Iceland Walking Explorer
Enjoy national parks and mighty waterfalls
This full-circuit itinerary includes five of the best walking areas in Iceland. We start in Thorsmork Valley exploring the new craters from the Eyafjallajokull eruption, before heading to Skaftafell National Park, home of the huge Vatnajokull Ice Cap. We also trek the mountains of the eastern fjords and the lunar-like Lake Myvatn landscape of pseudo craters, lavafields and plentiful hot springs. Finally, we move to Kerlingarfjoll Volcano in the central highlands and within sight of the massive Hofsjokull Ice Cap.
- Explore volcanic landscape
- Trek mountains ice caps and glaciers
- Enjoy national parks and mighty waterfalls
- 10 nights fixed camping in two-person tents, 3 nights guesthouse, facilities are shared
- 5 days and 3 half days walking
- Full porterage
- Altitude maximum 1125m, average 200m
Walk profile: Daily distance in km/miles:
Day 3 – 13.0km/8.1miles
Day 4 – 15.0km/9.3miles
Day 5 – 17.0km/10.6miles
Day 7 – 15.0km/9.3miles
Day 8 – 2.0km/1.2miles
Day 9 – 12.0km/7.5miles
Day 11 – 11.0km/6.8miles
Number of days walking: 8
Pace: Approximately 4-6 hours walking per day
Terrain: Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents
- Day 1 – Fly to Keflavik
- Day 2 – Drive to Thorsmork Valley via Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.
- Day 3 – Hike to the newly created craters and lavafields.
- Day 4 – Drive to Skaftafell National Park via Skogafoss Waterfall and the Dyrholaey promontory.
- Day 5 – Hike to summit of Kristinartindar for astounding views.
- Day 6 – Travel to Bakkagerdi village, stopping at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Hofn.
- Day 7 – Hike to Storurd in the Dyrfjoll mountains.
- Day 8 – Travel to Lake Myvatn via the mighty Dettifoss Waterfall, explore the Hverfjall Crater and Dimmuborgir Lavafield.
- Day 9 – Full-day walk in volcanic Mt Krafla area.
- Day 10 – Drive to Kerlingarfjoll; explore hot springs.
- Day 11 – Full-day walk in the Kerlingarfjoll Mountains.
- Day 12 – Visit Gullfoss Waterfall, waterspouts at Geysir and historic Thingvellir; continue to Reykjavik.
- Day 13 – Free day in Reykjavik.
- Day 14 – Fly to London
This trip is rated moderate, Level 3. The hardest day is the walk to Kristinartindar from Skaftafell. This can be up to 6 hours walking, with about 1000 m. of ascent. Like all walks it is optional; two other long days are around 4-6 hours. Many days involve shorter walks in 2 or 3 different areas with a drive in between. Much of the terrain in Iceland is rocky and without paths, although we keep the walking non-technical, there will be some areas of loose ground where you must concentrate to keep your footing. While camping, members are expected to participate, including erecting and dismantling your own tent, and helping the leader with some kitchen duties and the preparation of meals.