Coast to Coast - The Iceland Traverse

A True Backpacking Expedition into the Wilderness of Iceland

Tour code: IMG43

Walk Coast to Coast & Explore the Diverse Landscape of Iceland

This is the ultimate challenge for the serious backpacker; a total traverse of the Icelandic highlands. This 32-day tour takes you from the northern lowlands, across the highlands and all the way to the south coast. Following along nature’s beautiful attractions including the North-Atlantic volcanic rift, Europe’s biggest glacier, and through different types of volcanic and glacial landscapes. This is a fantastic journey that allows you to see all of Iceland’s unique beauty. The duration alone of this expedition, dramatically increases your probability of witnessing all kinds of weather conditions, sometimes even season shifts. The expedition is made of five legs which we’ve also separated into individual tours if the long tour seems too daunting for you. Enjoy any unique tour leg or combinations of legs to create your own experience just right for you!

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty



    Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for highly engaging experience. Expedition level. Often involves carrying your own gear.

  • Availability


  • Duration

    32 days

  • Meeting Point

    Reykjavík domestic airport

  • Group Size

    6 - 12 participants

  • Language


  • 16

    Minimum age

    18 yrs

  • Accommodation

    Mountain hut and camping

  • Walking per day

    6 - 10 hrs

  • Total Distance

    450 km (280 mi)

  • Max. Ascent

    900 m (2900 ft)

Customer Reviews

“I had a wonderful time with a great group and two truly outstanding instructors. Bjartur and Kamil were patient, great at explaining and answering questions, very laid back and lots of fun to be around. We could not have been in better hands! I learned so much and hope to get a chance to practice and hone my skills.”
Kim T, Germany — 2017-04-26

Tour Highlights

Hiking on the Volcanic Rift

Explore the wilderness of Iceland

Hike over the desertic Highlands

Arrive at the south coast by Vík


  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Mountain hut and hostel sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  • Camping accommodation in two persons tent
  • Night at a hostel/hotel in Skógar at the end of the hike
  • Transport at the beginning and end of trek
  • Flight from Reykjavík domestic airport to Akureyri airport
  • Breakfast (31), Lunch (32), Dinner (31)
  • Safety equipment for glacier crossing
  • Delivery of luggage to rest stops during the hike
  • Storage of luggage in Reykjavík

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour