A visit to Iceland feels like you’re on another planet at times. As soon as you step out of the airport, you are practically surrounded by breathtaking scenery and volcanic rocks.
If you choose to trek there, your hikes in iceland will be some of the best and most breathtaking in the world.
Everywhere you look, there are colorful hills, snow-capped peaks, glaciers, waterfalls and of course those famous rumbling volcanoes.
In order to truly experience the mysterious land, hiking through this beautiful country is the best way to see it.
But why go alone? These hikes are best enjoyed as part of a WiGo Trips group tour which allows you to meet new people and make new friends in some of the most spectacular settings in Europe.
And if you’re stuck for ideas? Don’t be. The following 3 breathtaking hikes below are sure to be a big hit among hiking enthusiasts.
The Mount Esja Trail
The Mount Esja Trail is one of the best-known trails and also among the most popular. The trail is nearly 7 kilometres long and leads to a volcanic mountain range called Esjan, known as Mount Esja.
It has the advantage of being easy to reach from Reykjavik by public transport and the path is clearly marked.
The lower trails provide an easy, relaxing walk for those who want a more leisurely stroll. However, if you’re after a little more of a challenge, then why not have a go at climbing all the way up to the 914 metre peak?
Just be sure to check the weather conditions when you set off. This is because when the clouds descend, they do so rapidly.
When hiking Mount Esja, it is important to be equipped with proper hiking gear, and to know what your limits are. Amateur hikers should only take a simple route, and only experienced climbers should attempt to scale the heights of Mount Esja.
You can choose from 3 different trails when you take the Landmannalaugar route, which is one of the most breathtaking.
Landmannalaugar is a geothermal oasis found in the remote tundra of the interior of Iceland, in the Icelandic Highlands.
This is another very popular trek and it takes you over fields of volcanic rock to Brennisteinsalda.
Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. It is about a 3-hour drive from Reykjavík.
The trail itself is beautiful, but you’ll also enjoy stunning scenery on the way there. The best time to visit is summer, as this is when the colors and the surrounding vegetation are at their most vibrant. In Landmannalaugar, you’ll be surrounded by the country’s most beautiful valleys and mountains.
Reykjadalur Trail-Hveragerdi is not a secret anymore. There was a time when only people in Iceland knew of its fascinating and mysterious beauty. But now this picturesque little gem has opened up to everyone.
A warm river runs through this trail between the mountains and the path is wonderfully panoramic.
It’s easy to see why this path has become so popular. On this trail you will be surrounded by bubbling hot springs and steaming ground. The hike is a refreshing one, with breathtaking views. The river is so warm that you may even come across people taking a swim in it. If you’re so inclined, perhaps you’ll join them!
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