Hiking Iceland: Hverfjall

For a relatively short hike, the trail from Reykjahlíð to Dimmuborgir via the rim of Hverfjall offers up a great mix of scenery. Highlights include the opportunity to look down into a massive tuff ring volcano crater and the panoramic view of Mývatn studded with lava pillars and pseudocraters. Rising over 300 m from the surrounding landscape and stretching more than a km wide, …

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Hiking Iceland: Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon

After a good night's sleep, we began our 2-day exploration of the Mývatn region with a hike along the west side of Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon. The trailhead parking was near Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. And while Dettifoss and the nearby Selfoss were impressive, this was our least favourite hiking experience in Iceland. It would be …

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Exploring Iceland: Central Highlands

We stopped at more than a dozen locations during our two days of photo touring in the heart of Iceland's Highlands. The landscape is remarkable: contrasting bright green mosses and lichens against a background of black lava rock and sand; glacial rivers and highland tarns; isolated fishing lakes nestled between rolling hills; waterfalls and more. We enjoyed composing traditional landscapes, panoramas and more abstract interpretations of the land. These two days confirmed we made the right call engaging a photo guide / driver for much of our time in Iceland. Thanks, Haukur!


Hiking Iceland: Lagaveguer

The popular 55 km multi-day Laugavegurinn trail connecting Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk is typically completed over a few days, with trekkers making good use of the mountain huts at Hrafntinnusker, Álftavatn, Hvanngil and/or Emstrur. We weren't interested in the full Lagaveguerinn experience, but we arranged to day hike one leg of the trail, from Hrafntinnusker to Landmannalaugar. The landscape was varied and striking and we made quick work of the mostly downhill, 10 km stretch of track. If the stunning scenery along this leg of the Laugavegu trail is any indication of what hikers encounter on the other 45 km, we'll have to figure out a way to do another leg of the route next time we visit Iceland.