Do you want to discover the most beautiful landscapes in Iceland? Take on one of these 4 most beautiful hikes in the “Land of Ice and Fire”!

Summary

  • Glacier Hikes in Iceland
  • – Climbing of the Sólheimajökull glacier
  • – Explore Vatnajökullet National Park and its glaciers
  • Volcano Hikes in Iceland
  • – Visit the Fagradalsfjall volcano with a geologist guide
  • – Explore the heart of the Thrihnukagigur Volcano
  • Your successful trip to Iceland

Land of extremes and contrasts, Iceland is a unique destination , offering sublime hiking routes in the middle of wild nature and a great diversity of landscapes : volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields, waterfalls, geothermal areas, natural hot water baths and black sand beaches.

Discover the sublime Sólheimajökull and Vatnajökull glaciers or the impressive Fagradalsfjall and Thrihnukagigur volcanoes and explore unique landscapes in the world. These guided hikes will take you on a discovery of the natural wonders of the “Land of Ice and Fire”. Follow our guide and find the experience that suits you among our selection of the 4 most beautiful hikes in Iceland.

Glacier Hikes in Iceland

Escalation of the Sólheimajökull glacier

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  • ⏱ Duration: 3 hours
  • 📍 Location : Glacier Sólheimajökull
  • 💙 We like: taking advantage of a small group visit and having detailed information on the glacial formations thanks to a specialized guide

Explore the south coast of Iceland and hike one of Iceland’s last remaining glaciers on this hiking tour in Iceland. Guided, it takes place on the Sólheimajökull glacier, a 2-hour drive from Reykjavík . Strap on your crampons and discover crevices, pits and ridges while learning about the formation and rich history of Icelandic territory and these natural wonders .

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This hike takes place in the company of a specialized guide who welcomes you and provides you with the necessary equipment for hiking on the ice, including a helmet, crampons and ice axes. Once ready, you head to the foot of the glacier.

Explore the Sólheimajökull glacier which is a tongue of the Mýrdalsjökulll ice cap . Here you will discover a wide variety of natural formations, including ice galleries and a glacier lagoon. Enjoy detailed explanations to learn more about this miracle of nature before setting off on a hike of around 40 minutes to return to the foot of the glacier. This spectacular hike allows you to discover a unique landscape , alone, as a couple, with family or friends!


Explore Vatnajökullet National Park and its glaciers

Skaftafell: ice cave

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  • ⏱ Duration: 4 hours
  • 📍 Location : Parc national de Skaftafell, glacier Falljökull, glacier Svínafellsjökull
  • 💙 We like: discovering the second largest ice cap in Europe and exploring the interior of a natural ice cave

Explore the stunning ice formations of Skaftafell National Park on this guided hike in Iceland. You will notably discover the Falljökull glacier , constituting a glacial tongue of Vatnajökull, the largest in Iceland and the second largest in Europe!

Follow your guide to the base of Svínafellsjökull , before entering a cave. Marvel at the impressive shades of blue inside it. Also learn about the formation of glaciers. On a clear day, be sure to see the summit of Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance , literally meaning in French “the peak of the valley of the angelica”. It is THE highest point in Iceland. An incredible hike to discover the Icelandic glaciers!

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Volcano Hikes in Iceland

Visit the Fagradalsfjall volcano with a geologist guide

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  • ⏱ Duration: between 4 and 6 hours
  • 📍 Location: Fagradalsfjall Volcano
  • 💙 We like: discovering the volcanic activity on the Reykjanes peninsula thanks to a geologist and volcanologist guide

Visit the Fagradalsfjall volcano , in the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwest Iceland. This volcano erupted on March 19, 2021 , as a result of a crack in the earth’s crust. Explore what is nicknamed “the volcano of the beautiful valley” in the company of a specialized guide . Discover detailed information about its geological features.

Your guide picks you up in Reykjavík . Together, cross ancient lava fields on your way to the side of the volcano’s eruption. Once there, begin with an overview of the volcanic history of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Observe the first signs of a new eruption at this location. Discover how the heat of the lava field forms new lands and how the composition of lava influences the appearance of rocks.

Head to the highlight, the volcano crater viewpoint . From here you will have an impressive panoramic view of the volcanic landscapes. Finally, hit the road again in Reykjavík and cross the sublime landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula, its hot springs, lakes and mountains. A magnificent epilogue to a hike in Iceland rich in adventures!


Explore the heart of the Thrihnukagigur volcano

Thrihnukagigur volcano

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  • ⏱ Duration: 6 hours
  • 📍 Location: Thrihnukagigur Volcano
  • 💙 We like: fill up on adrenaline with a 120-meter descent into the heart of the volcano’s crater

Explore the dormant volcano of Thrihnukagigur with an expert guide. Count between 45 and 50 minutes of hiking, of moderate difficulty , to reach the crater of the volcano. Once reached, embark on a descent of 120 meters in the heart of the latter.

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Your guide will teach you all the procedures regarding safety and conduct inside the crater, wearing a helmet and harness. The descent is carried out in small groups of 4 to 5 people for increased safety and a more intimate experience. The descent takes about ten minutes.

You can then enjoy the breathtaking view and spend about 1 hour in the heart of the volcano with your guide. A breathtaking experience to better understand these impressive geological structures! End this adventurous day with a traditional Icelandic meal with your guide.


You now know our selection of the 4 most beautiful hikes in Iceland which lead to the discovery of the most beautiful landscapes of the island, between glaciers and volcanoes. Choose the experience that suits you and live extraordinary adventures enjoying the natural wonders of the “Land of Ice and Fire” . Which of these adventures attracts you the most? Share your feedback with us!

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