestled in the magnificent fjord of Eyjafjörður, and appreciated by all for its art of living, rich cultural scene and outdoor recreation.

Your hiking options today:

  • ALDEYJARFOSS WATERFALL
    Duration: 0,5 hour – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 1119m
    Visit Aldeyjarfoss, one of Iceland‘s most photographed waterfalls, and understandably so. Aldeyjarfoss plunges down over 20 meters into a restless cauldron of water, whose vivid blue is a stark contrast with the surrounding black basalt columns and white foam.
  • MT. STAÐARBYGGÐAFJALL
    Duration: 3,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 9402m
    A comfortable hike up Mt. Staðarbyggðafjall, with gradual elevation. The view over the mouth of the fjord Eyjafjörður and the surrounding mountain ranges is hard to put in words, but spectacular seems accurate. A vibrant green panorama in Summer, and a pure white wonderland in Winter!

Accommodation in the Akureyri area.

Day 8 | The Northwest

Unveil the secrets of Skagafjörður fjord, the cradle of the Icelandic horse, also known for the numerous turf houses that remain in the area: Glaumbær farmhouse museum, Víðimýri church, and Grafarkirkja, the oldest church in Iceland. Take a hike up Mælifellshnjúkur, the fjord’s landmark mountain, for spectacular 360° views over the surroundings, or explore Vatnsnes Peninsula, home to one of the largest seal colonies of the country. En route to Hólmavík, stop at the rugged Kolugljúfur Canyon and scenic Kolufossar Falls.

Your hiking options today:

  • MÆLIFELLSHNJÚKUR
    Duration: 3,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 7277m
    Conquer Mælifellshnjúkur, the tallest mountain (1.138m) of the Western part of Skagafjörður region, a gentle but high summit. From the top, enjoy panoramic views over 10 of the 23 districts of the country! A relatively easy but somewhat long hike to a view you won‘t forget.
  • KOLUGLJÚFUR CANYON
    Duration: 0,5 hour – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 1417m
    Walk into the giantess Kola‘s den and explore Kolugljúfur, where the waters flow peacefully downwards to suddenly plunge into the gorge, forming the impressive Kolufossar Falls. You can either admire the view from up high the bridge or stand closer to the waterfall... with caution always!

Accommodation in the Hólmavík area.

Day 9 | The Westfjords

Change scenery for the sometimes moody, often secluded, but always jaw-dropping scenery of the Westfjords. From natural hot springs and abrupt mountains, to isolated cabins and remote villages, this is as close to Nature as it gets! Make Heydalur your starting point for exciting activities such as sea kayaking or horseback riding or opt for the Heydalur Circle that encapsulates the very essence of untouched beauty of the place. Rest in Ísafjörður town in the evening.

Your hiking option today

  • HEYDALUR CIRCLE
    Duration: 3,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 10320m
    Enjoy an active day in the Icelandic mountains by hiking down Heydalur Valley in the Westfjords, one of Iceland‘s oldest parts from a geological point of view. Walk up majestic slopes and back along the ridges, until you reach Bæjargil Canyon. A place of sheer beauty and tranquillity. After the hike, relax in outdoor hot springs!

Accommodation in the Ísafjörður area.

Day 10 | The Westfjords

Awaken your senses as you approach Dynjandi Waterfall, considered by many to be the most beautiful in Iceland, and somewhat reminiscent of a bridal veil. Can you see it? Relax in some of the region’s seaside views hot springs, or head straight to Látrabjarg Cliff, the westernmost point in Europe, home to a plethora of seabirds during the Summer months, including Puffins, Northern Gannets, Guillemots, Razorbills, and much more. At this point, you have probably seen a dozen of black sand beaches on your trip: let Breiðavík and its Golden beach surprise you!

Your hiking option today:

  • BREIÐAVÍK
    Duration: 2 hours – Difficulty: Easy – Distance: 6376m
    Only 12 km from the popular Látrabjarg cliffs, lies the creek of Breiðavík and its glorious Golden beach. Walk down to the beach and you will see how the wind has blown the sand all the way to the mountaintops at each end of the beach. In the evening, witness the most incredible sunset in the vicinity of puffins!

Accommodation in the Barðaströnd area.

Days 11 and 12 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Cross Breiðafjörður Bay by ferry (optional) or drive to Stykkishólmur from where you can go on a smooth boat excursion and sail between the countless islands of the bay. Visit the legendary Mount Kirkjufell and drive past the fishing villages that give the northern coast of Snæfellsnes Peninsula its soul. Make the most of Snæfellsnes National Park by exploring Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Arnarstapi harbour village, Djúpalónssandur beach, Búðir church and Eldborg crater.

You hiking option today:

  • BRIMLÁRHÖFÐI
    Duration: 2 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 5790m
    Although its neighbour Mount Kirkjufell clearly steals the show, Mount Brimlárhöfði offers a different perspective of the Arrowhead Mountain, and fabulous wide open views over the surroundings, all the way to Breiðafjörður Bay. A fun and relatively easy hike on Snæfellsnes Peninsula!
  • DJÚPALÓN AND DRITVÍK
    Duration: 1,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 2536m
    Where lava meets the sea! Experience the dramatic scenery of Djúpalón and Dritvík, and their series of rocky sea stacks emerging from the ocean. Whether your desire is to see fine black sand beaches, freshwater lagoons, lava arches or shipwrecks, this hike has it all.

Accommodation in the Snæfellsnes area.

Day 13 | West Iceland

End this trip on a high note by touring Borgarfjörður region and its numerous natural wonders including the incredibly blue Hraunfossar and Barnafossar falls, as well as Europe’s most powerful hot spring: Deildartunguhver. You can also take a small detour to explore the pristine beauty of Glanni Waterfall and the so-called Paradise Pool, or drive further inland to reach Húsafell, a haven of peace between lava fields and glaciers.

You hiking option today:

  • GLANNI WATERFALL
    Duration: 1 hour – Difficulty: Easy – Distance: 1754m
    Embark on a family-friendly hike across Grábrókarhraun lava field, to reach the peaceful and inspiring oasis of Glanni Waterfall. What Glanni lacks in size, it surely makes up for in beauty, and the Paradise Pool lives up to its name, with the clearest deep-blue water you could ever dream of.
  • FOLLOW IN THE OLD FOOTSTEPS
    Duration: 1,5 hours – Difficulty: Medium – Distance: 3084m
    Follow in the Old Footsteps of Snorri Björnsson, one of Húsafell‘s most famous inhabitants, a priest who has inspired countless stories, and a living legend from the 18th Century. Renowned for its strength, Snorri‘s prowess can be seen all along the trail. Test your strength with the The Húsafell Stone, once used to close the pen!

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in the tour price)

Accommodation in Reykjavík

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in the tour price)

 

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