Small-Group 11-Hour Landmannalaugar Tour with Waterfalls, Hiking, Hot Spring Bathing, and Reykjavik

People bathe in the warm geothermal waters of a natural hot pool at Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic Highlands.
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Reykjavík, Iceland
11 hours
June. - Oct.
Minimum age
10 years old


Discover the breathtaking beauty of the Icelandic Highlands on this full-day small-group summer tour from Reykjavik. Adventurous travelers keen to see pristine waterfalls, explore one of the country’s top hiking destinations, and relax in a natural geothermal pool should book this tour now.

This exciting excursion begins with a pick-up from Reykjavik. The driver will meet you at a bus stop near your accommodation. When everyone is on the bus, it’s time to begin the scenic drive toward the Icelandic Highlands.

The day’s first stop is at the Hjalparfoss waterfall, a picturesque pair of cascades joining at the base and falling into a large plunge pool. The setting is gorgeous, with striking basalt rock formations surrounding the falls and mountains towering beyond.

Hjalp, the name of the surrounding area, translates to “help.” This lush green setting was a welcome reprieve when people traveled on horseback across harsh terrain from North to South Iceland. Here their horses could graze after a long and challenging journey.

Your next stop is the day’s highlight, the Landmannalaugar mountain range in the Icelandic Highlands. Landmannalaugar is part of the Fridland ad Fjallabaki nature reserve, known for its lava fields and colorful rhyolite mountains.

You’ll spend over three hours exploring the fascinating landscapes of Landmannalaugar. A volcanic eruption in 1477 formed the Laugahraun lava field, now characterized by a vast area of jagged black obsidian. Make sure your camera is ready to capture images of this otherworldly terrain.

During your time in Landmannalaugar, you can explore the area alone or join a two-hour guided hike. The guide will lead you through the Laugahraun lava field to Brennisteinsalda, known as the “Sulphur Wave.”

Brennisteinsalda is an excellent example of the vibrant landscape Landmannalaugar is known for. Minerals such as iron and sulfur add splashes of color to the mountains, creating a picture-perfect setting.

If you join the two-hour hike, you’ll still have plenty of time to relax in the natural geothermal pool at Landmannalaugar. Hot spring bathing is a favorite Icelandic pastime and the perfect rejuvenation for your muscles after hiking. As you soak in the warm thermal waters, take another opportunity to appreciate the awe-inspiring mountain views surrounding you.

After enjoying the magnificent setting at Landmannalaugar, your driver will take you to Sigoldugljufur, The Valley of Tears. This stunning location is a hidden gem and a photographer’s dream. 

Marvel at the cliffs with multiple small waterfalls cascading into a turquoise-colored river below. As you take in the incredible panoramic vistas, you’ll feel like you’ve entered a fairytale.

After an unforgettable day, your driver will take you back to the bus stop where your journey began.

Don’t miss the chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Icelandic Highlands with this epic full-day sightseeing tour, including hiking and hot spring bathing. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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English-speaking guide
Two-hour guided hiking at Landmannalaugar
Bathing in a natural hot pool
Landmannalaugar facility fee
Reykjavik transfers
Free Wi-Fi in the bus
Small-group experience (maximum 18 people)


Hot Spring Bathing

What to bring

Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
Hat and gloves or mittens
Sturdy shoes
Day pack
Water bottle
Bathing suit and towel
Packed lunch if you wish (or, a food stop will be made on the way to Landmannalaugar)

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