Hiking in Iceland: When to go and the Best Short Hikes

Updated: Aug 25, 2019

Iceland’s incredible landscapes can be explored in so many different ways. From sightseeing bus tours in the summer months to skiing in winter. The country just has so much to offer outdoor enthusiasts. Hiking in Iceland has to be one of our favourite ways to experience the island though.

When you’re hiking you get to enjoy the countryside at a different pace. Moving more slowly you can really appreciate the unfolding of the landscapes. From distant mountain views to the intricate patterns of moss over stone. You’ll get to see the weather rolling in on the horizon and the light changing as day moves towards night. So get out there, breath deep and simply ‘be’ in the magnificence of Iceland’s great outdoors.

A hiker stands arms raised looking out across beautiful mountains and plains. Hiking in Iceland.

The different types of hiking in Iceland

On a city break to Reykjavik many visitors might not manage much more than a tour of the Golden Circle. But there are some fantastic day and half day hikes within really easy reach of the capital. If hiking is your thing then you can easily get out of the city and into nature. You’ll be able to appreciate the restaurants and bars even more after a full day of fresh air and walking.

If you are visiting Iceland for longer then many more hiking options open up to you. From shorter hikes to multi-day treks Iceland is a fantastic hiking destination with plenty of variety. Hiking also compliments a self-drive tour of Iceland very well. After a few days in the driving seat it is wonderful to get out into the elements, breath and stretch your legs.

In this article we will take you through the practicalities of when to go hiking in Iceland. We will also run through our favourite hiking trails within easy reach of the capital. We will explore longer treks and multi-day hikes in another article coming very soon.

When is the best time of year to hike in Iceland?

Every season has its particular beauty in Iceland and you can hike here year round. There are of course certain constraints in the winter months due to weather and access.

Hiking in summer in Iceland

The summer high season from June through August is the most popular time to visit Iceland. It is also when most hikers set off on their adventures. This is the warmest, driest and most settled month in terms of the weather. Of course <