Hiking Tours in Iceland
Many tourists in Iceland travel on foot at some point during their holiday in Iceland. Some shuffle off to visit one of Iceland's famous outdoor pools while others visit the shops in Iceland and stroll down the Laugavegur shopping street. Then there are those who actually trek the Laugavegur hiking trail between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork.
The trail "Laugavegurinn" is one of the most popular and most travelled hiking trails in Icelandic wilderness. It is equally popular with domestic and foreign hikers. This is not without a reason as the trail offers a great variety of landscape. Mountains in almost every colour of the rainbow, great glaciers, roaring hot springs, big rivers and lakes. Generally the hike lasts four days and the starting point is Landmannalaugar (altitude approx. 600 meters) Overnighting is in huts but you have to supply your own sleeping bag. Those with confirmed reservations have a higher priority so it is important to look in advance if you want to have a certain place to stay. Laugavegurinn, or Laugavegur hiking trail is 55 kilometres long is maintained and serviced by Ferðafélag Íslands (FÍ), the Iceland Touring Association.
You can either hike cross-country with a map and compass, or use one of the marked-out routes. For longer tours you do need to be fit and well equipped as the weather can change suddenly. It is not unknown for there to be freak snow-storms in the Summer, especially on higher ground.
There are long hiking trails that will take you across some of the most scenic landscapes in the most remote parts of Iceland and there are short hiking trails that lie at the doorstep of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik.
Many of the well marked tekking paths are close to the main roads making them available to most people. They are well marked and maintained throughout the year.