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

on Gullfoss Waterfall

3 days ago

Not so much a trail, per se, as an overlook. Path is heavily maintained and many tourists are around. Short and easy. The views are great, of course.

on Strokkur Geysir Blesi

nature trips
3 days ago

Not really a trail as much as it is a tourist stop. Several geysers worth viewing, if you don’t mind crowds and cameras everywhere.

backpacking
3 days ago

Looking into this hike I was thrilled! I spent months planning and packing and preparing. The pictures I found and the reviews read all for good reason say amazing things. That being said I am now currently camped with a group of 5 at Álftavatn. This has easily been one of the harder hikes I have ever done. I’ve hiked 13k mountains and spent weeks at a time on trails. But this was a completely new experience. From day one going north to south the trail tricks you with the simplicity of an easy hike as you meander down the trail. Ignorance was my main problem for day one. We then climbed up more mountain ridges than I can count! Up and up and up until you are trekking through snow on top of the mountains. Generally I am not one to complain, but wow! This was like some alpine hiking. It was unreal the level of altitude we gained. Mind you the first day is around 12k. Nothing big. However when it’s 12k in pretty much entirely upwards direction, it tends to wear on you. The campsite that night was a winter wonderland, the campsites are obsidian glass that have been piled to help break the wind a little. That night my water bottle froze... the hut warden had previously been tanning when the sun was out. The second the sun was gone... bamb! So cold! From day 2 we then started the decent out of the snow. From all the up we did we must have done just as much down. The day itself was much easier and the site has a bar!!! Much needed. Can’t wait To see what the next days hold.

Magnifique trail! Paysages très différents d’une journée à l’autre. On se sent seul au monde dans l’immensité de ces montagnes. Nous sommes allés fin juin et il y avait encore de la neige! La Trail n’est pas toujours bien indiquée lorsqu’il y a de la neige, car les marqueurs sont enfouis sous la neige (Landmannalaugar seulement). Avec le brouillard, c’était un peu troublant de pas savoir où on s’en allait. À ce moment, je n’avais pas découvert cette application, mais je crois que j’aurais bien aimé! Quatre rivières sont à traverser donc des petites chaussures d’eau sont très utiles. Pour l’hébergement, je recommande les refuges pour un peu plus de confort ou des sacs de couchage chauds si vous dormez en tente. Des bottes de gortex sont aussi très utiles, puisque la pluie est fréquente! J’en garde un souvenir inoubliable!

hiking
5 days ago

This was a beautiful trail. I will say it was difficult, not so much for the terrain, but the weather. It is extremely volatile. The first day out it was sunny and gorgeous, and then the next day it was 30-40 mph winds coupled with rain and sleet. Tents poles were easily being broken and there is very little cover if any at the camp sites.

backpacking
6 days ago

Such a great backpacking hike! Probably the best I’ve done, simply stunning and unique. It has its difficult sections and weather changes quickly, I would recommend being an experienced hiker/backpacker. Truly an amazing experience!

This is now inaccessible as the road is now private. Don’t bother.

It's the most beautiful segment of the laugavegur. "high" mountains, hot springs, etc. It's great! Alftavatn campground seems to be always very windy...

I did this one by mistake (ooops). I'd say not the best around there, but an easy one. You might want to include sudurnamur for example.

hiking
10 days ago

If you are in the area, and you hike, it's easy to incorporate that along your normal route, and it's worth it.

hiking
10 days ago

That's a great one! I would strongly advise to do this along with the laugavegur. It isn't so steep, not so technical. I GPS is good if there is snow, but there are so many people doing this that following the trakcs is easy.

hiking
10 days ago

A very easy loop. It might be worth to add sjonarnipa. If you have the legs, then the must do in the area is kristinartindar!

hiking
10 days ago

A classic. That's a great hike. I would strongly recommended going all the way to skogar. I did it north-bound also, which seemed better because that gave me time to do day hiking in landmannalagur after the bakcpacking.
I won't describe in detail the hike, but it is very doable to skip every other hut. I did skogar to landmannalagur in 48 hours. The trail is VERY easy to follow - it's good to have a GPS but you probably won't need it at all. Also, you should expect some river crossing. When I did it, the worse were about knee deep - so it's good to have extra shoes for that.

backpacking
11 days ago

Starting at Skògar and traveling up between the two glaciers was extremely challenging and cold but you pass maybe 20 amazing waterfalls? The view closer to the summit is misty and I would not recommend completing the walk on through Thorsmork without snow shoes and an independent gps as we almost were lost on the glacier for hours, trail markers were buried beneath the snow. The hike back down was worth it though. Overall other worldly hike, but extremely treacherous.

hiking
11 days ago

Amazing hike. I went from Skogafoss to Básar. Took about 7 hours of hiking with a break for lunch. Then I took a bus out of Básar to Seljalandsfoss and hitch hiked back to Skogafoss. Definitely doable in a day if you have plans to get back to Skogafoss from Básar (which is the camp in Thorsmörk).

Very crowded but so many beautiful views.

Easy...ha... those stairs almost killed me.

Spend a little time and wait for a good size blast....

Beautiful falls. The best was definitely the waterfall in the cave. Watch out some of the rocks are a little unstable and the water is cold!

on FImmvorduhals

13 days ago

An absolutely phenomenal hike—one of our favorite hikes ever. We camped the night before at Skogar, left around 9am, and arrived in Thorsmork around 4:30, with plenty of stops for photos. We then caught a 6:00 bus back to Seljalandsfoss and hitchhiked back to our car at Skogar.

It’s basically a 3 part hike. The first 5 miles or so are up the Skoga River and there must be 25+ waterfalls, quite a few of them as big and breathtaking as Skógafoss. This part of the trail was incredible and worth the hike in and of itself. For the middle 5 miles, you continue climbing, up between the glaciers and through a lot of snow. It was sleeting, snowing, and freezing with thick fog. Really wild and unique landscape but be prepared for the cold and the wet, and make sure you have a GPS/map and are careful to follow the markers. Once you finally get through the snow, you come over into gorgeous green valleys that will blow you away... just amazing. This downhill part makes up the last 5 miles or so.

This hike has it all. Waterfalls, mountains, valleys, glaciers, volcanoes, cliffs, rivers... don’t miss out on this one!

backpacking
13 days ago

Just finished this trail, and it was full of gorgeous views. I was lucky enough to have very little rain

walking
16 days ago

The trail is nice and short, and the waterfall at the end is so great!

This place is no longer accessible. All three roads to access this hike are gated/closed off and on private land unfortunately.

hiking
21 days ago

Error, wrong trail, this is for the fimm... trail, trying to fix ASAP


Here is a guide if weather unfortunately was not on the same schedule as your hike. My day started cloudy with a light drizzle starting at Stogafoss. (I recommend starting from this points as you will see all the waterfalls ahead of you as you trek up. Now my weather predicament only went from okay to bad to worse. Granted I was well prepared and being cold not wet was an issue, however at 8.6km once the trail splits into 2 ( red and blue). On bright sunny days I highly recommend the red, but you must have proper waterproof shoes for this hike! You will encounter much more snow in the earlier months and you will have to keep a close eye on the trail recorder as at some points in the snow the poles are completely buried after a heavy winter. Unfortunately in my case, I was completely lost and without direction in the middle of a storm; complete whiteout. If this is your weather for the trek, I HIGHLY recommend to stick to the blue trail as it marked much more adequately and a safer choice in harsher conditions.

If the weather works out, but you don’t have any to to catch the bus at the end part of he trail, I believe a loop up the red trail and down the blue trail would be a fantastic choice. 30km +- give or take, should take you less than 10hrs total; remember I did this in a storm and was horribly lost at some points. In great weather and proper equipment, you can finish this hike in 8-9 hours if you are fit.

hiking
22 days ago

The listed trail (0.8 miles) is very crowded. I recommend climbing the stairs, reaching the observation point, then continuing onward. The trail proceeds through a gate that leads multiple miles back along the river. Here, you will discover a lot more waterfalls and a lot more solitude. It's an out & back so you can choose how deep you go but the views are incredible. I'd give the extended hike five stars and the 0.8 mile hike (just up the stairs and back) three stars, though Skogafoss is incredible to observe regardless.

I'd say moderate hike (at least with our difficult windy rainy conditions), but so worth it! Tons of geothermal activity. Bring your suit but I was a little bummed that the river we swam in was a bit shallow and about as hot as a bath (not a hot tub). But still recommend this !

Looked for this and could not find it. GPS led us to someone's house !

Easy walk down through a fissure to beautiful canyon (lots of tourists)!

We hiked to the river swimming area and back, 4.6 miles. Very pretty and make sure you bring a swimsuit!

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