Katie Hammel

I'm a travel writer and editor based in San Francisco. I've been working in the travel industry for a decade and have written for travel publications including BBC Travel and Travel + Leisure. I was previously the content manager and blog editor at Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and the Iceland-based startup TripCreator. I count Iceland among my favorite destinations in the world. I've been there seven times and have explored every region of the country.

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Iceland’s Best Hiking Regions

As Iceland’s popularity grows, tourists have discovered what locals have always known: the sparsely populated country is a nirvana for hikers. With miles of trails dotted with geological wonders—flowing waterfalls, sawtooth mountains, massive glaciers, steaming fumaroles, and lupine-studded valleys, to name a few—its surreal landscape is best explored on foot. Here are some of the best areas for hiking in Iceland.

Hikers in Landmannalaugar
The Best Multi-Day Treks in Iceland

Iceland is a world-class hiking destination. Its colored mountains, green valleys, and windswept cliffs provide the perfect setting for epic multi-day hikes. Since most Icelanders live in and around Reykjavik, and most travelers stay close to the roads, the rest of the sparsely populated country offers plenty of room to roam. These multi-day treks cover some of the most beautiful places in Iceland.