Explore Iceland by Hiking

There is a particularly magical feel to Iceland. Its vast stretches of icy charm are a definite call to adventure for those of us who are fond of exploring unknown and wild territories.

Such pristine localities are best explored by foot.

Needless to say, it is never a good idea to be alone on such trips and so, when it is a group of like minded adventurers, it becomes all the more fun as we move together watching the colors of nature over the fjordhead and mountain passes.

Every turn reveals nature in its full glory, etching on the mind an indelible notch mark of memory that comes rushing as you reminiscent about it later.

The areas that you can see in Iceland are virtually endless, and the choices that you have vary from the leisurely short spanned hour-long strolls to the wilderness treks spanning over a few days.

Here are some of the best places to be in Iceland, where you will get ample opportunities to test your stamina and skills as you explore some of the wildest, most pristine regions on planet earth.

ice6The Hornstrandir Peninsula

The Hornstrandir Peninsula is an almost uninhabited region at the extreme northern side of Westfjords. It is home to some of the literally untouched wilderness areas and has many inhospitable regions that will surely test your true grit to the extreme.

It has a series of precarious sea cliffs, craggy mountains, plunging waterfalls, ice masses, etc that spells adventure in its raw form.

It’s a hiker’s delight as it offers many challenges. Besides this, you will also get a chance to see the teeming bird life, Arctic foxes, whales and seals in their natural habitat.

It is a national monument given protection as “Hornstrandir Nature Reserve Forest” and has strict preservation rules in order to protect its fragile, but incredibly rich natural plant resources.

Borgarfjörður Eystri (or Bakkagerði)ice2

This is a small village nestled in the backdrop of the rugged and pristine Rhyolite peaks on and the magnificent Dyrfjöll mountain. It provides an outstanding stopover for hiking. The village itself has a storybook feel around it and you can easily spend some quality time meeting the locals, admiring the many of their driftwood sculptures, looking at the hidden elves or simply watching the flocks of crying seabirds that exude a strange magical charm.

Kjölur Route (or Kjalvegur)

ice 5This route actually refers to a 200 km trek through many fords connecting the islands. During the summers, you can also take a bus journey in to explore the Iceland’s famous central deserts.

These trips start from Gullfoss, in the south, and pass between two huge glaciers and emerge near the place called Blönduós on Iceland’s northwest coast.

It is a scenic journey that would take you along the highest point near mount Kjalfell between the Hofsjökull and Langjökull ice caps. Thereafter, enjoy the scenic setting of the Blanda hydro-electric power plant as you cruise past Blöndulón.

The Kjölur route however is closed most of the season to the buses (though you can still trek) and opens only between June and September.

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