4 June 2019

3 Awesome Hiking Trails in Iceland

Hiking trails in Iceland

Iceland is home to many, many spectacular hiking trails. Some of them have existed for a long time, but since more people, both Icelanders and visitors, have taken an interest in hiking, new trails have formed as well. Although it was kind of hard to pick only top 3 three, we think we did a pretty good job!

Reykjadalur hiking trail

Reykjadalur hiking

A hiking trail for all fitness levels. No one will be left behind when walking the Reykjadalur geothermal hiking trail. Yes, we said geothermal hike! When you walk to Reykjadalur, you walk through a valley filled with steam that rises from the earth. A geothermal river runs down the valley, and when you eventually reach Reykjadalur, you will find the perfect spots for a bath. Don't forget your swimsuit because you'll definitely want to take a dip. It’s a popular trail so there might be many other visitors that had the same idea as you. But don't let that discourage you. The valley is vast, and there is plenty of room for everyone.

Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail

Fimmvorduhals

A moderately difficult hiking trail. Don't walk Fimmvörðuháls if you’re not a fit and experienced hiker! Fimmvörðuháls is one of the most famous and popular treks in Iceland. It lays between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Although it's accessible, it's a bit dangerous in parts. You are advised to take all the equipment you need to guide your way on your hike. A map, a compass, GPS and plenty of water. The hike takes up to 9 hours, and although not for beginners, it's well guided and gorgeous.

Glanni waterfall and Paradise Hollow

Glanni and paradisarlaut hiking

Image: West.is

In Borgarfjörður you´ll find a lovely hiking trail to Glanni waterfall and the beautiful Paradise Hollow. Glanni is a waterfall in Norðurá river which is famous for salmon fishing in Iceland. The surroundings are quite spectacular with the birch trees and mountain views. It’s an easy walk on a clear path, and there’s even a shop at the carpark.

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