The Landmannalaugar tour from Reykjavik is a thrilling adventure that takes you to one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets. While most visitors to Iceland stick to popular tourist destinations like the Golden Circle or the southern coastline, Landmannalaugar offers a unique and breathtaking experience that requires a special 4×4 vehicle to access.
One of the highlights of the Landmannalaugar tour is the chance to go hiking in this unique terrain. There are several well-marked trails that cater to different levels of fitness and experience, ranging from easy strolls to challenging treks. You can choose to explore the ancient lava fields, hike up the rolling rhyolite hills, or venture into the rugged wilderness to discover hidden gems off the beaten path.
Another unforgettable experience in Landmannalaugar is bathing in the natural hot springs. The area is known for its geothermal activity, and you can soak in the warm mineral-rich waters while surrounded by the stunning landscapes. It’s a truly rejuvenating and relaxing experience, and a perfect way to unwind after a day of hiking.
- Transport to and from Reykjavik
- Pick up in Reykjavik
- Guided hiking tour in Landmannalaugar
- Facilities fee at Landmannalaugar
- Bathe in hot spring in Landmannalaugar
- Local Guide
What to bring
- Packed lunch. There is no restaurant in Landmannalaugar though there is a small shop for snacks.
- Water bottle
- Clothing suitable for hiking.
- rain jacket.
- Jeans are not recommended.
- Hiking shoes
- Swimming suites and towel for the hot spring.
Good to know
- Food and drinks are not included in the tour.
- Bring packed lunch. There is no restaurant in Landmannalaugar though there is a small shop for snacks.
- The duration of the tour is approximately 13 hours in total.
- All tickets are e-tickets – no need to print your tickets.
- This tour is listed as easy.
- The hiking part of the tour is optional.
- Free cancellation up until 24 hours before the tour.
On the other hand, Granni, meaning “neighbor,” is slightly smaller than Háifoss and its water flows over two ledges before reaching the canyon floor. During the spring and early summer months, when the snow upstream is melting, these waterfalls are at their most voluminous, showcasing the force of nature in all its glory. What makes these falls even more special is their remote location, off the beaten track, ensuring that you won’t need to frame your photos to avoid crowds. It’s a pristine and untouched natural wonder that offers a truly unique and awe-inspiring experience.
As we make our way towards Landmannalaugar, our first stop is the mesmerizing Hjálparfoss. Nestled in the picturesque Þjórsárdalur valley, Hjálparfoss is a double-pronged waterfall adorned with striking basalt formations, remnants of an ancient eruption from the nearby Hekla volcano. What makes these falls truly unique is that they mark the meeting point of two rivers, the Þjórsá (Iceland’s longest river) and the Fossá.
In the past, the pool that forms at the base of the falls provided relief and water to weary travelers coming from the north, which gave it its name, Hjálparfoss, which translates to “Help Falls” in English. It’s a testament to the significance of this natural wonder as a source of aid and respite for travelers in the past, adding a touch of history and intrigue to its already captivating beauty.
Hnausapollur Volcanic Crater Lake
Formed during a massive simultaneous eruption of Barðabunga and Torfajökull volcanoes over 1200 years ago, Hnausapollur is a testament to the raw power of nature. Also known as Bláhlynur, or “Blue Ponds,” the lake’s name is a nod to the mesmerizing turquoise blue hue of its waters. With its serene beauty and intriguing geological history, Hnausapollur is a must-visit destination for nature enthusiasts and adventurers seeking off-the-beaten-path experiences in Iceland.
Although the area typically becomes accessible for day tours in June, depending on the impact of spring meltwaters on the roads, caution is advised as the rough F-roads are only suitable for 4×4 vehicles. Fortunately, our sturdy highland bus is well-equipped to handle the challenge.
Renowned for its unique and colorful terrain, featuring rhyolite hills and lava fields, Landmannalaugar is a paradise for hikers. Accompanied by an experienced guide, you’ll embark on a 1.5-2 hour hike of easy to moderate difficulty, rewarded with awe-inspiring views, photo opportunities, and a sense of accomplishment. Alternatively, you can choose to explore at your own pace, reveling in the remoteness and tranquility of the surroundings, before regrouping with the guide. And what better way to conclude a hike than by soaking your weary feet in a natural hot spring? Just remember to pack your swimsuit!
In addition to its scenic trails, Landmannalaugar also serves as the starting and ending point for Iceland’s most renowned trek, the 55-kilometer Laugarvegur trail to Thorsmörk. Whether you’re an avid hiker or a nature enthusiast, Landmannalaugar promises a memorable experience amidst its breathtaking landscapes.
Upon bidding farewell to Landmannalaugar, our journey takes us back westward, ensuring you have ample time to return to the city for a late dinner.