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The Icelandic Highlands is one of the most unique places you can find. Its remote setting allows you to experience nature away from the crowds. Learn about the best sightseeing and trekking tours to the Highlands of Iceland.
Trekking or sightseeing in the Icelandic Highlands? Before we answer this question, first let's define both and the main differences between these different types of travel.
What Is Trekking?
Trekking tour in Laugavegur, Iceland
Trekking is a more extreme and more challenging form of hiking. It requires a lot more physical ability and endurance, as well as mental strength. Trekking is described as a form of walking long distances though not necessarily on marked trails. If the hike takes from a half-hour to several hours, a trek can take several days or even weeks.
What Is Sightseeing?
Skogafoss waterfall during summer, Iceland
Sightseeing is the form of traveling when you visit several tourist attractions in a day. You can go sightseeing in the city or in the natural surroundings. You can also go either by foot or by transportation. Sightseeing is often organized in groups as a guided tour, where you are accompanied by a professional guide and fellow group members. Sightseeing is not usually challenging and people of all ages and abilities can participate.
Which Do You Choose: Trekking and Sightseeing?
Arctic Adventures guide and the group trekking in Laugavegur, Iceland
You probably noticed that trekking and sightseeing are two very different ways of exploring. Which one to choose is really up to you, but consider your physical and mental preparation for a trekking tour first. Don't forget to check out the guide on how to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland first.
Best Trekking Tours in the Icelandic Highlands
3-Day Landmannalaugar Pearl of the Highlands Tour
Small group trekking in Landmannalaugar mountains, Iceland
This three-day trekking in the Icelandic Highlands tour is the easiest out of all the selection of trekking tours we have. Here you'll spend three days exploring the incredible Landmannalaugar in the Highlands of Iceland, see the colorful mountains, and explore the lava fields.
Landmannalaugar is a famous hiking destination, known for excellent hiking trails. Whether you're an experienced hiker or you're just here for Iceland's natural beauty, you'll be sure to enjoy hiking in this remote and spectacular scenery!
4-Day Laugavegur Trekking Tour with Huts
Trekking in Laugavegur , Iceland
Laugavegur was named among the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic, and during this tour, you'll surely find out why. This four-day trekking tour in Iceland will take you to the Landmannalaugar wonderland and the forests Þórsmörk. Going on an ancient trail, you'll see some of the most legendary places in Iceland, as well as breathtaking scenery of the Icelandic highlands.
6-Day Laugavegur Trekking & Fimmvorduhals with Huts
Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals trekking tour huts, Iceland
This six-day trekking tour will allow you to fully experience the Icelandic highlands. You'll see the best Icelandic nature offers - from glistening glaciers, volcanoes, and lava fields to geothermal hot springs and colorful mountains.
Hiking through the Laugavegur trail is one of the unique experiences you can have in Iceland. Adding the Fimmvörðuháls area to the equation makes it even more special! On this 55-kilometer-long valley between the Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve and Þórsmörk valley, you'll be able to see the site of an infamous 2010 volcanic eruption!
During this tour, you'll see the Lakagígar craters that were formed during one of the most powerful volcanic eruptions in history. Finally, the tour will reach its pinnacle when we'll visit a true gem of the highlands, Landmannalaugar. Here you will an opportunity to explore the Laugahraun lava field, hike up to multi-colored Mt. Brennisteinsalda, and relax in a natural geothermal pool!
4-Day Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon, South Coast, Landmannalaugar Tour
Reynisfjara black sand beach and Landmannalaugar mountains, Iceland
9-Day Around Iceland, Highlands and Volcano Adventure
Woman enjoying of the Icelandic landscape
This 9-day tour will let you see all the most beautiful attractions in Iceland during one trip. You'll be able to get close and personal to breathtaking waterfalls, glistening glaciers, gushing geysers, and, most importantly, the pearl of highlands, Landmannalaugar.
By choosing this 9-day tour, you'll be able to explore the Highlands of Iceland for three days. Here you see the colorful Landmananalaugar, explore the lava fields, and dip your toes in the natural geothermal pools. The rest of the time will be dedicated to the most famous attractions along the Ring Road.