Inga Fanney, our trail running and hiking expert, has planned a series of hiking and trail running tours that are scheduled for this summer in Iceland and Greenland. These include scheduled tours on the classic Laugavegur trail (hiking or trail running), discovering the Icelandic Highlands (hiking or trail running) and there’s even a sailboat trail running tour in Greenland (bookable through Ísafold Travel). Below Inga shares what you would need to bring on a hiking and/or trail running trip.
If you are planning to go hiking or running in Iceland, there are several important things to consider that will make your trip more enjoyable. As you’ve probably heard, the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, and the locals say: “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes!” However, what happens if it doesn’t change to sunny and calm after waiting 5 minutes? It is essential to be prepared for any type of conditions the weather gods decide to send us.
Here are a few things we think will make your hiking experience in Iceland more enjoyable:
First of all, you need good hiking shoes. To be on the safe side, bring leather waterproof ones with good ankle support and medium hard sole to tackle the rocks and uneven slopes.
Good socks are just as important as good shoes. Don’t underestimate the importance of good socks. Cotton is not our friend here. You’ll want woollen or synthetic type of socks, and at least a few pairs.
Shirts – both long sleeve and short sleeve. This is the important thermal underwear you don’t want to leave behind on your Iceland trip. Fabric can be wool or synthetic, and again cotton is not the appropriate fabric.
Strong and light trousers that will dry quickly, and a pair of shorts wouldn’t hurt for the warmer days.
And then the important stuff: waterproofs! Leave the poncho and umbrella at home, as those do not serve any purpose in Iceland, except being blown away when the wind seems to come from every direction. You want to bring light, breathable, windproof and waterproof jacket AND trousers. Make sure to bring a waterproof jacket with a hood. Waterproofs are mandatory when hiking in Iceland for several days.
If you still have doubts about your equipment, drop us a line to [email protected], so we can help make sure you bring the appropriate gear to enjoy your visit to Iceland.