Outbound Collective logo

The Best Backpacking in Iceland

Looking for the best backpacking in Iceland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Iceland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top backpacking spots in and near Iceland

  • Sólheimasandur Trailhead, Iceland

    Explore Iceland's Black Sands

    Since WWII, four US planes have perished above Iceland's black sands. Here is one of them, sunken into the beach in the middle of nowhere since 1973. After running out of fuel above the town of Vik, the crew mis-executed an emergency landing and felt their wheels snap upon contact with the too-so...
    Read more
  • Gönguleið um Fimmvörðuháls, Iceland

    Þórsmörk's Skógar Hike

    15.5 mi / 6233.6 ft gain
    It is said that half of the population of Iceland believes in elves. If you spend time exploring the wilderness of Iceland, you'll begin to understand why. If elves do exist, this is where they would live.The Þórsmörk – Skógar hike, along the trail known as Fimmvörðuháls, cuts right through the k...
    Read more
  • Útnesvegur, Iceland

    Explore Snæfellsjökull National Park

    2 mi
    When I planned my road trip through Iceland, I found plenty of information and advice online for the southwestern part of the island, as well as up north in the area around Akureyri and Lake Myvatn, but there isn't a whole lot to be found about the northwestern region. Snæfellsjökull National Par...
    Read more
  • Landmannalaugar, Iceland

    Backpack the Laugavegur Trail: Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk

    34 mi / -984.3 ft gain
    First things first - catch one of the buses to the trailhead at Landmannalaugar. We chose to leave from a small hostel in Hella and ended up riding for just over two hours to reach our destination. If anything is going to give you a taste of what's to come, it'll be driving through the volcanic l...
    Read more
  • Svartifoss Trail, Iceland

    Hike to Sjónarnípa

    Skaftafell National Park is a portion of Vatnajökull National Park and easily accessible by car by Route 1 (the Ring Road). Sjónarnípa is a viewpoint overlooking the Skaftafell glacier and surrounding mountains. To hike to Sjónarnípa, begin at the Skaftafellsstofa (visitor center) and follow the ...
    Read more
  • Mógilsá, Iceland

    Hike Mount Esja, Iceland

    3.5 mi / 1788.1 ft gain
    Iceland is undoubtedly a land bubbling with adventure, and attracts a growing number of visitors each year seeking to explore its diverse terrain. While road-trips and “bikepacking” expeditions around the Ring Road are becoming more commonplace, many transatlantic travelers often find themselves ...
    Read more
  • Þórsmörk, Iceland, Iceland

    Backpack the Laugavegur Trail: Þórsmörk to Skógar

    15 mi / 3000 ft gain
    If you are on your way to Iceland to trek the incredible Laugavegur trail, and you've read about the first part of the trek in this article, then don't miss out on the last 15 miles you should be adding to the trek. This trail actually continues on to Skógar, but some backpackers choose to end at...
    Read more
  • 63.992115,-19.058868, Iceland

    Hike to the view from Bláhnúkur

    4 mi / 1640.4 ft gain
    The route for the Laugavegur Trail technically leaves the trailhead Landmannalaugar through the Laugahraun lava field—but if you choose not to detour over Bláhnúkur, you’ll miss one of the most visually stunning parts of the entire trail. If you’re camped out at Landmannalaugar instead of trekkin...
    Read more