Landmannalaugar Hiking & Hot Spring Tour
Visit the highland of Fjallabak and explore the hidden wonders of Landmannalaugar. The untouched nature, geothermal energy, colorful mountains, canyons and hot springs will definitely stay in your memory for long.
Landmannalaugar is known for its natural geothermal hot springs and stunning surrounding landscape. Located in the southern parts of the stunning Icelandic Highlands and having the active volcano, Hekla, in its neighborhood makes it one of Iceland's most unique destinations. The area is a must see for all who truly appreciate the beauty of nature.
After arrival to Landmannalaugar, we will set off on a four-hour hike through strangely sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, through Vondugil canyon, and the impressively saturated mountain of Brennisteinsalda. Brennisteinsalda is known to be highly characteristic for the area due to it's multicolored peak. As we travel back down through Grænagil canyon, you'll get to see its carved characteristics as a result of a geodynamic activity of mountains, volcanoes, and glacial rivers. The total hiking distance in the beautiful nature of Landmannalaugar will be approximately 8-10 km.
If time and weather conditions permit- we will climb on Bláhnúkur. This 60,000 years old volcano with panoramic views over Landmannalaugar Valley is the ultimate addition to this great tour.
Afterward, you can enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural hot pool, where hot and cold water flows out from beneath Laugahraun, so please remember to take swimwear and a towel with you. While relaxing in the very well known natural hot pool you can enjoy the spectacular view of Landmannalaugar, truly a phenomenal place!
NOTE: If you require pick up then please check which pick up points are available for this tour, the tour also offers the option of meeting us on location in Landmannalaugar.
Book now to see one of the world's most beautiful locations. You can check the availability by choosing a date.
- Available: Jun. - Sep.
- Duration: 14 hours
- Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Minimum age: 10 years old
- Languages: English
Landmannalaugar ("The people's pools") is a vast area of stunning and unique beauty, the true heart of Iceland's southern Highlands.
Landmannalaugar is a truly rare area, both geologically and aesthetically. The area can be found nestled beside the raven-black Laugahraun lava field, a sweeping expanse of dried magma which originally formed in 1477. Landmannalaugar itself is made up of windswept rhyolite mountains, a rock type that creates a full spectrum of dazzling colour on the mountainside. Shades of red, pink, green and golden yellow all change their tone, keeping in movement with the sun rays and creating an area of wilderness that resembles no place else on earth.
Landmannalaugar is primarily known for its natural geothermal baths, hence its name "The People's Pools". For centuries, Landmannalaugar has served as an area of shelter and respite for weary travellers who use these soothing springs as a means to relax after tiring excursions. Today, visitors to the highlands should always bring a swimsuit and towel, just in case one of these naturally occurring hot pools should crop up along the hiking trail.
The area marks the northern end of the Laugavegur, one of Iceland's most popular hiking trails. It is also home to many other notable trails, however, including the path onto the mighty Mt. Brennisteinsalda ("Sulphur Wave"). Visitors can also traverse the trail up the Bláhnjúkur ("Blue Peak") volcano, whose summit allows for a sweeping view of up to five glaciers on clear days.
Multiple operators run daily tours to Landmannalaugar from mid-June to mid-September, during which time The Icelandic Touring Association operates a small shop, three camp sites and a mountain hut equipped with sleeping bags and accommodation for up to 80 visitors.
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The stratovolcano Hekla in the south of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the island's most famous and active volcanoes, with over 20 eruptions since settlement.
Hekla is part of a 40 kilometers long volcanic ridge but the most active part is the fissure Heklugja, considered the volcano proper. Hekla has produced one of the largest amounts of lava of any volcano in the world. Last time Hekla erupted was in 2000.
In the Middle Ages Hekla was considered to be the gateway to Hell, and it continues to inspire. It’s referenced in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, poet and artist William Blake banishes Winter to Hekla in his poem Winter and Icelandic composer Jon Leifs, inspired by Hekla’s power, composed one of the loudest pieces of classical music ever, Hekla Op 52.
Travelers from all over seek out Hekla and it is a popular hiking place. In addition to hiking you can ski there in the spring, summer offers easy mountaineering routes and you can snowmobile to the top in winter.
Brennisteinsalda (ca. 855 m) is a volcano in the area of Landmannalaugar National Park, in the south highlands of Iceland.
Brennisteinsalda is a highly colourful mountain, coloured by suplhur (wherefrom it gets is name, 'Sulphur Wave'), blue and black lava and ashes, green mosses and red iron. In front of the mountain is an obsidian lava field.
The popular Laugavegur hiking trail passes Brennisteinsalda and nearby is the Blahnukur volcano.
Starting time : 07:00
Small group guarantee
Guided hiking tour in Landmannalaugar
Bathing in a natural hotel pool
Food & drinks
Transport to/from Reykjavík (can be purchased as an extra)
What to bring:
Warm clothing and outerwear suitable for rainy and/or chilly weather
Sturdy shoes for hiking
Bathing suit & towel
Good to know:
If you purchase the pick up service then the pick up times and places are as follows:
7:00 from Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut
7:15 from Ráðhúsið (City Hall) on Vonarstræti – in front of the Reykjavik Tourist Information Center
7:30 from Hallgrímskirkja Church – bus pick up/drop off nr. 9
7:30 from Reykjavík Campsite in Front of Reykjavik City Hostel
8:35 from Selfoss N1 Gas Station
9:15 from Hella Bus Stop
If you did not purchase the pick up then the meeting point is at 12:00 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
This was a fantastic hiking experience. The place was beautiful, unlike anywhere else we have seen. However, The bus was more than 30min late at pick up, and the tour does NOT include lunch.
The hike was beautiful and one of the coolest places I visited while in Iceland. The colors and terrain are incredibly unique. I would recommend doing the hike later I'm the summer to allow more snow to melt away. The tour itself I don't believe is worth it. It says "small group guarantee", however our group was 19 people for one guide.. not exactly small. The guide himself was great and answered any questions we had, but didn't share much info otherwise. That being said I could have missed something being at the back of the long line. I highly recommend the hike, but would look at booking your own bus ride and doing the hike on your own time. You could easily spend all day exploring the area and with the tour, you're limited by the clock.
The hike was beautiful. Probably my favorite place in Iceland. I'm not sure if the guided tour is worth the money tho. There are busses that leads you to landmannalauga and you can hike on your own without someone leading you. Background information are not the most interesting, as all they can say is that everything is made and formed by vulcano eruptions. The hot bath was crowded and not as hot/comfortable as others that I experienced (Temperature can change tho). I'd say: Book a bus and explore on your own. That's so much cheaper. There were people sitting in the same bus with us, doing the same hikes, swimming in the same hot tub just without the guide.