Exploring the wilds of Iceland

May 5, 2004
Outside Magazine
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Exploring the wilds of Iceland

Exploring the wilds of Iceland
Question: I was just wondering what you would suggest about hiking in Iceland. I have lots of relatives there but need some insight on planning a trip there that is outside. Can you help?

Shawn Crist
Miami Beach, FL
[email protected]

Adventure Adviser: The good news is that with five national parks, thousands of miles of trails, and plenty of wide-open, unpeopled spaces, Iceland is a hiker's paradise. Some of the best roaming is on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, about three hours north of Reykjavík, where you can clamor around the Snaefellsjokull Glacier. Start from the remote outpost of Arnarstapi, on Route 574, stopping at the village inn for directions to the trailhead. From there, it's an easy four-hour hike to the 4,744-foot summit (stash a pair of crampons in your daypack, just to be safe), with its sweeping views of the West Fjord Mountains to the north, jet-black lava fields, and electric-green sheep pastures. For more details on this and other choice hiking areas, call the Iceland Hiking Club at 011-354-1-68-25-33.

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