Hiking in Iceland
In a land filled with geological wonders, an untouched wilderness and vast open spaces, it makes sense that hiking is a favourite activity among the locals. Some of Iceland’s most popular hiking trails are in the south of Iceland, in and around the Þórsmörk area. These trails (e.g. Fimmvörðuháls and Laugavegur) come highly recommended for their extraordinary beauty, glorious views and diversity in landscapes.
Do you want to know more about hiking in the highlands of Iceland? See your complete guide to Iceland's highlands.
The Highland Bus
The green oasis that is Þórsmörk is surrounded by the Iceland highlands, glaciers and glacial rivers and crossing these rivers and tracks is not recommended for regular vehicles. Reykjavik Excursions runs scheduled highland buses daily to and from the most popular hiking trails in the area. Explore your options to buy transfer to and from your designated route or keep your options open with our flexible Hiking Pass and we’ll help you do Iceland on your own.
Departures to Þórsmörk from BSÍ Bus Terminal, Hella or Hvolsvöllur daily between June 3rd and September 15th.
Departures to Landmannalaugar and Skógar from BSÍ Bus Terminal, Hella or Hvolsvöllur daily between June 15th and September 11th.
See the Highland Bus schedule here: Highland Bus Schedule - Summer 2022 (pdf)
See the Highland Bus Prices: Highland Bus Prices - Summer 2022 (pdf)
Book in advance to guarantee your seat and the lowest price online!
To check-in, please send an email to [email protected] with your booking number, your preferred dates, departure and arrival location as well as departure time, at least 48 hours before departure.
Please note that the bus might be fully booked on your preferred departure even with the 48 hour notice, the sooner you check-in the more chance there is for availability.
For travellers that end their hiking trail in Þórsmörk or Landmannalaugar, we offer baggage transfer for a small fee. You can choose between three different areas within Þórsmörk: Húsadalur (Volcano Huts), Langidalur or Básar. You can add baggage as an extra when you book the Highland Pass.
The baggage transfer is limited to a backpack, box, or a cabin size bag plus a sleeping bag (Maximum luggage size excluding the sleeping bag: 55x40x20 cm, maximum weight: 10 kg). Please make sure that items are in a waterproof bag and are properly labeled.
Please note that depending on the delivery location the baggage might be placed in an unattended room or a trailer until picked up. Reykjavik Excursions assumes no responsibility for baggage after it is dropped off, but in the Icelandic highlands, this shouldn’t really be a problem.
You do not need to book and pay for baggage transfer for the bags that you bring with on the hike, only if you are sending bags to a different location than you are travelling to.