Best Hiking Trails Europe

What are the best hiking trails in Europe? With Europe being made up of 44 countries, that’s not an easy question to answer.

There are a full 10 major mountain ranges, which, alongside the 100 minor mountain ranges on the continent make up around 20% of the European landmass. That’s a whole lot of mountains, and a lot of hikes to choose from.

Range Countries Highest Point
Caucasus Mountains Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia Mount Elbrus (5,642m)
Alps France, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, Germany, Slovenia Mount Blanc (4,810m)
Pyrenees Spain and France Aneto (3,404m)
Dolomites Italy Marmolada (3,343m)
Apennine Mountains Italy Corno Grande (2,912m)
Dinaric Alps Bosnia and Herzegovina Maja Jezercë (2,694m)
Carpathian Mountains Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Serbia Gerlachovský štít (2,654m)
Scandinavian Mountains Norway, Sweden and Finland Kebnekaise (2,469m)
Balkan Mountains Bulgaria and Serbia Botev Peak (2,376m)
Scottish Highlands Scotland Ben Nevis (1,345m)

Best Hiking Trails Europe

Tour du Mont Blanc | Tour de Mont Blanc

Circumventing the highest mountains in the Alps

With its 170 kilometres, it is certainly a long-distance trek but what’s much more impressive are the 10,000 metres of cumulative ascent and descent on this 12-day hike.

  • Countries: France, Italy, Switzerland
  • Level: Moderate – steep ascents and descents each day
  • Duration: Roughly 12 days, 5-7 hours each day

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Norwegian Fjords

Treks over glaciers, viewing mountains that come straight up from the narrow fjords

Or, wander through natural parks offering the diversity of barren glaciers to lush forests. Those up for a challenge can visit the iconic Trolltunga, Geirangerfjord, Himakana, Langfossen, or Preikestolen. All levels of trekker are welcome.

  • Countries: Norway
  • Level: Easy to Challenging
  • Duration: Endless variation. Anything from 2-3 hour treks to full-day adventures, and overnight trips.

Mount Triglav

Mountaineers visiting Slovenia must climb this beloved mountain

There are two ways to access the 2864m summit, both challenging, and both relying on via ferratas, or fixed cables, to help climbers through the scree and along narrow paths. Check out the route from charming Bled that rests en route at Kredarica hut, the highest in Slovenia.

  • Countries: Slovenia
  • Level: Medium
  • Duration: 2 days

Caucasus Mountains

If you want to explore where few others have before, Georgia is the venue for you

You’re likely to spot wildlife like deer, chamois and marmot, be sparkled by green, white and turquoise lakes, pass through medieval villages and towns, and be surrounded by peaks shooting up into the sky.

  • Countries: Georgia
  • Level: Easy to Challenging
  • Duration: Most are 3-5 days to longer treks

Via Dinarica, The Balkans

A via ferrata on Maglic Mountain on the Via Dinarica trail

Get to the Balkans and explore the food, music and the old-world heritage that still exists in this corner of Europe. The Via Dinarica traverses the Dinaric Alps and Sharr Mountain Range in more than 120 stages and acts as an adventure and cultural corridor across Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, and Macedonia. Conquer the entire 1930 km trail, or break it down into chunks

  • Countries: The Balkans
  • Level: Easy to Challenging
  • Duration: Several day trip options can be combined for your perfect adventure

England’s Coast to Coast

From the Irish Sea to the North Sea, this 309k journey takes you through history

Following Alfred Wainwright’s path from St. Bees Head and ending at Robin Hood’s Bay. Passing by castles and Roman ruins, through valleys and along cliffs, this strenuous hike is not for beginners. You pass through three national parks – The Lake District National Park, the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the North York Moors National Park. At the end of all of this, or even each day, a pub awaits.

This is one of the best hikes in the UK.

  • Countries: England
  • Level: Moderate
  • Duration:  Approximately 8-10 days

Tour de Monte Rosa

The trek around this 4634m mountain is stunning, and it is not easy

Every day there are steep ascents and descents over ice and rock. Besides glacial conditions, there are alpine meadows and forested valleys to trek through. From balcony ridges, you’ll see a panoramic paradise of peaks all over 4000m high – including back to the remarkable Matterhorn in Zermatt, Switzerland.

  • Countries: Italy
  • Level: Challenging
  • Duration: Between 8-11 days

Canary Islands, Spain

It’s time to get off the beach and onto the trails

Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Gomera are all set up for walking, and each has an individual flair.

Tenerife boasts the world’s 3rd highest volcano, pine forests, ravines and coastal paths with the fewest hikers of the three islands.

Gran Canaria also has dramatic valleys and rocky shoreline to trek, but it’s missing the massive volcano, so it has better views.

The most distinctive scenery is on La Gomera, where you could be trekking in South or Central America. If you want to go further afield, take a long weekend to trek El Hierro.

  • Countries: Spain
  • Level: Easy to Moderate
  • Duration: Heaps of different routes lasting from a few hours to 2-3 days.

Laugavegurinn, Iceland

Hot springs and steam rising from black volcanic rock

Trek this 55km route is famous for folklore and magic, which you can experience as you make your way through rainbow-coloured hills and over glaciers. The variety of landscape on this hike makes it distinctively remarkable. Make sure you book huts in advance and be prepared for extreme weather.

  • Countries: Iceland
  • Level: Challenging
  • Duration: Approximately 4-6 days

Haute Route, France & Switzerland

Starting at the foot of Mont Blanc, ending at the iconic Matterhorn

Even though it has made its name for being one of the best winter hikes on skis, the 200-kilometre-long summer version of this trek is certainly no less interesting or challenging. On this hike, you’ll cross 11 passes, clock up more than 12,000 metres in ascents and pass under ten of the twelve highest peaks in the Alps.

  • Countries: France/ Switzerland
  • Level: Moderate to Challenging
  • Duration: Roughly 10-12 days, 6-8 hours per day

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