Ice trekking and snowshoeing in Iceland
Ice hiking in Iceland itinerary
The best way to see Iceland is to trek it, so here's a sample eight-day adventure of trekking and snowshoeing to whet your appetite. If you are up for a challenge that combines trekking glaciers and seeing the Northern Lights, read on.
Trekking in Iceland
For the adventure activity holiday of a lifetime Iceland offers a fantastic landscape of huge waterfalls, glaciers, geysers and steaming hot pools. The capital, Reykjavik, is a small but beautiful city and the trekking in Iceland is fantastic. Iceland is a perfect destination for adventure holidays and this eight-day winter trek takes in the best sights including glacier walking and the Northern Lights.
Day 1 – Flight to Reykjavik
Day 2 – Drangshlid to Skogafoss waterfall
The first day of your Icelandic adventure is a great laugh as you receive training in using snowshoes. Then it’s off on a snowshoe trek in the hills behind Skogafoss waterfall. You’ll then return to your guesthouse for a well earned Icelandic dinner – which won’t necessarily be fish (but it's kind of likely).
Day 3 - Drangshlid – glacier exploration
This is another fun packed with a trek up to the Solheimjokul glacier which you then explore – with the aid of crampons and an ice-ax.
Day 4 – Drangshlid to Reykjavik
After two amazing days at Drangshlid you are transported back to Reykjavik but stopping off to see some amazing sights along the way. You will visit the 40m (131ft) high waterfalls at Seljelandsfoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls on Iceland before heading to Gullfoss waterfalls which really are amazing. You then jump back in your transport for the drive to Geyser to see the geothermal waterspouts. The day ends with a visit to Thingvellir and then it’s back to Reykjavik.
Day 5 – Reykjavik to Mount Hengill
Day 6 – Excursion to Glymur waterfall or Mount Skardsheidi
Depending on snow conditions on day six you will take a trek to either the Glymur waterfall or Mount Skardsheidi. Either way, you’ll have a fantastic day and see yet more spectacular Icelandic scenery.
Day 7 – Reykjavik
This is a rest day to recover from your adventures and explore this vibrant city and enjoy some Icelandic cuisine to celebrate the end of a fantastic adventure. If you’re feeling energetic you can go for some treks around the local area.
Day 8 – Flight home
How to get to Reykjavik
We recommends booking this trip through a reputable trekking tour operator. Due to the large distances and terrain covered it is advisable to have knowledgeable guides as well as all of your accommodation booked in advance. For a real adventure and to save some money you could of course book some flights to Iceland and arrange guides and accommodation yourself but using a reputable tour operator has many benefits.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
The remote Drangshlid Guesthouse has simple but comfortable rooms with en suite facilities and a large communal sitting and dining room. The Sunna Guesthouse in Reykjavik is within walking distance of the main shopping and restaurant area, and has twin rooms with shared facilities.
Cost considerations of an Iceland trek
- Return flights.
- Applicable departure taxes.
- All airport transfer & holiday transport costs.
- All accommodation.
- All meals.
- Adventure holiday leader and full support crew.
- Luggage transfer.
- All equipment and basic medical kits.
Who can do this Icelandic trekking trip?
Regardless of your level of fitness, it is always good advice to have a full medical check-up before deciding whether or not to tackle an adventure challenge.