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Walking and Trekking in Iceland

100 days of walking and multi-day treks

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.


summer season - highland roads don't open until mid-June and many tourist services close at the end of August; low-lying coastal areas, particularly in the south-west, can be walked from spring to autumn; winter effectively closes the vast bulk of routes to ordinary walkers


Most towns and villages are not well-placed for walking; essential to travel from place to place, and even far into the interior, to enjoy some of the most scenic and interesting trails


from short and easy routes to tough and steep, over anything from easy to rugged terrain, as well as long-distance routes; no special equipment needed for the easy routes; full backpacking equipment needed for long-distance trails; ropes, ice axe, crampons and experience essential on most glacier walks

Must See

amazing volcanic and glacial landscapes; geothermal areas; the coastline and off-islands and the remote interior; Iceland's highest mountain - Hvannadalshnúkur
5 May 2015
15 May 2019
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.90cm

A guidebook to 49 day walks and 10 multi-day treks in Iceland. From short, waymarked walks to challenging glacier crossings, there is something for walkers of all levels of fitness and experience. 

The day walks range in length from 5 to 35km (3–22 miles) and can be enjoyed in 2–10 hours. The multi-day treks vary in length from 34 to 143km (21–89 miles), take between 2 and 9 days to complete, and include the classic Laugavegur Trail and Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland's highest mountain.

  • Sketch maps included for each walk
  • Detailed information on public transport, accommodation and facilities
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Highlights include Vatnajökull National Park

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Paddy Dillon Cicerone author DILLON

By Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is a prolific walker and guidebook writer, with over 100 guidebooks to his name and contributions to 40 other titles. He has written for several outdoor magazines and other publications and has appeared on radio and television.Paddy uses a tablet computer to write as he walks. His descriptions are therefore precise, having been written at the very point at which the reader uses them.Paddy is an indefatigable long-distance walker who has walked all of Britain's National Trails and several European trails. He has also walked in Nepal, Tibet, Korea and the Rocky Mountains of Canada and the US.

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