Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour

Overview

Landmannalaugar is a natural wonderland with colorful peaks, bubbling hot springs, clear blue lakes, and rambling lava fields. Landmannalaugar features one of the most uniquely colorful settings called Mount Brennisteinsalda and Bláhnjúkur. It is located within Fjallabak Reserve, in remote settings of Icelandic highlands. It features stunning hiking trails and a starting point of the famous Laugavegur trail. After a long day of hiking, you can soak in one of the natural geothermal pools.

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Duration 5 / 14 Hours
Availability June - Sept
Ratio 1:16 Guide to client ratio

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar
  • Brennisteinsalda mountain
  • Laugahraun lava fields
  • Small group experience
  • Hekla volcano
  • Hot spring bathing
Trip details
What's included
What to bring
FAQ

Landmannalaugar is located within the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Icelandic Highlands. Landmannalaugar is a geothermally active area with colorful mountains, steaming ground, and a natural hot pool suitable for bathing.  

The landscape of Landmannalaugar is exceptionally diverse, ranging from black lava fields to multicolor mountains, green moss, and steaming hot springs. There's a field of obsidian and a black and blue Bláhnúkur volcano in front of Brennisteinsalda. All of this creates a beautiful, painting-like landscape view.  

Many adventure-seekers have favored this remote area for years, and this day hike is a perfect chance for you to visit this fantastic place. 
 
THE TOUR

Your adventure will start at the main hut in Landmannalaugar. From there, you will take off for the most beautiful hike that will last about 4 hours. The total walking distance will be approximately 8-10 km.  

The hiking route crosses over the Laugahraun lava field, continuing to Vondugil canyon until it reaches the famous Mt. Brennisteinsalda, a multicolored peak that characterizes the area.  

On our way down, we will walk through the beautiful Graenagil gorge. Icelanders call it "the Green Gorge" because of its beautiful green color. If there's time, we will also summit to Blahnukur Volcano before soaking in the hot pool and enjoying the spectacular surroundings of Landmannalaugar! 
 
PICK-UP/MEET ON LOCATION INFORMATION 
 
This tour is available both with or without pick-up from Reykjavík. Please make sure to add a pick-up to your booking if you prefer to be picked up, otherwise, we'll meet at Landmannalaugar.  

Important: if you plan to meet us at Landmannalaugar, please remember that you will need a 4*4 jeep permitted on F-roads to drive to Landmannalaugar. 
 
Pick up times and places (if you purchased the pick-up): 

Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:

Between 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.:

- Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti 
- Hallgrímskirkja Church 
- Reykjavik Campsite 

Meet us at 11:30 am in front of the Main Hut in Landmannalaugar – please keep in mind that you need a 4*4 jeep that is permitted to drive on F-roads to drive to Landmannalaugar. 

Meeting points and times outside Reykjavik: 

  • 8:15 from Selfoss N1 Gas Station 
  • 9:00 from Hella Bus Stop 
  • Guiding service
  • Hiking 
  • Small Icelandic treat
  • Bathing in a natural hot pool 
  • English Speaking Tour Guide 
  • Landmannalaugar facility fees 
  • Transportation can be purchased with your tour
  • Warm outdoor clothing 
  • Waterproof jackets and pants 
  • Headwear 
  • Gloves 
  • Good hiking shoes are essential 
  • Bathing suit 
  • Towel

What type of transportation is used on this tour? Will there be stops along the way to purchase lunch?

  • We use a 4*4 highland bus company to transport us to the amazing Landmannalaugar and yes, we will be making a short restroom break at a roadside shop where you can also purchase a lunch to bring on the tour.

 

What is the distance and elevation gain?

  • We hike about 8 km. which is around 4 hours of hiking including a lunch break. The elevation gain is about 4-500 m. going to approx. 890 m. above sea level.

 

I would like to meet the group in Landmannalaugar - what kind of vehicle will I need?

  • You will need a 4*4  jeep to drive the roads to Landmannalaugar. These are rough F-roads and many car rental companies don’t allow you to drive on these roads so be sure to contact them beforehand to make sure it is permitted. These roads take longer to drive so make sure you allow for plenty of time. If you arrive before the group then you are in luck, enjoy the scenery and breathe the fresh highland air – you won't regret spending some extra time in this beautiful area!

 

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

  • Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, we reserve the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions.

 

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour?

  • This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick-up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour. Here you should wait for your guide.

    Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you. View our pick-up locations.

 

Do you pick me up from the airport?

  • No, we don't do it in our regular pickup. If you want a private transfer from the airport to your hotel, drop us a line and we will send you a quote.

 

Can I drink alcohol before or during tours?

  • Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity. After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

 

Is there a guide on each tour?

  • Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. All of our tours are guided in English.

 

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

  • No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

 

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

  • The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from the UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz, or plugs.

 

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