10 Mesmerizing Adventure & Hiking Tours in Iceland - Updated 2023

Hiking and adventure tours in Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island nation defined by its dramatic landscape with volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, massive glaciers, and lava fields. Known for being an incredibly friendly, welcoming place, most of its population (around 330,000 “islanders”) lives in the capital, Reykjavik (the world’s most northerly capital, home to the kind of egalitarianism, green thinking and effortless style that its Nordic people are famous for), from where you can access most of the country’s sights. Iceland is, literally, a country in the making. Its active natural forces and splendors seem designed to remind visitors of their insignificance in the greater scheme of things. Iceland is the perfect destination for most outdoor adventures, all year round and there are so many reasons to take a holiday in the country that it’d be vain to try to enumerate them all, but here are some of the best adventure tours you should think about while visiting this marvelous country.

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1. Small Group South Iceland, Waterfalls & Glacier Hiking Adventure (from USD 169.0)

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The southern shore of Iceland is a magnificent and impressive natural heaven that’ll blow your mind on this full-day trip from Reykjavik. Volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, and much more … with this mini-bus exploration you just can’t believe your eyes! Seeing the magical waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, the black sand beach, and the basalt cliffs of the popular Reynisfjara beach, the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull and Hekla volcanoes, the great Solheimajokull glacier … most travelers, and especially nature lovers and adventurers, will love exploring this tongue of ice that dates back 700 years. Well, this amazing tour will entertain you through this wonderful discovery of the southern wonders of the country.

South Iceland Hiking Tour: Waterfalls, Glaciers, Volcanoes

Duration: 10 hours

253 reviews

4. Full-Day Canyon Hiking Tour Egilsstaðir (from USD 354.0)

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The Egilsstaðir canyon seems to come from another world and with this tour, you’ll feel like you are exploring a place nobody has ever seen before. Amazing rock formations, caves, and beautiful waterfalls, completely untouched and preserved nature is waiting for you. You’ll also see the Jökulsá river, the huge canyons of Hafrahvammagljúfur and Dimmugljúfur along the 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) of this unreal natural wonder. The main canyon is about 5 kilometers (3 miles) long and the entire canyon from Desjará to Tröllagil spans 10 kilometers (6.2 miles). From hiking to enjoy hot springs waterfalls … you’ll not return the same from this incredible tour.

Full-Day Canyon Hiking Tour Egilsstaðir

Duration: 10 hours

5. Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience (from USD 152.56)

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Outdoor lovers will be glad to hear that this day tour will lead them to the Southern Highland of Fjallabak to explore the wonders of Iceland’s Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area. You’ll barely believe this bubbling wonderland with its caramel colored peaks of Brennisteinsalda, steaming hot springs, rambling lava flows of Laugahraun, clear blue lakes, and the Vondugil and Grænagil canyons surrounding you as you’ll discover the stunning area. Landmannalaugar, together with Hekla, is one of Iceland’s most unique destinations pleasing to all those who love to explore the beauty of nature. A highlight for hikers will be the climbing of Bláhnúkur, a 60,000-year-old volcano with panoramic views of the whole Landmannalaugar valley. This is another thing you’ll remember all of your life!

Iceland: Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano Hiking Experience

Duration: 5.0 hour

217 reviews

6. Thorsmork Volcano Hiking Adventure from Reykjavik (from USD 259.0)

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On this incredible 4x4 jeep and hiking day trip, you’ll have a close and powerful encounter with Iceland’s impressive volcanic landscape. Passing by the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull glacier, on this guided 16 kilometer (12 miles) hike around craters and cooling lava from Basar to Fimmvorduhals volcano in Thorsmork valley, you’ll learn about the country’s high concentration of volcanoes. Adventurers will be in love with this 6-8 hours active walk through this powerful nature, but even the beginners will be able to handle the experience, as your expert guide will lead you carefully up there after the essential safety briefing. This is a great experience worth enjoying while in Iceland!

Thorsmork Valley Full-Day Hike from Reykjavik

Duration: 14 hours

28 reviews

7. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Tour from Reykjavik (from USD 163.23)

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Another thing worth seeing once in your life in south Iceland is the dramatic landscapes of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (the largest glacier in Europe). With this full-day tour from your hotel in Reykjavik, you’ll go to the stunning place and enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and the surreal scenery while walking on the glacier’s surface. You’ll also be pleased visiting the mind blowing waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss on your way back before stopping for dinner at Vik and its wonderful Diamond beach with black sand. This is a tour worth booking!

From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

Duration: 14.0 hour

2010 reviews

8. 5-Day Golden Circle and Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour (from USD 92.0)

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The legendary “Golden Circle” 5-day tour is the definite Icelandic experience! From whales to gazing at the world known Northern Lights, passing by the beaches of black volcanic sand … this tour will blast all of your expectations. For the first 2 days, Iceland’s south coast will entertain you with its stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, strong rivers, and powerful waterfalls. You’ll see a black sand beach scattered with icebergs next to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, go inside a natural ice cave at Vatnajökull before heading to the 3rd day of exploration of the cascades of Gullfoss, the stunning landscape of Þingvellir National Park, and the large volcanic crater of Kerið. You’ll spend the last 2 days wandering through the fairy-tale-like Snæfellsnes Peninsula where all the wonders of Iceland are packed in a single area (sandy shores, jagged lava fields, waterfalls, imposing cliffs, and etc. Well, you won’t return the same from this tour of a lifetime.

Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier

Duration: 3 hours

347 reviews

9. Inside the Volcano: Small Group Thrihnukagigur Hike and Tour from Reykjavik (from USD 363.0)

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Made for outdoors lovers, hikers, and adventurers this small-group tour consists of a descent inside the remains of Iceland’s dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano. After traveling through the surreal Blue Mountains, hiking through the area’s craggy lava fields, you’ll follow your guide inside the geological site’s immense subterranean interior to gaze at the remainders of 4,000 year old wall scars from a volcanic eruption. From hiking through lava fields, sharp rocks, steaming gas fissures, to the cavernous inside base of this dormant volcano, you’ll enjoy an experience you might have only once in your lifetime!

Thrihnukagigur Inside the Volcano Tour and Hike from Reykjavik

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

97 reviews

10. Small-Group Golden Circle and Kerid Volcanic Crater Day Trip from Reykjavik (from USD 94.0)

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This full-day tour is a condensed sightseeing trip around Iceland’s most awesome sights such as Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, or Kerid Crater Lake. You’ll gaze out over the dramatic volcanic crater measuring an impressive 270-meters (886-feet) wide and 55-meters (180-feet) deep, walk right on the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates at the Thingvellir National Park. You’ll also watch the Strokkur geyser erupt (around every 10 minutes), spurting a column of water up to 30 meters (98 feet) in the air at the Geysir geothermal area, the first discovered and most famous in the world after which all others are named. A mesmerizing experience!

Golden Circle, Thingvellir, Kerid Tour from Reykjavik

Duration: 8 hours

344 reviews

Get back to nature

With these 10 tours in Iceland, you’ll enjoy a nature experience and will discover the forgotten greatness and power of nature and the environment in this lovely country. Are you ready for a life changing experience with the elements?

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