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Forged by fire and neverending frost, the hiking trails of Iceland are some of the most dramatic in Europe.

In the north, follow ice-bound valleys under the Northern Lights. In the west, find obsidian sands sprawled along the shoreline. Among the highlands, track through mossy mountains and cooling lava fields. Or choose to have it all: on trails like Laugavegur and Landmannalaugar, you’ll experience different worlds and all four seasons in the span of a single trip.

Ready to explore the Land of Fire and Ice? Discover awesome Iceland hiking trips below and reserve your spot today!

Iceland Hiking
Stories

Looking to learn why National Geographic named the Laugavegur Trail one of the most beautiful hikes in the world? Want to know what it takes to trek Iceland in the wintertime (apart from a very warm jacket)?

Check out Iceland trip reports and adventure travel stories written by seasoned trekkers and knowledgeable local guides. From seeking enlightenment among volcanoes to finding female empowerment on Laugavegur, these tales will get you hyped for the trails.

What Do People Think of Iceland Hiking Tours?

Hiking the Hidden Trails of Iceland
David A.
Outstanding hiking in the remote and incredibly scenic parts of the highlands of Iceland. Highly recommend Alberto, Monica, and their trips. You will see the most beautiful parts of hidden Iceland. For several days you will not see any other people and only incredible natural beauty.
Hiking Iceland's Famous Laugavegur Trail
Frances C.
How do I start this… I celebrated my birthday with a trip to Iceland. We did the 5-day Laugavegur trek first and then another 5 days sightseeing in Reykjavik. For me the trekking experience was amazing. The weather was so nice during the trekking, with a few cloudy moments here and there. Our tour guide, Greta, was caring, fun knowledgeable, very helpful, and a good storyteller. I love listening to her stories, especially the ghost one! The scenery on the 5-days trek was breathtaking, so raw, pure, and untouched in some places. The only suggestion I would have is the hut accommodation, I hope they would put fewer people in a tiny room (I still couldn’t believe that 20 adults were actually sharing a tiny hut). Other than that, hands down the best Laugavegur trek in Iceland!!
Women’s Laugavegur Hiking Tour
Bee A.
My time in Iceland was truly life-changing and I have to give a special thanks to Saga for leading such a memorable experience! From her passion for her country, the culture, and adventure in nature, every moment was truly inspiring. Now when I think of “happy places” my favorite memories were our hike up Reykjadalur Valley to the hot river and our walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier that ended with a meditation underneath the sun and a rainbow! I will absolutely be back to explore even further with Viking Women.
Co-Ed Hiking Tour for Over 50s
Stephanie R.
My sister and I had an amazing time in Iceland! Saga was a wonderful, knowledgeable guide and shared great stories that brought the landscapes and experiences to life. We were also shown great local spots for food and drinks. Would definitely recommend her to anyone traveling to Iceland. We can’t wait to get back!
Hiking Iceland's Volcanic Trails
Packednreadytogoagain
We selected the Wilderness of Struter Trail rather than the more popular Landmannalaugar trek since we wanted to be far from the maddening crowd. It exceeded our expectations! Milla was an incredible guide and really helped us make the most of our 5 days…she was also an incredible resource on Iceland in general.

Why Book an Iceland Trekking Tour Through 57hours?

We work with the best guides

The hiking guides we work with in Iceland are some of the best in their trade.

As avid adventurers ourselves, we’re well aware of the importance of choosing the right guide. A great guide will bring a local flair to the trek, making sure you experience all the hidden gems of the area. They’ll have the professional know-how to keep you safe on your adventure. Finally, they’ll be a much-needed friend in the wilderness: they’ll keep you company, joke around with you, and, if need be, motivate you to keep pushing onward!

This is why we employ an extensive and detailed vetting process. All of our guides are highly experienced, well-versed in the area, and, most importantly, they're awesome individuals who we'd love to have a beer with. Plan a trip using 57hours, and you'll be in good—no, great!—hands.

The hiking guides we work with in Iceland are some of the best in their trade.
The Iceland guides we work with will take care of all the boring stuff like logistics and planning.

We take care of the boring stuff

The Iceland guides we work with will take care of all the boring stuff like logistics and planning.

Think of all the stuff you need to take care of before planning a trip: the endless googling, the metric ton of e-mails, fiddling around with deposits and permits, etc. Now imagine if you had someone to do that for you. We’ll help you rent all the equipment you need, assist with the logistics of the trip, and make all the necessary arrangements with your guide—you just need to show up!

We contribute to the communities

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, and Mount Esja dominating the city from above.

The Iceland hiking guides we partner with don’t simply helicopter in, they are a part of the local community. By booking your trip through 57hours, you’re supporting local jobs and businesses while guaranteeing yourself an authentic taste of Iceland.

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, and Mount Esja dominating the city from above.
Join the hiking community in Iceland and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

Join the community of certified outdoor addicts

Join the hiking community in Iceland and meet fellow outdoor enthusiasts.

The fun doesn’t end when you’re off the trails — we like to keep things going even after the adventure. We’ll help you stay in touch with your guide, sharing photos, updates, and keeping you posted on any new trips. Also, you’ll be able to chat with the folks you’ve met on your hike via our handy Facebook and WhatsApp groups.

Get to know Iceland

Iceland Visitor Information

  • What is the best month for hiking in Iceland?

    Iceland’s best hiking season is between May and September. The temperatures stay between 50-55°F (9-13°C), there’s significantly less rainfall than in the shoulder seasons, and all the popular trails are open.

    If you’re interested in the ice caves or Northern Lights, wintertime trekking tours of Iceland are possible, albeit challenging.

    While it’s liberating to be free from schedules and have the most popular spots all to yourselves, hiking Iceland in the winter takes a lot of determination and prep work. The highlands get extremely cold and windy, the snowfall is immense, and many roads are closed to non-specialized vehicles. If you’re planning a winter hiking tour of Iceland, make sure to go with a guide.

  • What is the weather like in Iceland?

    • High season: between June and August, the temperatures in Iceland are at their warmest, reaching 77°F (25°C), Plus, you can catch the midnight sun. It’s the most stable season, but the weather still gets unpredictable.
    • The shoulder seasons: May, September, and early October. Winter loses its grasp in May, but it slowly catches up in September, marking the start of Northern Light spotting season.
    • Low season: Proper Icelandic winter lasts from mid-October to the end of April. Expect snow and heavy winds. The temperatures linger around 35°F (1°C) but dip into the low -20s (-30°C) in the highlands and northern regions. Best season for chasing the Northern Lights and avoiding the crowds.
  • Can you see Northern Lights in Iceland?

    The hikers observing the Northern Lights in Iceland.

    As Iceland is situated near the North Pole, it is possible to see the Northern Lights. Plan on visiting between September and March, when the nights are longest.

    If you want to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights as much as possible, visit in March. The third week of March sees twice as many geomagnetic storms as usual, which means more lively and visible Lights.

    However, keep in mind that seeing them is never a sure thing—it’s better to view it as a cherry on top of an already amazing adventure.

  • How to get to Iceland?

    • By plane
    • By ferry

    If you are traveling to Iceland from abroad, flying into Keflavik International Airport is the way to go. Keflavik is the hub for international travel to Iceland and is only an hour away from Reykjavik, the starting point of most Iceland hiking tours. The airport provides regular bus transfers to Reykjavik, Iceland, where you’ll usually be meeting your hiking guide.

    Alternatively, if you’re up for an adventure, you can also take a weekly ferry to Iceland from Denmark. You get a chance to explore the Faroe Islands, as well as transport your own car, motorcycle, or bicycle.

  • What are the best hiking destinations in Iceland?

    Iceland has over 500 hiking trails, and most are very enjoyable. These are some of our top picks:

    Alternatively, if you’re up for an adventure, you can also take a weekly ferry to Iceland from Denmark. You get a chance to explore the Faroe Islands, as well as transport your own car, motorcycle, or bicycle.

    • The Laugavegur Trail: The most popular multi-day hike and a great way to see what hiking in Iceland is all about: you will cross crater ridges, traverse glacial rivers, venture through endless mossy expanses, and relax in a geothermal valley all in the course of a few hours.
    • Landmannalaugar Valley: Dubbed “the Pearl of the Highlands”, Landmannalaugar is our top recommendation for guided day hikes in Iceland. With colorful rhyolite mountains, azure lakes, and relaxing hot springs, it’s the place to go if you’re looking to experience Iceland on a tight schedule.
    • Thorsmork Valley: Situated at the foot of three glaciers, Thorsmork Valley offers fantastic Iceland walking tours for all age groups and fitness levels. You’ll explore moss-covered mountains, deep valleys, and amazing glacial streams on forgiving and exceptionally maintained hiking trails.
  • Is Iceland expensive to visit?

    Iceland is beautiful, but it’s not really a budget-friendly destination. Considered to be the fifth most expensive country in the world by the cost of living, the guided hiking trips in Iceland will cost you between 300$ to 400$ a day, with all-inclusive meals, accommodation, and expert guidance.

    Iceland uses Krona (ISK) as its main currency, but you can use your credit or debit cards at most places. Still, it’s a good idea to exchange your main currency for Krona during your stay.

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