Let’s be clear from the beginning: Sidney Island is not a hiking destination. If you try really hard and the tide is low, you can do a walk which is about 10 km long. But let’s face it, a lot of us go hiking because we want to get away, and in this respect, Sidney Spit is a very good place to get away from Victoria
One day hikes
Gowlland Tod Provincial Park is a hidden treasure, sitting unassumingly on the SE coast of Saanich Inlet. It’s relatively easy to get there by public transport but quiet and forgotten when compared to Goldstream which attracts carloads of tourists.
Goldstream is possibly the most popular area around Victoria for hiking. The longest hike you can do there takes you through the Western side of the park all the way to a trestle bridge, down to the highway, up to Mt Finlayson and back to a bus stop. That’s the loop that I’ll be describing in this article.
Sarajevo is a cute capital, kind of my size of city. Big enough to have universities and museums but still small enough to see mountains from almost any place. The most convenient hike you can do there is to take a public transport bus 69 to Nahorevo. From there, you keep following the road and come to a place with a map and quite a few trails you can follow.
Norra Lunsens is a nature reserve south of Uppsala, Sweden. It’s easily accessible by public transport (eg. bus stop Fjällfinas Kåta) and kind of a must for every hiker visiting the city.
A lot has been written about hiking around lake Mývatn as there are many options for day walks in the area. One of the longest trails you can do starts directly in Reykjahlíð and takes you through Hverfjall and Dimmuborgir – varied, but still only volcanic landscapes.
Skaftafell in Iceland is a great area for one day hikes. It’s accessed directly on the Ring Road and therefore the local campsite is a truly huge affair…
The Fimmvörðuháls pass from Skógar to Thórsmork is one of the classic hikes in Iceland. You can hike it in either direction and every year there is pretty much only a two month window when the track is passable.
When you are in Landmannalaugar, Iceland, the Bláhnúkur Circuit is one of the day trails you can do there. It is worth doing just as any other trail in the area is.
I love vernacular architecture, I love hiking and I love the Carpathian mountains. Because of that, this relatively easy day hike was for me one of the nicest things I’ve done in a while.