Anonymous asked: Absolutely love the blog, it's fantastic! I'm not sure if you're still taking questions, but I have one regarding hiking in Iceland. I've seen some info on the "traditional" hikes - the ones around the Golden Circle, Landmannalaugar, and Thorsmork. But beyond those two, it's difficult or next to impossible to get details on other interesting car-accessible backpacking trips - maybe something more adventurous than the 1 or 2 the tourists do Where do people in Iceland go backpacking themselves?
There are no well known popular hikes around the Golden Circle. You usually do the Golden Circle in a day by car or bus and there is minimal walking required at each site.
The Laugavegur hike (Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk) that you mention is however super popular and a true hike. You can read more about that in previous posts.
Since you mention “around the Golden Circle”, you remind me of one possibility. There is a hike called “Leggjabrjótsleið” (E. Leg Breaking Route) from here close to Þingvellir and down into the Botnsdalur valley. This is a long day hike or an easy hike if you overnight on the way. However there is no marked trail, only a difficult to see trodden path after the 4x4 track ends. This is not a loop though, so transport could be an issue.
You could also do a really nice day hike in Botnsdalur and see Iceland’s formerly highest waterfall.