Category Archives: Hiking in Iceland

Lakagígar Highland Iceland

Part-10 Landmannalaugar Highland www.youtube.com Laki or Lakagígar (Craters of Laki) is a volcanic fissure situated in the south of Iceland, not far from the canyon of Eldgjá and the small town Kirkjubæjarklaustur, in Skaftafell National Park. Laki is part of a volcanic system, centering on the Grímsvötn volcano and including the Eldgjá canyon and Katla volcano, and lies between the glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull, in an area of fissures which run in a south-west to north-east direction. In AD 934, the Laki system produced a very large volcanic eruption, as a flood basalt in the Eldgjá eruption, which released 19.6 cubic kilometres (4.7 cu mi) of lava. In 1783-1784, the system erupted again, from the Laki fissure and the adjoining Grímsvötn volcano, pouring out an estimated 14 km3 (3.4 cu mi) of basalt lava and clouds of poisonous hydrofluoric acid/sulfur-dioxide compounds that killed over 50% of Iceland’s livestock population, leading to famine which killed approximately 25% of the population. iceland extreme Pictures from Laki and Lakagígar craters in Iceland www.photo.is www.photo.is www.photo.is Here are some more pictures from some new trip this summer on trips with tourist and on my trike or ultralight: (Trip with Peter around Iceland, totally mad this guy, but he is pro!) Peter Hringferð Háifoss Landmannalaugar Fjadrárgljúfur Laki Vatnajökull Hrútárjökull Íshellir Lón Krossgil Hengifoss Kárahnjúkar Hálslón Laugavellir Kverkfjöll Kúluskítur Gjástykki
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Iceland Equals Adventure

Iceland Equals Adventure

Article by David Brooks

This is for all you trekking, hiking and outdoor enthusiasts out there – you know who you are. There’s a small island in the North Atlantic that has few rivals for those seeking adventure.

Iceland is a little known adventure destination; it’s a little known destination period, let’s face it. But, if you are like me and really enjoy the outdoors, Iceland is a great place to visit. It has so many offerings, coupled with a near pristine environment.

Here is a list of some of the adventure possibilities Iceland offers, some all year round: hiking, trekking, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, mountain climbing, ice and rock climbing, downhill skiing, telemark skiing, ocean and freshwater fishing, white water rafting, adventure jeep tours, extreme off-roading, scuba diving (both fresh water and ocean) camping and cycling tours. Additionally, you can explore hot springs, ice and lava caves, lave fields, geothermal fields, bird watching, the list goes on.

I will not go into detail on all these activities, just the ones I have done myself. First up is hiking and trekking. In Iceland you can opt for easy, short hikes, half day hikes and overnight hikes. I have even seen, though not done myself, a trek across the entire country that takes almost a month what an experience that would be! I lived in Reykjavik for two years and participated in numerous hikes. Just outside of the capital is Mt. Esjan. This is a fairly easy 3-4 hour hike up the face of Mt. Esjan with a rewarding, uncluttered view back to Reykjavik.

The jeep tours are outstanding and I have been on several. Most will take you in to the backcountry, crossing streams (really rivers) along the way, driving on glaciers, black sand beaches, up tight mountain passes into some of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen. On memorable jeep tour I took was to visit several natural hot springs. The whole point of the tour was to bathe in as many hot springs as possible.

I have also done glacier trekking where you have to where crampons and follow a guide to make sure you don’t fall into a crevasse. This is one of the most memorable and powerful outdoors activities I did while in Iceland. The colors and surreal beauty was outstanding.

I never personally got the opportunity to do many of the other items I listed but, I have spoken with people who have done them all. Of particular consequence is the salmon fishing. Iceland is a world-class destination for fly fishing and you don’t even have to leave the city of Reykjavik. My apartment was about one half mile from one of the best fishing rivers in the country. During the season I would see the salmon grouping up together, resting before their next push forward. I would watch the fly fishermen hauling them in.

Iceland, as an adventure destination, does have some detractions. For one, it is fairly remote, located just below the arctic circle way out in the north Atlantic. Though, it is not as far away as you might think. Flight times from the east coast of the US range from 5 to 6 hours. Secondly, Iceland can have very bad weather, described as capricious. I would advise traveling there in the high season from May to late August. You can expect temperatures in the mid to high fifties and on a really nice day the temperature can reach 70 degrees. Another big hurdle is Iceland’s high prices. I read recently that Iceland was one of the most expensive countries in the world. This is especially true for food, fuel and lodgings.

High prices, potentially bad weather and its remote location aside, Iceland is worth it. If you want an adventure, almost no matter what kind of adventure, Iceland will deliver. Just pick your thrill, book your flight and enjoy.

Iceland is a great place for adventure vacations and a good all-purpose beginning would be jeep tours or any day tour company that offers a wide curriculum of activities.

About the Author

David Brooks is the SEO Manager for Blindsgalore.com, a internet retailer of window treatments, blinds, shutters and shades.

A Backpacking Guide to Iceland

A Backpacking Guide to Iceland

Article by Paul scottyn

Iceland is a destination of stunning natural beauty and offers a range of activities for travelers. The Nordic country, situated just south of the Arctic Circle, can provide a great alternative experience for backpackers on a budget.

SightsIceland has many things to see and do across the country. The Pearl monument is a landmark found on the top of Oskjuhlid and has a viewing platform affording stunning views across the city.

Art galleries, museums and monuments are plentiful throughout the capital Reykjavik and are worth visiting to understand its rich nautical history.

Despite its many cultural attractions, it is Iceland’s landscape and natural beauty that are the main reasons travelers are drawn to the country in such droves.

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and a hugely popular attraction among travelers staying in Reykjavik hostels. Backpackers may find it useful to know that before and after entering the spa everyone must use the communal showers, so shy people beware!

Whale-watching is a uniquely Icelandic pursuit and can be done in Reykjavik, Husavik and Akureyri. Backpackers can catch one of the many tours to the world’s largest puffin colonies and marvel at the scene of nature at work.

Eating

The center of Reykjavik is the best place to eat out and all types of cuisine from all corners of the world are available here at reasonable prices.

Those seeking a traditional dining experience will be met with a choice of fish, lamb and dairy produce, which are staples in the Icelandic diet.

The more adventurous backpacker can try traditional Viking-inspired Icelandic food such as Thorramatur, which is a range of local dishes comprising cured meat and fish.

A trip to the supermarket is also a cheap way to conjure up an authentic Icelandic meal using the kitchen facilities available at most hostels in iceland .

Going Out

Reykjavik is the place to go for the best nightlife in Iceland and travelers should get hold of the Iceland Travel Discount Card to take advantage of savings opportunities.

Clubs, bars and cafes are multi-functional and travelers could be in a laid-back bar one minute and find that it has turned into a club the next.

Clubs and bars tend to get started late and backpackers can find themselves partying until 5am. Travelers unfamiliar with the area should be sure they do not overdo it to the extent that they are unable to find their way back to their Reykjavik hostels .

Austurstraeti has a particularly buzzing scene and, as is the case throughout Reykjavik, admission to nightspots is generally free.

About the Author

Before settling down and becoming a copywriter for Hostelbookers. Paul Scottyn did a backpacking tour of Iceland, he checked out a variety of the country’s budget accommodation, including a number of most reykjavik hostels.

Looking to get away? Try a glacier hike in Iceland. Really.

Looking to get away? Try a glacier hike in Iceland. Really.

Article by Dan Patrick

Iceland-it’s not actually covered in Ice, that’s Greenland. Iceland, in fact, is mostly green.

Thoughts of Iceland, Ice-land to most Americans, conjures up images of frozen land, frozen people and glaciers. To be sure, it can be cold in Iceland and there are glaciers-some of the most incredible and accessible glaciers in the world, in fact-but glaciers cover only about 11% of the country.

Iceland is mostly unspoiled and natural, and you can get to the most incredible places quite easily, unlike many of the national parks and beautiful places in the U.S. Here, too often, ‘nature’ is available for your viewing pleasure from sunup to sundown, after you find a parking space, gain the blessing of a gate attendant, and wander down a trail with fences on two sides like pedestrian slot cars. A highly orchestrated nature experience isn’t a nature experience.

Things are different in Iceland. You can really get out there if you like. Whether you’re the find-it-yourself type and like to spend your vacation out of a rental car (or Holiday out of a car for hire if you’re from the UK), or if you prefer to connect with a local tour company to take you directly to the best spots – either way, you’ll see incredible landscapes. Keep in mind, ‘best spots’ is another concept where you’ll need to shift your thinking away from the familiar roadside turnout photo opp that first involves parking logistics and some form of waiting, to places where roads often have no barrier and you realize you don’t need a map to find a beautiful spot.

I’m a find-it-yourself type by nature, but over the years I’ve grown to enjoy the personal service of private or small group guided tours. I don’t need to worry about whether I’ve picked the best spot based on an outsiders quick education via brochures, web sites and airport conversations, nor do I want to share my experience with a busload of people in a large group tour.

I also like to experience a new place up-close and personally. Sure, you can visit a new place, and while you’re there, read about the history, the people, and the land, but you can do that from home in front of a computer! When I go someplace new, I want to do things that are not possible to do anywhere else, to go outside and touch things, hike the land, smell the air,…drink from a glacier!

Hiking, to me is nearly a religious experience. It’s the only thing I can do where I am equally comfortable in conversation, sharing the experience live and out loud with my wife or a friend, or silent, soaking it in at the highest bandwidth possible.

Check out a hiking experience with the local pros – they know the best places to take you and it’s not in a queue of 65 day-trippers going to the same spot-there are lots of great places to go and the guides adapt around your needs and desires.

Iceland hiking is like a distilled version of hiking elsewhere. The clean air, clean land, living landscape of tundra, volcanoes, glaciers, fjords and hot springs afford an unparalleled experience of nature. With direct flights from major US Metro airports and easy access to lodging and touring companies, an Iceland getaway is closer than you think.

About the Author

Dan is an outdoors and nature lover, recent convert to glacier hiking and tours in Iceland, and writer.