The Ultimate Guide to Hiking in Iceland

If walking and hiking holidays are your idyll, then Iceland could be the perfect choice for you. With wide open spaces and miles and miles of pure, rugged terrain – it's no wonder that Iceland has become such a popular destination for lovers of the great outdoors. And, with long hours of daylight in the summer months, you can explore to your heart's content without having to worry about making your way back before the sun sets!

Whether you're a veteran of escorted holidays or usually prefer independent exploring, why not consider small group walking and hiking trips whilst planning your Iceland itinerary. Groups are usually small and provide like-minded company, but also give you the freedom to keep to yourself if and when you want to. Led by expert guides, being part of a group will also mean your surrounds will be brought to life rather than just observed, and your safety in the great outdoors is taken care of.

If you're a hiking enthusiast, then your travel options are endless. You can opt for a purely hiking holiday, perhaps combine some walking with other means of transport, or simply incorporate a small and easy hike or two into other Iceland itineraries.

Finding the right accommodation in Iceland to suit you is easy here, and for peace of mind – we can even arrange for your luggage to be transported ahead of you so that you won't have to wait to explore your next destination's sublime surrounds, making a well-organised and hassle-free experience.

Here's our quick guide of top tips and the best trips for exploring Iceland on foot:

Top tips:

  • Wear layers – Invest in good quality outdoor clothing that will be comfortable, regulate your temperature and be light to carry around. Layer them up so you can add or remove them as required along your journey. A waterproof jacket is vital and a hat is very handy, whether it's to keep the sun off or keep the cold out.
  • These shoes were made for walking – Having the right shoes goes without saying really. Invest in a good pair of boots which provide grip, ankle support and – most importantly – are comfortable. Be sure to wear in any new boots before you set off.
  • Eat and drink plenty – Staying hydrated and getting with enough energy is key to keeping going comfortably on a long hike. Drink plenty of water and take more snacks than you think you'll need just in case.
  • Prepare for any eventuality – Trips and falls happen, you could come down with a cold and the weather can be unpredictable. Have a simple first aid kit with you including plasters and paracetomol, some extra socks, wet wipes and tissues, and gloves - even in summer it can get cold, especially in the mountains. Also, make sure you know the phone number for Iceland's emergency services (it's 112, and you can also download their app), and let people know where you're planning to hike.
  • Camera – Don't forget to stop regularly to take plenty of photos along the way, you're going to see some stunning scenery and you'll want to have the memories of it to show people and reminisce when you return.
  • Watch out for trolls and elves – Iceland is the land of legend and folklore and around every corner creatures could be lurking, known as the hidden people. They are believed to protect the land and you don't want to upset them.

Feeling inspired?

For help with finding your perfect hiking and walking holiday in Iceland, enquire online or speak to a Travel Specialist.

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