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Your Guide to Iceland's Hiking Trails: Photos, Filters, and FAQs

7 Hiking Trails

What to expect

Iceland has 7 trails including medium and difficult trails. The trail with the highest elevation climb is the Jökulsárhlaup and the one with the least climb is the Rjùpnavellir to Skògar. The longest trail is Rjùpnavellir to Skògar at 128 km. To complete this hike you should budget at least 7 days. For a shorter adventure, you can try the Myvatn Trail a t 31 km. This could be done in as little as 2 days. Trails with the best offering of hostels include Rjùpnavellir to Skògar, The Víknaslöoir, Snæfellsnes Trail, The Hornstrandir Trail, and The Jökulsárhlaup.

Guide to hiking in Iceland

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FAQs about hiking in Iceland

What is the climate like for hiking in Iceland?

Iceland offers a diverse and challenging climate for hikers. Winter months (October to April) often have severe weather, making most trails inaccessible. The spring (May to June) presents more daylight hours but unpredictable weather conditions.
Summer (July to September) is the best time for hiking with long daylight hours, mild temperatures, and stunning, blooming landscapes. However, weather can still be capricious, so preparation is key.
Hiking off-season is not recommended unless you are highly experienced and equipped. Check weather forecasts on and safe travel advice at

Do I need a permit to hike in Iceland?

Most hiking trails in Iceland don't require permits, except some protected areas. Hikers should check with local municipalities or the Environment Agency of Iceland. For special access, such as interior Highland roads, consult the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration. Resources can be found on and

Is wild camping allowed in Iceland?

Wild camping in Iceland is subject to restrictions due to environmental concerns. It's generally permitted for small groups in public spaces but prohibited in protected areas or near populated spots. Always adhere to the 'leave no trace' principle. More information can be found on

Are there mountain rescue services in Iceland?

In case of emergencies while hiking in Iceland, contact the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue (ICE-SAR) by dialing 112. They're an expert team for mountain emergencies. It's essential to inform ICE-SAR before commencing any challenging treks. More details at

Are there dangerous plants in Iceland?

Hiking in Iceland presents a unique flora experience with the dominance of mosses, lichens, and low-growing plants due to the harsh climate. Most notable are the Arctic Thyme and Icelandic Moss. Take care not to damage the fragile ecosystem. Learn more at Icelandic Institute of Natural History.

What wildlife should I be aware of when hiking in Iceland?

Iceland's wildlife is mostly seabirds and marine mammals, with land mammals like the Arctic Fox and introduced reindeer. Midges are common, especially around Lake Myvatn. Respect wildlife distance and check for updates.