Landmannalaugar Day Tour | Hiking and Hot Spring Bathing

Landmannalaugar Day Tour | Hiking and Hot Spring Bathing
Landmannalaugar is Iceland's most popular highland spot, and the base of the Laugavegur trail.
Hjálparfoss is a beautiful pair of conjoined waterfalls.
The Icelandic highlands are vast and empty, being one of the least populated regions of Europe.
A river system running between orange and green rhyolite mountains in Landmannalaugar.
The rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar are so vibrant, they look to be painted by hand.
Landmannalaugar's rhyolite mountains have patches of green moss and, unusually, green rock.
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Jump aboard this affordable bus tour to the Landmannalaugar region of the Icelandic Highlands for an incredible day of hiking and hot-spring bathing. This excursion is perfect for those who wish to see this country’s stunning interior first-hand, from the peaks of the rhyolite mountains or the comfort of geothermally heated waters.

You will start this tour by boarding your bus, which has been specially modified for the highlands, at the BSI Terminal in Reykjavík; you can arrange for pick-up and drop-off here if need be. Once everyone has boarded, you will begin your drive towards Landmannalaugar.

This journey goes through the beautiful nature of Iceland’s South Coast. You will pass through rural countryside, lava fields, black-sand-beaches and geothermal areas, seeing classic features such as waterfalls, glaciers and volcanoes. 

At the valley of Þjórsárdalur, you will turn inland, following the river Þjórsá to a pair of conjoining waterfalls called Hjálparfoss. You will stop here to stretch your legs and take some pictures, and Game of Thrones fans may recognise this area from a village massacre scene in Season Four. 

Before reaching Landmannalaugar, you will have one more stop at the crater lake of Hnausapollur, which is 11,000 years old. Like many highland lakes, the scale of the crater and vivid blue colour of the water is awe-inspiring.

Finally, you’ll reach your destination. Landmannalaugar is sometimes called ‘the Pearl of the Highlands’, as it is the region’s most popular area. Why will become apparent very quickly; it is a spectacular place of brightly coloured rhyolite mountains, bubbling hot springs spilling into steaming rivers and panoramic views.

You will have several hours to make the most of the area. You can take the hiking trails to some particularly notable ridges or more crater lakes to take in the unbelievable landscapes, bathe in the hot springs, or mix your time here doing both.

When you have fully enjoyed what Landmannalaugar has to offer, you’ll return to the bus and take the scenic drive back to Reykjavík. En route, you will make a stop to view one of Iceland’s most active and powerful volcanoes, Hekla.

Don’t miss this opportunity to spend a day at Landmannalaugar for an affordable price. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Highlands, Landmannalaugar, Hekla, Laugavegur hiking trail, Fjallabak, Þjórsárdalur, Hjálparfoss
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Pick-up and drop-off from Reykjavík

  • Roundtrip transport with English guidance

  • Service fee in Landmannalaugar

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Bathing suit and a towel (to take a dip into the hot pool at Landmannalaugar)

  • Sturdy boots

  • Camera

  • Warm clothing

  • Packed lunch

Good to know:

We recommend bringing a packed lunch with you, but we will also stop at a small shop where you can purchase something to eat.

Please bring coins to use to pay for bathroom.

There are changing rooms in Landmannalaugar where you can change into your swimsuit before going into the pool.

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