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Iceland Hiking Tour in the South and East

From Reykjavík and Mount Esja via Borgarfjörðu along the Golden Circle

  • From 10 days
  • Self-Drive
  • All year
  • 5+ hours

Experience the land of fire and ice up close on a 10-day Icelandic walking tour from the capital Reykjavík via the Golden Circle to the Reykjanes Peninsula. On foot, you will discover the breathtaking and dramatic landscapes of the volcanic island with its untouched nature full of hot springs, volcanoes, fjords, glaciers and waterfalls. On every trip to Iceland, one should expect a multitude of magical moments and unforgettable experiences. Our Travel Experts will be happy to advise you on the selection of hiking routes that best suit your wishes and hiking experience.

  1. Reykjavík

  2. Stykkishólmur

  3. Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  4. Hvalfjörður

  5. Golden Circle

  6. Reykjadalur

  7. The South Coast

  8. Reykjanes Peninsula

  9. Reykjavík and Mount Esja

  10. Reykjavík

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Iceland Hiking Tour in the South and East

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1. Reykjavík

Welcome to the land of fire and ice! You will start your Icelandic walking tour in the northernmost capital of the world: Reykjavík. On arrival, you'll find an exciting art, food and design scene. Numerous events provide the best entertainment and interesting museums offer an insight into Icelandic culture. Visit the National Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Harpa Concert Hall or the Saga Museum, which introduces you to the world of the native trolls and elves.

2. Stykkishólmur

Your hiking adventure begins in Stykkishólmur, where you will find charming colourful houses, a folklore museum, and a modern church, as well as Helgafell's local mountain. Visit the Borgarfjörður area in the morning. Here you will find many highlights such as the thermal spring Deildartunguhver, the medieval Reykholt centre, and the Hraunfossar waterfalls. In the afternoon, you will hike to Eldborg Crater, an easy hike on flat land through a lava field.

Hike: Eldborg Crater

Duration: 90 minutes

Level of difficulty: Easy

3. Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Today, you'll drive around the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where you'll find endless green landscapes, rolling hills, dramatic cliffs, golden beaches, and impressive lava fields - all this variety located within just 60 miles! The glittering glacier Snaefellsjökull towers above all these picturesque natural scenery. The hike along the south coast of the peninsula leads from Arnarstapi to Hellnar and back.

Hike: Arnarstapi - Hellnar

Duration: 90 minutes

Level of difficulty: Easy

4. Hvalfjörður

Start early in the morning southwards towards Hvalfjörður Fjord, where the hiking route leads up the Glymsgil gorge to see the highest waterfall in Iceland, Glymur. The starting point of the hike is at the deep end of Hvalfjörður Fjord, north of Reykjavík, south of the town of Borgarnes. After finishing the hike, you continue your journey to the along the Golden Circle.

Hike: Glymsgil

Duration: 3-4 hours

Level of difficulty: Medium to difficult

5. The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland, and for good reason! Highlights include the beautiful Þingvellir National Park, Geyser hot springs, and the impressive Gullfoss waterfall. Under Laugarvatn, an entrance fee to the Fontana Spa is included. No hiking tour is planned for this day.

6. Reykjadalur

The village of Hveragerði is known for geothermal activities, hot springs, greenhouses, and Kjörís ice cream. It was once home to Tívolí, Iceland's only amusement park at the time, and a common Sunday excursion destination for the families of Reykjavík in the late 80s and early 90s. One of the most popular Icelandic walks also starts from Hveragerði, the walk in the valley of Reykjadalur. At the end of the hike, a special reward awaits you: a swim in the warm river - so remember to pack your swimsuit!

Hike: Reykjadalur

Duration: 3-4 hours

Level of difficulty: Medium

7. The South Coast

Explore the picturesque south coast of Iceland, which awaits you with numerous waterfalls and other natural wonders! Visit the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here, follow a hiking trail that leads you behind the wall of water. Nearby is Skógafoss waterfall, which is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland, with a drop of more than 200 feet. A must-see on your Icelandic hiking tour along the South Coast is a stop at Cape Dyrhólaey and the fascinating black beach of Reynisfjara. The hike leads shallowly uphill and you should only start in good weather.

Hiking tour: Skógaheiði

Duration: 2-3 hours

Level of difficulty: Medium to difficult

8. Reykjanes Peninsula

Start early with a drive to the Reykjanes peninsula. Here, you should definitely allow time to visit the area of Krýsuvík hot springs, the Blue Lagoon, the Brimketil lava rock pool, the Gunnuhver hot spring, and the bird rocks of Reykjanestá. The easy hike leads to the top of Mount Keilir. Alternatively, choose a hike to Trölladyngja, a shield volcano.

Hike: Mount Keilir, 1240 feet

Duration: 2-3 hours

Level of difficulty: Easy

9. Reykjavík and Mount Esja

Today, you'll return to Reykjavík and hike to the top of the mountain that forms the backdrop to the city: Mount Ezja. The hike leads up a steep hill. The last 100 feet lead through rocky cliffs and are not for those who are afraid of heights. But even before that, you will be able to enjoy a phenomenal view over the city. End your Icelandic hiking trip in the capital Reykjavík. Say goodbye to this magical volcanic island and return home with countless memories in your luggage.

Hike: Mount Esja, 3000 feet

Duration: 3-4 hours

Level of difficulty: Medium to difficult

Useful Information for Your Iceland Hiking Trip

Iceland is located in Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The official currency is the Icelandic Króna, and the official language is Icelandic. Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport (KEF) has direct flights to the USA. U.S. may travel to Iceland for up to 90 days without a visa. Speak to your Tourlane Travel Expert for more information on whether this hiking tour suits your ability.  Less

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