Hiking on your own

Safety checklist for hikes

Use the Safe Travel app

Download the Safe Travel app to your phone.

Use the Safe Travel app to make a comprehensive travel plan for hiking on your own. You can also notify Highland Base reception about your itinerary.

In addition to the Safe Travel app, you should download the 112 Iceland app, which enables you to contact Iceland’s emergency services without making a call.

It is vital that your device is fully charged. Depending on the duration of your hike, we also recommend that you bring a portable charger.

Check the weather forecast

Check the weather forecast before setting off. If the forecast is bad, it's best to postpone your trip. Keep in mind that mountain weather is notoriously unpredictable and conditions can change rapidly.

Bring the necessary supplies & equipment

  • Backpack

  • Water bottle with liquid

  • Food and snacks

  • Appropriate clothing:

- Good hiking shoes and socks (include extra socks)

- Use base layers made of wool or synthetic materials and avoid cotton

- Wool or fleece sweater

- Hiking pants

- Wind and waterproof outer layer

- Hat and gloves

  • First aid supplies:

- Blister tape

- Band aids

- Painkillers

- Sunscreen

  • Toilet paper

  • Trash bag

Recommended additional equipment:

  • Hiking poles

  • Extra insulation layer such as down or PrimaLoft™

  • Portable charger

  • Sunglasses

  • Spikes

  • Headlamp

  • Ski goggles (in winter)

How to layer your clothing

  • Base layer - wool

  • Middle layer - fleece or other synthetic material

  • Outer layer - make sure it’s wind and rainproof

  • Extra layer - PrimaLoft™ is a great option