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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.
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A country of extraordinary beauty, Iceland’s incredible variety of volcanic and glacial landscapes makes it a unique destination for walking and trekking holidays. Its three national parks include the mighty Vatnajökull, largest national park in Europe.
The wide range of routes in this book introduce walkers and backpackers to this ‘Land of Ice and Fire’. There are 100 days of walking in this guidebook, stretching over 1722km, split between 49 day walks and 10 multi-stage treks. They climb mountains, cross glaciers, pass lakes and explore coastlines and geothermal areas, and range from easy nature trails to challenging treks. So, there is enough variation to satisfy all kinds of walkers. The routes are spread all around Iceland, grouped into twelve regions. Detailed information is given at the start of each route or trekking stage, including distances, ascents, descents and the nature of the terrain to help indicate if the route is suited to your ability.
With Reykjavik now an established city-break destination, Iceland is easy to get to. Once there, the routes described include both popular and lesser-known trails, from coastal walks and off-island trails, to the remote interior and ice-caps. Most routes are signposted and waymarked, and a number of easy 'starter' treks and walks are included, but there are also rugged mountain routes and glacier crossings – including the classic Laugavegur trail.
Despite Iceland's reputation for being expensive, this guide offers plenty of tips for budget travellers and full details on mountain huts, campsites and public transport. Walking and Trekking in Iceland will enable readers of all abilities, and all budgets, to explore all that's great about this unique destination.
Walk 48 - Brjánslækur and Surtarbrandsgil - A reader has indicated that from 2015, visitors on this short walk to a 'protected natural monument' should join a guided walk led by a ranger. Check the notice on the gate, or ask at the nearby farm or cafe to discover if a guided walk is available.
Walk 19, on the Westman Islands, is 9 km long, and should take 3 hours to complete.
Walk 3 transport details should read:
Strætó buses R2 and R4 serve Fitjar from Reykjanesbær and Reykjavík. Strætó bus 88 serves Grindavík from Reykjanesbær.
|Geology and landscape|
|Getting to Iceland|
|Getting around Iceland|
|When to go|
|Food and drink|
|Tourist information offices|
|What to take|
|Health and safety|
|Footpaths, waymarking and access|
|Using this guide|
|1 Reykjavík, Reykjanes and Hengill|
|Walk 1 Reykjavík and Seltjarnarnes|
|Walk 2 Þverfellshorn from Esjustofa|
|Walk 3 Keflavík to Grindavík|
|Walk 4 Grindavík to Vogar|
|Walk 5 Grindavík and Prestastígur|
|Walk 6 Krýsuvík and Krísuvíkurbjarg|
|Walk 7 Seltún and Kleifarvatn|
|Walk 8 Seltún and Djúpavatn|
|Walk 9 Þingvellir and Skógarkot|
|Walk 10 Hveragerði and Reykjadalur|
|Walk 11 Ölfusvatn and Ölkelduháls|
|Walk 12 Hellisheiði to Hveragerði|
|Walk 13 Nesjavellir and Vörðuskeggi|
|Trek 1 The Reykjavegur|
|Stage 1 Nesjavellir to Múlasel|
|Stage 2 Múlasel to Bláfjallaskáli|
|Stage 3 Bláfjallaskáli to Kaldársel|
|Stage 4 Kaldársel to Djúpavatn|
|Stage 5 Djúpavatn to Brattháls|
|Stage 6 Brattháls to Þorbjörn|
|Stage 7 Þorbjörn to Reykjanesviti|
|2 Fjallabak and Þórsmörk|
|Walk 14 Landmannalaugar and Suðurnámur|
|Walk 15 Landmannalaugar and Bláhnukúr|
|Walk 16 Hvanngilshauser and Tangafoss|
|Walk 17 Þórsmörk and Valahnúkur|
|Walk 18 Fljótsdalur and Þórólfsfell|
|Walk 19 Vestmannaeyjar – Heimaey|
|Trek 2 Hellismannaleið, Laugavegur and Skógar Trail|
|Stage 1 Hellismannaleið – Rjúpnavellir to Áfangagil|
|Stage 2 Hellismannaleið – Áfangagil to Landmannahellir|
|Stage 3 Hellismannaleið – Landmannahellir to Landmannalaugar|
|Stage 4 Laugavegur – Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker|
|Stage 5 Laugavegur – Hrafntinnusker to Álftavatn|
|Stage 6 Laugavegur – Álftavatn to Botnar/Emstrur|
|Stage 7 Laugavegur – Botnar/Emstrur to Þórsmörk|
|Stage 8 Skógar Trail – Þórsmörk to Fimmvörðuháls|
|Stage 9 Skógar Trail – Fimmvörðuháls to Skógar|
|3 Skaftafell and Vatnajökull|
|Walk 20 Sandfell and Hvannadalshnúkur|
|Walk 21 Svinafellsjökull and Hrútsfjall|
|Walk 22 Skaftafell and Kristínartindar|
|Walk 23 Skaftafell and Svartifoss|
|Walk 24 Skaftafell and Morsárdalur|
|Walk 25 Jökulsárlón – Glacier Lagoon|
|4 Snæfell and Lónsöræfi|
|Walk 26 Snæfellsskáli and Snæfell|
|Trek 3 The Lónsöræfi Trail|
|Stage 1 Bjálafell to Geldingafellsskáli|
|Stage 2 Geldingafellsskáli to Egilssel|
|Stage 3 Egilssel to Múlaskáli|
|Stage 4 Múlaskáli to Stafafell|
|5 Egilsstaðir and the Eastfjords|
|Walk 27 Egilsstaðir and Fardagafoss|
|Walk 28 Neðri-Stafur and Seyðisfjörður|
|Walk 29 Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss|
|Walk 30 Hallormsstaðaskógur|
|Walk 31 Vatnsskarð and Stórurð|
|Trek 4 The Víknaslóðir|
|Stage 1 Seyðisfjörður to Loðmundarfjörður|
|Stage 2 Loðmundarfjörður to Húsavík|
|Stage 3 Húsavík to Breiðavík|
|Stage 4 Breiðavík to Borgarfjörður|
|Walk 32 Ásbyrgi and Áshöfði|
|Walk 33 Svinadalur and Rauðhólar|
|Walk 34 Selfoss and Dettifoss|
|Trek 5 The Jökulsárhlaup|
|Stage 1 Dettifoss to Vesturdalur|
|Stage 2 Vesturdalur to Ásbyrgi|
|7 Akureyri and Eyjafjörður|
|Walk 35 Akureyri and Súlur|
|Walk 36 Eyjafjörður and Hrísey|
|Walk 37 Grímsey|
|8 Kverkfjöll and Askja|
|Walk 38 Kverkfjöll and Hveradalur|
|Walk 39 Herðubreiðarlindir|
|Trek 6 The Askja Trail|
|Stage 1 Herðubreiðarlindir to Bræðrafell|
|Stage 2 Bræðrafell to Drekagil|
|Stage 3 Drekagil to Dyngjufell|
|Stage 4 Dyngjufell to Botni|
|Stage 5 Botni to Svartárkot|
|Stage 6 Botni to Grænavatn|
|Trek 7 The Mývatn Trail|
|Stage 1 Dimmuborgir to Reykjahlið|
|Stage 2 Reykjahlið to Víti|
|Stage 3 Víti to Reykjahlið|
|9 Sprengisandur and Kjölur|
|Walk 40 Nýidalur and Kaldagil|
|Walk 41 Nýidalur and Sprengisandur|
|Trek 8 The Kjölur Trails|
|Stage 1 Kerlingarfjöll Circuit – Ásgarður to Klakkur|
|Stage 2 Kerlingarfjöll Circuit – Klakkur to Ásgarður|
|Stage 3 Ásgarður to Gíslaskáli|
|Stage 4 Gíslaskáli to Hveravellir|
|Stage 5 Kjalvegur – Hveravellir to Þjófadalir|
|Stage 6 Kjalvegur – Þjófadalir to Þverbrekknamúli|
|Stage 7 Kjalvegur – Þverbrekknamúli to Arbuðir or Hvítárnes|
|10 Hornstrandir Peninsula|
|Trek 9 The Hornstrandir Trail|
|Stage 1 Hesteyri to Hlöðuvík|
|Stage 2 Hlöðuvik to Hornvík|
|Stage 3 Hornvík and Horn|
|Stage 4 Kjaransvík to Látravík|
|Stage 5 Látravík to Hesteyri|
|11 The Westfjords|
|Walk 42 Hnífsdalur, Bolungarvík and Ísafjörður|
|Walk 43 Suðureyri to Flateyri|
|Walk 44 Þingeyri and Kaldbakur|
|Walk 45 Helluskarð and Lómfell|
|Walk 46 Foss to Krossholt|
|Walk 47 Brunnaverstöð and Látrabjarg|
|Walk 48 Brjánslækur and Surtarbrandsgil|
|Walk 49 Flatey and Breiðafjörður|
|12 Snæfellsjökull and Snaefellsnes|
|Trek 10 The Snæfellsjökull and Snaefellsnes Trail|
|Stage 1 Snæfellsjökull – Ólafsvík to Arnarstapi|
|Stage 2> Snæfellsnes – Arnarstapi to Djúpalónssandur|
|Stage 3 Snæfellsnes – Djúpalónssandur to Öndverðarnes|
|Stage 4 Snæfellsnes – Öndverðarnes to Hellissandur|
|Appendix A Route summary tables|
|Appendix B Glossary of place-name elements|
|Appendix C Further information|