The Best Trails in IS.03 (Iceland)

33 trails

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Photo of Búrfell í Grafningi Photo of Leggjabrjótur Photo of Innsta-Jarlhetta
  • Búrfell í Grafningi

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Búrfell, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.26mi
    Elevation +
    1601f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Búrfell í Grafningi

    Shaped like its many namesakes, broad and square-shouldered, Búrfell dosn't betray its volcanic origin until you reach the top and are confronted by not only a crater - but a crater lake to boot! An easy and rewarding hi...

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  • Leggjabrjótur

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    Cross Country Ski
    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    9.85mi
    Elevation +
    1640f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Leggjabrjótur

    Leggjabrjótur ("Breakleg Pass") connected the western part of Iceland with the site of the early Parliament at Þingvellir. The name is said to reflect the likelihood of horses (not men) breaking their legs on the rough t...

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  • Bjarnarfell

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Geysir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    4.05mi
    Elevation +
    2021f
    TrailRank
    29

    Located in the immediate vicinity of the Geysir geothermal area and not far from the waterfall Gullfoss, Bjarnarfell offers a fantastic view over the surrounding landscape - including landmarks such as Hekla and Vestmann...

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  • Ármannsfell

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    7.41mi
    Elevation +
    1834f
    TrailRank
    27

    Located just north of Þingvellir, Ármannsfell offers views of that region as well as the Kaldidalur area and the glaciers north of there. If you can arrange transportation doing the hike this way is ideal - otherwise you...

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  • Búrfell í Þingvallasveit

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    7.98mi
    Elevation +
    2290f
    TrailRank
    27

    Iceland has dozens of mountains named "Búrfell" - some say it has something to do with the shape, they all tend to be squat and broad-shouldered. If you use this track then by all means use the return version - on the as...

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  • Innsta-Jarlhetta

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    7.67mi
    Elevation +
    1995f
    TrailRank
    26
    Photo of Innsta-Jarlhetta

    OK, so Innsta-Jarlhetta doesn't feature in the Book (its cousin Stóra-Jarlhetta does) but this is a beautiful mountain which I have long dreamt of climbing. We tried last spring (on skis from Bláfellsháls) but found the ...

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  • Syðsta-Súla

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    8.98mi
    Elevation +
    3694f
    TrailRank
    26

    While the traditional ascent is along the ridgeline, our guide felt that in view of the snow still lying on the mountain and lack of equipment it would be safer to hook around the mountain and approach it up the valley t...

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  • Geitafell

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Hjalli, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    6.30mi
    Elevation +
    1181f
    TrailRank
    26

    Located fairly close to Reykjavik, Geitafell offers an opportunity for an evening walk, the total distance being about 10 klicks. The mountain isn't really high enought to oiffer spectaclar views but you do get an overvi...

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  • Hlöðufell

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Úþlíð, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.81mi
    Elevation +
    2365f
    TrailRank
    25| Rating 5.0

    Hlöðufell is the name of a beautiful mountain not far from Reykjavik (although that doesn't mean access is easy - 4x4s only and only after mid-June at the earliest). There is only one feasible route up the scree slope - ...

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  • Bláfell

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    5.76mi
    Elevation +
    2867f
    TrailRank
    25

    Bláfell is a large lump of rock located just east of the Kjölur route across the Icelandic highlands. The view from the summit must be spectacular - regrettably there was no visibity when I was there in late October 2005...

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  • Stóra-Björnsfell

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Úþlíð, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.73mi
    Elevation +
    1985f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo of Stóra-Björnsfell

    As is so often the case in Iceland the trick isn't the hike itself - it's getting to where the hike starts. This mountain can only be approached by 4x4 or a mountain bus. Although it doesn't much look like one, it's a vo...

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  • Hrútfell

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Tungufell, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    11.14mi
    Elevation +
    3091f
    TrailRank
    22

    Hrútfell is a beautiful glacier-capped mountain to the west of the Kjalvegur road. The ascent is surprisingly easy, if you have a 4x4 it is quite possible to make this a daytrip from Reykjavík in summer.

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  • Hagafjall

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Stórinúpur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    4.81mi
    Elevation +
    1647f
    TrailRank
    22

    Hagafjall is the name of a smallish mountain nestling on the banks of Iceland's largest river, Þjórsá. Although it's pretty far from Reykjavík we managed to do this hike in December (4 hours of daylight!) of 2005, it is ...

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  • Klakkur

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    17.66mi
    Elevation +
    2694f
    TrailRank
    22

    On August 13th 2006, I led a tour group to one of my favourite little peaks, Klakkur. Since transportation was by bus we had to stick to the "easy" 4x4 track rather than approach the peak more closely - this resulted in ...

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  • Hrafnabjörg

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Laugarvatn, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.58mi
    Elevation +
    1063f
    TrailRank
    20

    Volcanic in origin, Hrafnabjörg mountain is located NE of the old parliament site at Þingvellir. Although the mountain looks pretty rugged from the western side it is in fact very easily ascended from the other side. For...

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  • Stóra-Jarlhetta

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    6.05mi
    Elevation +
    2129f
    TrailRank
    20

    Although often referred to as "Tröllhetta", the proper name of this mountain is Stóra-Jarlhetta (or so say the locals). An easy and rewarding hike - especially if the weather is good. For some pictures click on the title...

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  • Skriðufell

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    14.37mi
    Elevation +
    2031f
    TrailRank
    19

    It was on Easter Monday 2006 that we set course fro Skriðufell in two 4x4s. Getting to where we intended to start skiing turned out to be quite hard - we cooked the automatic transmission of Tommi's Ford - he had to keep...

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  • Bláfjöll-Litla Kaffistofan 2007

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    Cross Country Ski
    near Strandarkirkja, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    11.38mi
    Elevation +
    873f
    TrailRank
    16

    It has become a tradition that the first cross-country skiing trip organised by Útivist each year follow this route though the detailed track varies - this was the 2007 version. Since most of us are fairly clumsy skiers ...

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  • Hafrafell

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    Backcountry Ski
    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    10.64mi
    Elevation +
    1831f
    TrailRank
    16

    Located on the NW flank of the Langjökull icecap, Hafrafell was the destination of a spring (late March) skitrip in 2005. Beaitful weather, if a little cold, and good skiing (though perhaps a tad too fast for some!). Cli...

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  • near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    1.05mi
    Elevation +
    230f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Thingvellir - On the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Photo of Thingvellir - On the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Photo of Thingvellir - On the Mid-Atlantic Ridge

    Easy trail starting at Thingvellir's (parliament) visitor center, goes through part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that separates America from Euro-Asia. The waypoint shows the probably the only place in the world where you c...

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