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.

Snowshoeing in Iceland and hiking

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-to-day itinerary

Day 1 – Flight to Reykjavik

It is just a short four-hour flight to Iceland and then a pleasant three-hour transfer along the spectacular south coast to your remote but welcoming guesthouse at Drangshlid.

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

From Reykjavik you are transported to the foot slopes of Mount Hengill where you disembark and don your snowshoes for some more action and adventure. This is a geothermal area dotted with steam-vents and hot springs and is a great (and hot) day out.

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

The price of this eight-day Icelandic trekking adventure will vary but your price should include the following:
  • 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?

This eight-day adventure activity trip is suitable to relatively fit individuals who are able to be trek for five to six hours in a day.

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.

Medical information

Always consult your doctor for a list of all the medical requirements for an adventure activity holiday and make sure your tetanus and polio vaccinations are up to date.

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