Explore the most popular Backpacking trails in Iceland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 day ago

Unrivalled views, endless waterfalls walking along a canyon for several miles. Very little traffic as well! Such a beautiful hike

hiking
1 month ago

Completed 18 September by myself. Start at Skogafoss waterfall. Trail is clearly marked with blue painted stakes. No need to be experienced to complete this one. Spent a lot of time stopping for pictures and finished under 8 hours. trekking poles not necessary but could be handy depending on weather. it was raining the whole time for me. Dress in layers and bring water, snacks, and electrolytes and you will enjoy it.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. I started at Skógafoss and worked my way up. The waterfalls leading up to the pass are incredible and look more like a fairytale than reality. Make sure to take time to stop and smell the roses (waterfalls). Trail is clearly marked so you should have no problem with that.

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rocky
1 month ago

Such a beautiful hike. I recommend starting at Skogar because the descent into Thorsmork at the end is unreal. Definitely need a certain fitness level to tackle this in one day, but if weather is good, then no need to be an experienced “hiker” specifically - the markers were clear the whole way when I went today (Sept 6). There are steep climbs and descents, so watch your step and take those at a pace you can handle safely. This hike was one of the best things I’ve ever done - put it on your bucket list if you enjoy hiking and like a challenge!

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muddy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful if not the most beautiful hike I have ever done. The most scenic views throughout the entire hike. Did the trail 3-5 sept with 2 nights in huts. Day 1: 12k, day 2: 28k, day 3: 15k. The trail is well marked and overall of moderate difficulty. If you use this app to check if you are still going the right way you will be fine (also works in flight mode). Weather conditions can change quickly, so come prepared. Water shoes or sandals are a must since you have to cross about 4 rivers, varying from ankle to knee deep. Good luck!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

Wow. So worth it. Make new friends. Recommend staying in the huts.

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
snow
1 month ago

If you want a lot of terrain changes and the most beautiful views one could behold this is the trail for you

An inspiring trail -- in six days we experienced rain, sleet, hail, fog, wind, cold, sun, warmth PLUS saw austere empty landscapes, serene lakes surrounded by craggy mountains, heavy storm clouds moving down valleys, multicolored barren hills, glaciers, ice caves, steam vents and bubbling paint pots, still cooling red-black hills extruded from a volcano, wind swept snow fields, ravines with waterfall after waterfall, and a couple of knife edge paths and truly scary ledges.

Stunning views! Only went to the hut but great for a challenging day hike.

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rocky
1 month ago

Did this in one day well from Skogar .... 25 k trail ran large portions it is an amazing trail run with 1300m elevation gain so not bad over that distance.... well marked trail lots of people arrest part is arranging buses.... the cat spine was a bit of a let down haha we did the wizard hat the day before and that was a real ridge walk lol..... but this is beautiful none the less..... the 10 k from Thorsmork basar is the most amazing views after that kinda boring but you get to end or start depending on your direction at Skogar and the bigs water falls..... Enjoy whichever way you go it’s a beauty

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

very pleasant, very scenic.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Went up to the bridge and back, a good 17km hike! I think it was way down the most beautiful hike I have ever done. I got lucky with weather but be prepared for gusts of wind and rain of course, even at this first part of the trail. It can get quite slippery so bring your poles if you have :)

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome landscapes and scenery, hard to beat

hiking
2 months ago

Sumptuous and grandiose landscapes, an incredible variety. I did this trek twice over the period from the end of August to the beginning of September, two years apart. Mostly good weather every time and ... aurora borealis to celebrate our arrival at thorsmok! An initiatory and unforgettable path. Small flat on the attendance of the path which is exponential from year to year and which spoils the feeling of loneliness and remoteness of the first times.

on Fimmvörðuháls

hiking
2 months ago

Superb hike and beautiful views !! I recommend everyone!

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no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Completed August 12th and 13th there and back. Amazing hike - one of the best I have ever done! We completed the full distance to Thorsmark. Both of us are younger (mid 20s and late 30s) and finished in a little under 9 hours - book stated 12-14. We didn't have trekking poles, wish we did. Bring clothing for cold weather, it snowed on us in mid-August on the glacier. Water is only available in the first 7km. We also had 40+ mph winds on day 1 and it was brutal - so be prepared for unexpected weather. It has three sections. The first is about 7.5km to a hut/ bathroom. There are 20+ waterfalls along the way and stunning views. It is a steady climb along mostly dirt. Section two begins at the hut and goes about another 10km. This section is more like a moon landscape... lava fields and glacier with no vegetation, lots of dust and rocks. The third section is the descent into Thorsmark (8km) and has more stunning views of both glaciers and wide open vistas of the mountain ranges. There are some challenging descents - one with a very narrow ledge (8-18") and a chain, another with very steep and loose gravel, and finally a narrow ledge (24") with 100 foot drops on both sides. There is camping (tent and camper) on both trail sides, but Thorsmark side is accessible only by 4x4. There is a small shop there and a knowledgeable attendant. Getting out of Thorsmark back to Skogafoss requires a bus which comes about 4 times a day but costs about $90 per person and requires a transfer. This also may lead to an overnight stay if you catch the last bus at 630pm. There is also a cabin at about the 10km mark. It has mattresses on the floor, but helps break the hike up if you are not ready for the long trek. We decided to hike the red trail back - a lot less traveled (5 people total) but the trail is a lot less marked. We did some general direction travel and is was very rocky with less views. Still a good way to catch a few more waterfalls you won't get on the blue.

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