Anyone hiked much in Iceland?

Discussion in 'Places & Planning' started by Henry, Oct 14, 2019.

  1. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    Just returned from an amazing 3 day trip in Iceland; managed two half day hikes, but definitely deserved much more. Anyone with any experience of here? I’d love to go back...
  2. Iain

    Iain Trekker

    I spent a week walking through the mountains around the remote Langisjor lake in the vatnajökull national park in August this year. It was an organised photography trip with Alex Nail, which was excellent and got us to an area that would not have been possible to visit on a solo trip.

    It's a stunning place, already booked on another trip for next year and considering tagging an extra week on to do a solo walk. Nothing ambitious, most likely just a modified version of the Laugavegur route.


    [​IMG]Mountain sunrise by Iain Macleod, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Vatnajökull National Park by Iain Macleod, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Skaftá River Pano by Iain Macleod, on Flickr
    [​IMG]Uxatindar sunrise. by Iain Macleod, on Flickr
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  3. Brendan

    Brendan Trail Blazer

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  4. edh

    edh Thru Hiker

    Some great info from Jonathan Ley; Skurka has also done a big hike there.
    Unsurprisingly it is on my horizon too.
  5. DuneElliot

    DuneElliot Section Hiker

    Not yet but it's on my to-do list in the near future.
  6. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Amazing place. I did a tourist trip for three days around the south west and I was bowled over https://blogpackinglight.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/iceland-january-2019/ . Desperate to go back. I want to do a round the island tour. I doubt I’ll do any walking as there’s so much to see. I do have Paddy Dillon’s Cicerone guide to hiking in Iceland http://www.paddydillon.co.uk/guidebook/walking-and-trekking-in-iceland/, so that’s a good starting point if you want some ideas and information. There’s quite a few videos on YouTube.

    If you’ve got two and a half hours!

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  7. Teepee

    Teepee Thru Hiker

    It was a nearly for the last trip, and it's been on the list for years. It always gets the knock though in favour of somewhere else.

    There are some great prices on Norwegian to get there from Gatwick.
  8. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Sabine Zawadzki, who has done the TGO Challenge several times did a traverse of Iceland

  9. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    Spent two weeks there a couple summers ago. Mostly day hikes and an overnight in Hornstrandir. Stunning place. Would love to spend more time in the interior.
  10. hpsounds

    hpsounds Day Walker

    I have travelled more than 20 times there, have lived in Iceland from 2011 to 2014, have guided hiking tours during 3 seasons, and will fly to Iceland in a couple of days for 2 weeks (small hikes, photography, visiting friends, deal with personal stuffs).

    :)

    Iceland is a nature jewel and a hiker paradise.
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  11. Lempo

    Lempo Section Hiker

  12. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    That’s it. I’m going back
  13. hpsounds

    hpsounds Day Walker

    You should also check the CICERONE guidebook "Walking and Trekking - Iceland". Lot of good and useful informations.;)
  14. Robin

    Robin Thru Hiker

    Highly recommend this video. Stunning.

  15. Daymoth

    Daymoth Ultralighter

    :eek:

    I dont like you :bored:
  16. snow

    snow Trail Blazer

    Been twice, did some of the standard stuff. Very nice place but weather warning applies...

    Also did a bit in the eastfjords, if you are looking for solitude it is (was?) the place to be. Storurd (dayhike), the viknaslodir trail along the coast.

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  17. Mabre

    Mabre Hiker

    Is it possible to do hikes in mid May in Iceland?
    Put another way, how much snow will there be in mid May?

    I am thinking about treks like Fimmvörðuháls, which goes up to 1000m. What about treks at lower elevation?
    I am experienced with snow, I do a lot of mountaineering in the alps. But still it is tiresome to be constantly walking through slush snow.
    And I am aware that roads will probably not open until mid June (please correct me if this is not true).
  18. Jim_Parkin

    Jim_Parkin Trail Blazer

    My daughter did the Laugavegur route last summer - whilst doing 6-weeks with the Icelandic forestry service.

    She has some stunning photos.
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  19. Foxster

    Foxster Ultralighter

    No but I've often wandered around Asda.

    I'll get my coat.
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  20. Henry

    Henry Ultralighter

    I shouldn’t have, but I really laughed at that :sorry:
  21. Nikomad

    Nikomad Backpacker

  22. Mabre

    Mabre Hiker

    Thanks for this trip report, Nikomad.

    At what time of the year did you go? Reddit only says "1 year ago"
  23. Nikomad

    Nikomad Backpacker

    I've been twice - first time was end of July 2016, second time was mid August 2018.

    Definitely recommend August, we got snowed on in July (which could happen in August, but didn't), but I feel that the weather window is much friendlier.
  24. Lemming

    Lemming Hiker

    There will be snow in May - probably rather a lot of it!
    However, it is likely to be quite firm, so no sinking in deep.

    From a few trips from mid to late May, temperature went down to -6°(with windchill much lower), but also up to 20°.

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