Summer is the perfect time for hiking, cycling, or even making like Walter Mitty and skateboarding your way around this geologically and visually incredible island.
Scale the extraterrestrial looking summit of Mount Drápuhlíðarfjall with its colourful volcanic rocks, or spend 3 hours roaming around Mount Kirkjufell, near Grundarfjordur, widely considered to be the most beautiful mountain in Iceland. Hop around the giant boulders in Stórurð, punctuated by glacial ponds. Veer off the beaten track to the seldom visited Mount Ármannsfell, a relatively easy but fulfilling trek.
Plan a cycling trip for the summer, with bright, clear days for biking and in June - the midnight sun. Follow the main highway, route 1, around 1,400km of Iceland's circumference, with the wind in your hair. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime, contrasting perfect solitude and astounding nature with friendly folks and jovial local camaraderie.
Iceland's summers are pretty short, so the best time to visit for outdoor pursuits is between May and September. We've picked out the top biking and hiking gems and their nearest hostels for you to work your way around, along with some top tips for safety and making the most of your trip, from locals.