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Advice for hiking
Posted July 10th, 2012 - 1:26 pm by from Bern, Switzerland (Permalink)

Hey there

I will do a 2 weeks road trip around the island in august. We do like hiking and we have quite decent outdoor equipment. Are there some special shops where we should buy our food and stuff before we leave or are there shops all around the island to do that on the way?

Another question concerning the hikes:

When you go to all those famous places we have to see, is it easy to get information about the hikes in these places (maps etc.) on site or do we need to plan everything in advance?

Any suggestions for special hikes we absolutely have to do? (We do not have a 4x4 car)

Thank you so much for your help.


Posted August 4th, 2012 - 4:21 pm by from Hafnarfjordhur, Iceland (Permalink)
Infra-structure in places away from the big cities is very minimal (just the way I like it). You will get maps on-site in maybe the most popular places, like Landmannalaugar, but pretty much anywhere else you're going to have to buy maps in some of the many bookstores on Laugavegur street in Reykjavik.
Depends on what you need to buy. There are pretty allright grocery stores in most larger settlements (many of them are inhabited by maybe 2'000-4'000 people).
Reykjavik has practically everything you might want to buy, from the newest and fanciest ice-axes to some great boots and all this fancy freeze-dried 'adventure food', but the grocery stores out in the country have mostly normal food and traditional wool socks. The food I personally take for hikes and treks is something you can get in almost all of the grocery stores in the settlements around Iceland.