Our guides have been hiking with travelers around Iceland for over thirty years and are definitely among the most experienced hiking guides in Iceland.
They designed these tours through their passion for Icelandic nature, and their love of showing people its amazing beauty. So with Extreme Iceland, you are guaranteed to enjoy an amazing hiking trip, guided by knowledgeable people that care about your enjoyment and safety.
Day Hikes with pickup in Reykjavik.
Day hikes around Iceland. Meet us on location and join a scenic hiking tour, perfect for those who have a rental car. All of these day hikes take place in beautiful locations in Iceland We will take you to the South Coast, Highlands, West-Fjords and other stunning areas.
Multi-day trekking tours with pickup in Reykjavik. These are all small-group experiences guided by professional guides and a great way to see the nature, up close and personal.
Summer is the main season for hiking in Iceland. June, July and August are the months of the year where the weather is warmest, driest, and the wind is at its weakest. There is no need to use headlights in June or July as the nights are completely bright. The nights begin to grow dark again around mid-August, which offers hikers the chance to see the amazing Northern Lights!
The first few weeks before June are considered spring in Iceland while the few weeks after August are Icelandic autumn. While these weeks can sometimes be suitable for hiking, they are also often rainy and windy with a high risk of very unpleasant weather.
The edges between the seasons are not suitable for multi-day hikes. The weather is notoriously unstable in the months from April to May and from September to October. During this time period, it is only safe to do shorter day hikes near populated areas.
The daylight periods in winter can be only 2 or 3 hours long. The amount of light given off when the sun manages to peek over the horizon is minimal, making winter extra unsuitable for hiking.
Winters are a serious matter in Iceland with twice the precipitation of summer and often violent winds. The temperature between November and March ranges from -10 to 5ºC (14-41ºF). In the winter, rental cars are not permitted to access the roads in the Highlands and the mountains (the F-roads) which lead to the most popular hiking areas.
A GPS device is a must for anyone who chooses to hike in Iceland without the help of an experienced local guide. Compasses are an excellent option for those who know how to use them and who do not have a GPS. But, it is important to note that in Iceland, all compasses must be calibrated to counteract the magnetic declination. Paper hiking maps can be found in bookstores and are also available at many gas stations around the country.
With more than 200 campsites around the country, it is good to know that campsites in Iceland are cheap and easy to access. There is no need to worry about pre-booking. A sturdy, four-season tent is the best bet, while your summer sleeping bag should have a comfort temperature rating of 0ºC (32ºF). Make sure to bring a quality inflatable sleeping mat as well.
The key to dressing for the weather in Iceland is to make sure that you tick all four boxes: waterproof, windproof, insulated, and breathable. If your base layer is not breathable, your sweat will not evaporate and will make you feel colder. Insulation is essential to keep your body heat from escaping. Waterproof and windproof outer garments will protect your body and inner layers from any adverse weather conditions.
Iceland is home to three enormous national parks which offer innumerable opportunities for hiking. In total, more than one-fifth of all of Iceland’s land is either protected or makes up part of a natural monument.
The Icelandic Highlands is 40,000 square kilometers of uninhabited wilderness in the center of the country. Known for its unrivaled landscapes and immense levels of contrast is it no surprise that the largest hiking and trekking network of trails are found here as well. The most famous multi-day treks and hiking areas are located in the Highlands, which attracts adventurous spirits from all over the planet.
One of the last unspoiled wilderness areas to be found in Europe, the Highlands offer visitors barren volcanic deserts, lush geothermal oases, and gigantic ice caps. These thrilling landscapes and natural wonders are only available to those who are brave enough to step out of their comfort zone and explore the barren tundra.
Please keep in mind that the Highlands are inaccessible for the majority of the year. It is only possible to drive into the center of Iceland between June and August when the snow and ice have disappeared and the roads have been officially opened.
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With the lowest population density in the country, the quiet Westfjords is a great destination for those looking for a place where they will not be disturbed by other travelers. Only about 10% of visitors to Iceland make it to this part of the country, even though it offers a great selection of hikes to choose from.
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Nicknamed “Iceland in miniature”, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a mere 2- or 3-hour drive from the capital city, Reykjavík. Iceland’s second largest peninsula is known for being home to all of the natural attractions that make Iceland as a whole famous. This is where its nickname was derived from. You can see black beaches, impressive waterfalls, vast lava fields, and dramatic sea cliffs here. There is even a glacier!
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Like their cousin the Westfjords, the Eastfjords are attractive due to the unparalleled quiet and serenity offered to visitors. The region, even though it offers magnificent fjords, is yet to be touched by the massive crowds of tourists that can be found in other areas. The interesting landscape dotted with lonely farms and fishing villages it sure to have an impact on you.
In addition to the tranquility, the Eastfjords also offers visitors interesting history, curious legends, and mystical folklore to learn about. It is believed that trolls, elves, lake monsters, and even hidden people have been living here for centuries!
The Best Hiking Areas in East Iceland:
As the home to the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and the Vatnajökull outlet glaciers, the South Coast of Iceland is definitely the region that attracts the most visitors. Most tourists do not hike on the South Coast, however. Instead, they choose to travel around by car, moving from one easily-accessed, famous tourist destination to the next.
For those who care to take the time to explore the South Coast on foot, there are hiking trails everywhere. There is more to see than waterfalls and black sand beaches. Find a trail, walk a few kilometers, and the crowds will disappear completely.
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Short, stunning walking paths can be found all over the capital city, which offers several parks as well as a nature reserve.
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Nowhere in the world is as attractive to hikers as Iceland. There are hikes to be found all over the country, offering breathtaking views and unforgettable moments. With the sheer number of hiking options that Iceland has to offer, there sure to be a hike that is perfectly suited for what you are looking for.
But, if you don’t have the time to research or are unsure of what you are capable of, let us take care of everything for you! Our guided hikes use only highly experienced local guides who will keep you safe and happy so that you can simply experience the best that Iceland has to offer. Join us on one of our tours and explore Iceland’s pristine wilderness with us!