Iceland

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Iceland - by Henk

This rugged North Atlantic island offers great hiking through surprising nature. Vast lava fields spread out next to massive glaciers. Hot streams emerge from boiling springs. Giant waterfalls come roaring down and of course the famous geysers blow hot steam high into the air at regular intervals. For any hiker who loves wide expanses of clear empty sky, phenomenal views and remoteness. Everything in this country is bigger, larger, more colourful, and wetter. Iceland is paradise.

The volcanic most active part of the island is a band running from the south west to the north east.

There are numerous hiking trails in different parts of Iceland, but not all are clearly waymarked. Given frequent fog and the remoteness of Icelandic nature in general, it is necessary that you always know how to use map and compass. Don’t believe people who argue that a compass will be impaired by the local magnetism: not true. A GPS receiver, and plenty of spare batteries, comes in handy too. The most popular routes pass mountain huts at a day’s hike distance. Make reservations in advance. Always bring your own sleeping bag and food.

The most popular routes are:

  • Laugavegur, between active volcanos, glaciers and colourful mountains;
  • Kjalvegur, a trading route in the remote interior.

Also think of these good hiking area’s

  • Þingvellir, the historic lake and pleasant surroundings;
  • Mývatn, a beloved lake in the north;
  • The eastern fjords;
  • The giant glacier Vatnajökull, with many trails around it;
  • The very very lonely north coast;
  • Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, with its immense waterfalls and spectacular canyons;
  • Hornstrandir, the fjord like north western peninsula.

Although Iceland is not as cold a place as it sounds, hikers must be prepared for frequent and sudden weather changes and fog during all seasons. Also you may have to wade across rivers, and this can be dangerous. The summer months (mid June to mid September) are best for hiking. Prepare well.

Trails

Regions

Books

Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - IJsland
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJslandVerken IJsland op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJsland! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals de geisers in Haukadalur en vulkaan Hekla niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en ga op zoek naar de elfjes in Bakkageroi, wandel over het rode strand Raudasandur of struin... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids - IJsland
  • ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJslandVerken IJsland op een andere manier met de uitgebreide ANWB Ontdek reisgids IJsland! Natuurlijk mag je bezienswaardigheden zoals de geisers in Haukadalur en vulkaan Hekla niet missen, maar ga ook eens van de gebaande paden en ga op zoek naar de elfjes in Bakkageroi, wandel over het rode strand Raudasandur of struin... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Boundless
  • "In the end, these people helped me realize that Boundless was more than a job; it was metaphor for life. It came down to one simple, daily decision—do I stand still or move forward?"Filming the hit television series Boundless, Simon Donato has raced thousands human-powered kilometres across the globe—from the frigid tundra of Iceland to the... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Boundless
  • "In the end, these people helped me realize that Boundless was more than a job; it was metaphor for life. It came down to one simple, daily decision—do I stand still or move forward?"Filming the hit television series Boundless, Simon Donato has raced thousands human-powered kilometres across the globe—from the frigid tundra of Iceland to the... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Capitool Top 10 IJsland | Unieboek
  • De naam zegt het al: een compacte versie van de veel geprezen Capitool serie. Eigenlijk vergelijkbaar met veel illustraties, veel aandacht voor cultuur en bevolking en hier en daar praktische informatie. Kleine versie, handig in de binnenzak. - Top 10 van onder andere de beste restaurants, de mooiste bezienswaardigheden en de leukste winkels -... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • 111 Places in Iceland That You Shouldn't Miss
  • Iceland's specialties are its contrasts. The capital of Reykjavik offers urban life with an unbelievable cultural variety, yet you can find yourself in total isolation as soon as you travel into the barren lava landscapes of the island. Fire and ice have not only shaped the unmistakable face of Iceland, they have also produced a special kind of... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • 111 Places in Iceland That You Shouldn't Miss
  • Iceland's specialties are its contrasts. The capital of Reykjavik offers urban life with an unbelievable cultural variety, yet you can find yourself in total isolation as soon as you travel into the barren lava landscapes of the island. Fire and ice have not only shaped the unmistakable face of Iceland, they have also produced a special kind of... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2015
  • Walking and trekking in Iceland
  • This hiking and trekking guidebook offers a total of 49 day hikes and 10 multi-stage treks set right across the magnificent country of Iceland. With three national parks including the mighty Vatnajökull, it is a country of incredible beauty, and its capital, Reykjavík, is an established and easy-to-get-to destination. Including popular, such as... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
2015
  • Walking and trekking in Iceland
  • This hiking and trekking guidebook offers a total of 49 day hikes and 10 multi-stage treks set right across the magnificent country of Iceland. With three national parks including the mighty Vatnajökull, it is a country of incredible beauty, and its capital, Reykjavík, is an established and easy-to-get-to destination. Including popular, such as... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2015
  • Wandelgids Walking and Trekking in Iceland - IJsland | Cicerone
  • This guidebook to walking routes in Iceland offers 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks including the classic Laugavegur Trail. The total of 100 days of routes described cater for most abilities, from waymarked walks to challenging glacier crossings. Information on public transport, accommodation, facilities and budget travel tips also included. Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
2017
  • Insight Guides Iceland
  • To say that Iceland is a country bristling with natural beauty is something of an understatement. Volcanoes, lagoons, glaciers, waterfalls, black-sand beaches and geysers densely populate its landscape. The lively capital city of Reykjavik also has a lot to offer visitors, from the stunning Blue Lagoon to its rich cultural heritage. Be inspired... Read more
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  • Bol.com, Belgium
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Bol.com
Belgium
2017
  • Insight Guides Iceland
  • To say that Iceland is a country bristling with natural beauty is something of an understatement. Volcanoes, lagoons, glaciers, waterfalls, black-sand beaches and geysers densely populate its landscape. The lively capital city of Reykjavik also has a lot to offer visitors, from the stunning Blue Lagoon to its rich cultural heritage. Be inspired... Read more
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Bol.com
Netherlands
  • Eldhestar
  • A mesmerizing photo medley surrounding Eldhestar, one of the largest and most popular horse trekking operations in Iceland. The pictures are fun, colorful, and action oriented. Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • Eldhestar
  • A mesmerizing photo medley surrounding Eldhestar, one of the largest and most popular horse trekking operations in Iceland. The pictures are fun, colorful, and action oriented. Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2019
  • Wandelgids Iceland - Ijsland | Rother Bergverlag
  • The Rother Walking Guide to Iceland leads the reader along 49 selected, safe and reliably-described trails to the natural splendours of Iceland which are only accessible to hikers. In the introductory chapters, as well as in the presentation of the regions, the authors prepare the hiker in a safe and knowledgeable manner for the distinctive... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2017
  • Reisgids Iceland - IJsland | Bradt Travel Guides
  • Voor vele landen net zo goed, zo niet beter dan de Planet. Beduidend soberder uitgevoerd, maar ook met veel informatie voor backpackers en met veel kaartmateriaal. Een aanrader! A new, thoroughly updated edition of Bradt's Iceland, recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award (the highest travel writing award available in the United States) providing... Read more
Bol.com
Netherlands
  • The Great Wide Open
  • Atmospheric photography that follows today’s intrepid adventurers to the most breathtaking places in the world.The Great Wide Open is a compilation of photographs that capture and celebrate the new desire for outdoor adventure. From Iceland to Mongolia, this book takes you on a visual journey to some of the Earth’s most breathtaking places.Lose... Read more
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Bol.com
Belgium
  • The Great Wide Open
  • Atmospheric photography that follows today’s intrepid adventurers to the most breathtaking places in the world.The Great Wide Open is a compilation of photographs that capture and celebrate the new desire for outdoor adventure. From Iceland to Mongolia, this book takes you on a visual journey to some of the Earth’s most breathtaking places.Lose... Read more
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De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Wandelgids Island - Ijsland | Rother Bergverlag
  • Wandelgids : vele dagtochten worden degelijk beschreven met openbaar vervoer informatie, goede routebeschrijvingen en beperkt kaartmateriaal. Island, die Insel aus Feuer und Eis, übt einen magischen Reiz auf jeden Naturliebhaber aus. Aktive Vulkane und weite Lavawüsten bilden einen Kontrast zu schier unendlichen Gletschern. Gewaltige... Read more
De Zwerver
Netherlands
2018
  • Reisgids IJsland - Island - Faroer eilanden | Reise Know-How Verlag
  • Uitstekende - meest uitgebreide - reisgids van dit land. Hoge kwaliteit, veel kaartjes en praktische informatie. Duits, 780 (!) bladzijden. Reisgids IJsland van uitgeverij Reise Know-How is een duitstalige praktische reisgids voor alle leeftijden, boordevol informatie over accommodatie van budget tot luxe, vervoer en plaatsbeschrijvingen... Read more
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  • De wandelkaartenserie van Mal og Menning is bijzonder duidelijk en geschikt voor alle recreatieve doeleinden, ze zijn gebaseerd op de topografische kaarten van IJsland. De kaart laat een gedetailleerd beeld zien van de landschapskenmerken, hoogtelijnen op basis van 20 m. met hoogtepunten apart vermeld. Verschil in kleur en symbolen geven een... Read more
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