Iceland offers a wealth of exciting outdoor sports opportunities to visitors - fishing, angling, hiking, camping, kayaking, skiing, mountain biking, golfing and scuba diving, to name but a few - but the great lure for real outdoor enthusiasts must be glacier trekking. There are many excellent, reputable tour companies offering visitors to Iceland the chance to unleash their inner Arctic explorer and experience Iceland's astounding natural bounty hands-on. Your adventure could consist of about seven hours of walking across the snow-blown, translucent landscape by day, before being fed and entertained while camping out on the freezing icefields at night. There are day-long tours available for less extreme personalities or less experienced trekkers, and some tours which combine glacier trekking with plenty of time spent camping next to hot springs and doing other more relaxing things. Snæfellsjökull glacier is probably the pick of the explorable terrains but Iceland boasts many potential areas for this sort of activity.
Travellers would be wrong to assume that glacier trekking is only possible in the summer months as many tour operators actually offer glacier tours and treks year-round. The frosty winter months, from November to February, have a beauty of their own, but inexperienced hikers may well be put off by the limited daylight which makes multi-day treks less popular for obvious reasons. Glacier trekking is a potentially dangerous activity and all hikers and climbers should ensure they are using a reputable tour company and good, safe gear - a capable guide can make all the difference so research your options ahead of time.