They are all short-distance loop trails with an acceptable difficulty level, which makes them suitable for short breaks and day hikes, and for any kind of hiker or walker. You can download these GPS trails and waypoints from Google Maps.
Vatnajökull National Park, near Skaftafell (Eastern Region)
Distance: 17 km – Uphill: 777 m – Downhill: 777 m – Time: 5:30/6:50 hrs
Vatnajökull National Park offers a great variety of natural wonders, created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity.
Landmannalaugar, near Skogar (Southern Region)
Distance: 14 km – Uphill: 910 m – Downhill: 985 m – Time: 5:20/6:40 hrs
Landmannalaugar is one of the best hiking destinations in Iceland. Its incredible routes wind through lava fields, hot springs, crater lakes, and volcanic deserts.
Hólsfjall Tröllatindar, near Staðastaður (Western Region)
Distance: 12 km – Uphill: 1031 m – Downhill: 1048 m – Time: 4:50/5:50 hrs
A highly recommended hike over the mountains of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, with marvelous views of the Snæfellsjökull volcano (1,446 m), that’s also known as the setting of Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth“.
Upper Hveradalir Trail, near Ábær (Northwestern Region)
Distance: 10 km – Uphill: 680 m – Downhill: 653 m – Time: 3:40/4:40 hrs
This hike in the Kverkfjöll mountain range lets you explore one of Iceland’s largest geothermal areas, with countless hot springs and surreal sceneries.
Hverfjall Volcano Hike, near Reykjahlíð (Sudur-Tingeyjarsysla)
Distance: 11 km – Uphill: 286 m – Downhill: 293 m – Time: 3:20/4:10 hrs
The hiking trail climbs up to the Hverfjall volcano in Myvatn, a shallow eutrophic lake surrounded by extensive wetlands in the north of Iceland.
Best time to go to Iceland: May-Sep
Backpacker cost per day: 74 USD = 70 EUR
For more inspiration, check out our Iceland Travel Guide.
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