Iceland has some brilliantly unique trails that are suitable for both experts and amateurs. Iceland’s magnificent landscapes are seemingly crafted with the keen hiker in mind, so don’t miss the opportunity! Read our guide to hiking trails in Iceland to discover what Iceland has to offer.
The Laugavegur trek has been listed as one of the world’s best hiking trails by National Geographic, reaching roughly 34.1 miles (55km). The trail leads through some of the most beautiful parts of the Icelandic wilderness, distancing itself from any paved road or path. The trail starts in Landmannalauger, a vibrant valley spotted with hot springs and colourful rocks. Some of Iceland’s most active volcanoes are close by the Laugavegur trail, and there are several hot springs along the route which you can bathe in. Completing the trail will take four days, so there are campsites and mountain huts dotted along the way.
Mount Esja Trail
The Mount Esja Trail is of the most popular hiking destinations in Iceland and is roughly 7km. The trail leads to Mount Esja, and when hiking up the summit, you will be greeted with a view of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik. The trail is particularly popular with the locals and is a great opportunity to see what Iceland has to offer. Little to no experience is required for this trail but be sure to check the forecast as the weather can impact your overall experience.
Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir National Park is the only place in the world where splitting tectonic plates can be seen above sea level, and as such is extremely popular with tourist. Along the trail you will get a great view of Iceland’s largest lake, Þingvallavatn. If you follow the trail in Þingvellir National Park, you may also get a glimpse of the Öxarárfoss Waterfall. The water is crystal clear and refreshing, so we recommend filling a water bottle up with some – as it also tastes amazing! The waterfall is even home to a Game of Thrones filming location which is considered ‘famous’ among the locals.
This hike is truly unique. The valley is located about an hour away from Reykjavik and is occupied by a geothermal hot river that you can swim in. The valley is coated in thick green grass, with the steaming river running through. The area can be slightly dangerous due to the unstable ground, so always be careful. The hike can be considered easy, yet it takes a while to complete, so allow roughly 3 hours for the general experience.
Sólheimasandur Plane Crash
The hike to the Sólheimasandur Plane Crash is roughly 5 miles (8km) long and takes roughly 2-3 hours to complete. The hike is flat, making it relatively easy for anyone to walk. The US Navy DC plane wreck dates to 1973 and remains intact from the crash. No one died and everyone was safe after, so it is okay to visit! The scenery of the white plane on the black sand is a surreal picture and is a popular tourist attraction in Iceland. We highly recommend visiting, as the experience is like no other.