Explore the most popular views 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.

backpacking
19 hours ago

Such a great 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!

Easy day hike. To be honest, I'm not even sure I took this exact route, I think my route was more south and west. Anyhow, it's nice and worth it :)

Did it as a day hike will waiting for my boat in hesteyri. It's good to have a gps for the pass, but other than that really the way is obvious, especially going up the radar where it follows a road. Expect some river crossing and wet ground.

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...

hiking
4 days ago

Thats a good one! But please make the detour to svartifoss. I know it's touristy, but why not?

hiking
4 days ago

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.

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
4 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
4 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
6 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
6 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

7 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!

Amazing views. One of the best hikes I’ve ever done and fully recommend. Thankful for the great tread on my boots. And the weather was poor so it got very windy on the way back (west side). River crossings we’re easy but glad I had water shoes. Hug tight to the edge on the west side coming back down; muddy though. (I started by going over the log and then crossing the river above the falls). Shorter than the 3-4 hours that I expected. Took me about 2 hours and 15 minutes to do the full loop- that was with taking multiple picture stops, however, I’m very athletic. And if you’re driving from the Golden Circle route 48 becomes gravel and has very large holes. I was nervous, but made it in a Toyota Yaris (very small car).

backpacking
8 days ago

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

walking
10 days ago

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

Absolutely beautiful!

Hiked Adlavik to the Ruins. Great views although in a cloud with limited visibility; run in with an arctic fox and the ruins were still spectacular. Adlavik to Hesteyri. Tremendous landscapes and views.

Skipped the lower river crossing as the flow seemed a bit too strong for us. We backtracked and took the far north trail up and around. Although very visible on Google maps the entrance/exit split is somewhat hard to find - near 235m east of the parking lot gate. North path had no trail markers we saw, 12-13% incline in some sections.

Fun hike! Not too challenging physically. The river crossing isn't as scary as it looks. Would be easier with water shoes, but we just took off our boots, socks and rolled up out pants and cross it with no problem.

Great trail. Traffic jam at the log crossing below, at least on a Sunday afternoon. Crossing past the falls at the top was worth it just to not have to wait again. Like others have said, the water is very cold and the rocks a little painful. But totally worth it. Much less traffic coming down after crossing over. Beautiful views of the falls!

16 days ago

Definitely go on this hike if you have a morning or half a day in Seydisfjordur! There is a new waterfall to admire every 15 minutes. The trail is marked by posts all along. We couldn’t make it the last 0.5km because the river was too wide, but the hike was still absolutely worth it.

hiking
17 days ago

If you do not have glacial hiking experience but you love the idea of hiking a glacier, hire a guide and hike this glacier. I usually like hiking on my own accord but I don't have the means of effectively hiking a glacier on my own (equipment, know-how, etc.) This was some of the best money I ever spent. Hike a glacier, climb it, maybe even stumble upon an ice cave, but only with a specialist in tow. It's amazing.

To be precise, I'm assuming this trail (0.6 miles) is referring to observing the glacier without stepping foot on it. That is still an awesome experience; glaciers are insane to witness up close. Still, if at all possible, I recommend doing what you need to do (even if it means paying for a guide) to safely find yourself escorted onto the actual glacier itself. You won't regret it.

hiking
17 days ago

This hike begins with a solid 10-15 minute incline at the outset. If you're not in shape, it may require you to stop and take a breather a time or two but I imagine many will be able to power through. Once you reach the top, the most difficult part of the hike is over.

You have a choice with Hversfjall. You can chill out up top and observe the crater from the initial viewpoint or you can continue onward, completing the hike around the entire rim. I encourage the latter. The rim itself is quite wide and it's a pretty moderate hike with some rolling inclines but nothing like the initial ascent. The views of the crater are great but Hversfjall also serves as a wonderful vantage point for the surrounding territory, offering looks down toward Lake Myvatn and back in the direction of the Krafla area.

One thing to keep in mind: the wind. Gusts can really pick up depending upon which part of the crater you're traversing. Just keep a solid grasp of any loose jackets, gloves, hats, or phones and you should be all set.

hiking
17 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.

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

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