Destination: Highlands Region, Iceland
Length: 50 mi (80 km)
Features: diverse terrain, cool temperatures, weather changes
The Laugavegur Trail/Fimmvorduhals Pass combines two of the most scenic hikes in Iceland: the Laugavegur Trail between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork, and the Fimmvorduhals Pass from Thorsmork to Skogar. The trail can be divided into a few smaller hikes, however, to fully immerse yourself in Icelandic nature we recommend that you hike it all at once, over a period of 4-6 days.
If you’re looking to experience the thrill of geothermal pools, rhyolite hills, black lava fields and bubbling hot springs - Iceland is the place to go.
Changing weather patterns means that to hike in Iceland’s wilderness, you have to be ready and plan ahead. To avoid the hassle and make the most of your time, why not let someone else do the planning and join a guided tour? Leaving early morning from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar, a day hike into the highlands for most hikers of varying skill levels.
Or opt for a multiday hike that takes you across the whole Laugavegur/Fimmvorduhals Trail. On a guided tour, all you need to worry about is putting one foot in front of the other while enjoying Iceland’s wild nature.
Destination: Island of Kauai, Hawaii
Length: 11 mi (18 km)
Features: flash floods, falling rocks, steep ascents
Combine a 5 million-year-old volcanic island with one of the world’s wettest spots on Earth - Mount Waiʻaleʻale - and you get the Kalalau Trail. The trail is the only land access to this rugged yet spine-tingling natural wonder known as the Na Pali Coast.
The trail begins at Ke’e Beach and takes you through five deep rainforest valleys. Along the way, expect to wade tiny yet quick streams, hidden waterfalls, and cobblestone pathways.
Destination: Malaga, Spain
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Features: steep walls, narrow gorge, man-made wooden and metal walkways
Once known as one of the more dangerous hikes in the world, the trail was renovated for adventurers in 2015.
This rope-and-cable trail is at the top of any adrenaline-seeker's bucket list. Wobbly suspension bridges that hug steep cliffs will put you on your toes all the way to the end.
The walk to it may seem like a challenge in itself but the extra effort is well worth it!
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