Iceland Hiking Tours:11 Stunning Photos Of The Best Trails

01. May 2017
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The backcountry wonders of our remarkable Iceland are jaw-droppingly beautiful. They remind us that all you have to do sometimes is to take the road less travelled, and there's nothing we love more. Here are 11 shots of the best Iceland hiking tours on offer in the country.

How could mere mortals know such wonder?

Since the very beginning, we have always loved the Laugavegur, the classic trek between Landmannlauagar and Thorsmork, a solid 55km and 4 days away. This is surely one of Iceland's best hiking trails

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Laugavegur Trail

Carved by glaciers

By the end, you arrive in Thorsmork, possibly one of the most remarkable places in Iceland. That’s quite a claim, because there quite a few beautiful places in this country, but we’re sticking to it! This completes one Iceland's best hiking trails. Or does it?

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Laugavegur Trail

Through the Land of the Gods, and down again

No. It doesn’t end there. Tack on the phenomenal Fimmvörðuháls hike between Thorsmork and Skogar, voted as one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic. Even if Nat Geo didn't think it was, we would vouch for it all day long!  

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When you hike with Icelandic Mountain Guides, you hike on Iceland's best hiking trails with a company that takes environmental stewardship to heart. A company that has put in place an environmetnal Policy and an Environmental Fund to help maintain and protect Icelandic nature generations to come. 

As environmental stewards in Iceland, we take a proactive approach to preserve the trail and the surrounding nature by allocating 1% of the tour price for each passenger to our Environmental Fund. With us, you get to experience this amazing trail and minimize your environmental impact.


Iceland Hiking Tours That Will Satisfy Your Wanderlust

The Volcanic Trails 

Tucked away around the outskirts of Landmannalaugar is a set of trails that deserves a spot as one of Iceland's best hiking trails. The volcanic trails is a vast area of untold beauty: barren, desolate and haunting.

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Wonder at the end of the world

Casting our wanderlust towards the eastward, we find a landscape where you will be hard-pressed to find another person for a very, very long time. A hidden gem and certainly one of Iceland's best hiking trails.

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In the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier

The Vatnajökull Ice Cap feeds, kneads and moulds the land around it, creating some spectacular scenery and affecting a vast area. We are experts in wanderlust as much as we are experts in the Icelandic backcountry.

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As if the landscape wasn’t enough, and then the heavens align and give us miraculous formations like these lenticular clouds. The remarkable features of the landscape and terrain certainly make these kinds of atmospheric features more likely.

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Wonder with the pioneers

Pioneering trails is something we love to do, and one of our favorite routes takes us from Núpsstaðarskógar to Skaftafell, you’ll even spend a whole day on a glacier, surely one of Iceland's best hiking trails.

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Are your feet itching? Is your heart dreaming?

11 shots to whet your appetite and to whet your wanderlust. How did we do? If it worked, we should have you wanting to come and experience Iceland hiking tours with us.  If not? Well, there probably is no “if not”, we’re pretty sure it worked. We will be hiking until our feet fall off (or at least feel like they will). The question is: will you be there?

About the Author

Joseph Mattos-Hall

Hailing from London and born into a British/Brazilian/Italian household, Joseph came to Iceland originally to complete a master’s degree in Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Iceland: the rest is history.

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