Landmannalaugar Day Tour | The Pearl of the Highlands

Landmannalaugar Day Tour | The Pearl of the Highlands
Hiking through the Icelandic Highlands gives one a unique sense of tranquility and nature-appreciation.
The Landmannalaugar region in the Highlands of Iceland are dotted with rhyolite mountains and beautiful glacier rivers.
Hikers stay in mountain huts when travelling through the Highlands of Iceland.
When the skies are clear, the rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic Highlands create a stunning contrast with the blue skies above.
Camping in the Highlands of Iceland is a unique experience that everyone should partake in at least once in their life.
This old mountain hut in the Highlands of Iceland has a stone-laid structural base, same as the traditional turf houses that the natives used to built hundreds of years ago.
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Visit the wilderness of Iceland and join this tour of hiking and bathing in a geothermal hot spring in the desolate Highlands. If you want the chance of witnessing the rhyolite mountains of Landmannalaugar on a day tour departing from Reykjavík, this trip is your perfect bet. 

You set out from Reykjavík early in the morning and begin your drive along the South Coast, stopping briefly in a few villages to pick up the rest of your travel companions. Your expert local guide will inform you of the highlights of your scenic route on the way, answering all enquiries you might have of your surroundings. 

You’ll be driving through lava fields and by the roots of Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland’s most infamous volcanoes with the reputation of being the gateway to hell itself. As you come closer to the Highlands, prepare to see the scenery around you change and gain an otherworldly appearance. 

Once you reach Landmannalaugar, you will immediately understand why the area is called the Pearl of the Highlands. This stunning valley sits at the edge of the lava field Laugahraun and is part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. 

Every year, hikers from all over the world flock to this area for its kaleidoscopic landscapes, consisting of rhyolite mountains streaked with permanent patches of snow, cut by rumbling rivers and dotted with steaming hot springs.

You will have plenty of time to embark on hikes through this magnificent area, choosing from paths that lead you to the sulphur-volcano Mt. Brennisteinsalda, the ash-stricken Mt. Bláhnjúkur, or the milk-coloured Ljótipollur crater lake. 

After your personalised and unforgettable hiking experience, you can bathe in the natural hot springs by the campsite, submerging yourself in the healing waters of the Earth, before heading back to your transportation and making your way to Reykjavík City. 

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity of visiting the wonders of the Icelandic Highlands, during a single day tour departing from the capital. Check availability by choosing a date.  

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 15 hours
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Highlands, Landmannalaugar, Hekla, Fjallabak, Bláhnjúkur, Brennisteinsalda, Ljótipollur
Pickup information:
    Harpa concert hall at 7:15, Reykjavik camp site at 7:30, Hveragerði info center and camp site at 07:55, Selfoss at N1 gas station and campsite at 08:15, Hella at 09:00.
    You can choose the pick-up location which suits you best. Please be at the pick-up location 10 minutes before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
    • Transportation to Landmannalaugar

    • Hot spring facility fee

    • Meals

    What to bring:
    • Warm clothes with layers

    • Good hiking shoes

    • Swimsuit & towel

    • Lunchpack

    • Camera

    Good to know:

    This is a self-guided tour, meaning you will be taken to the location but then you choose your own route. You'll have six hours to explore the area fully; hiking maps are sold on the bus.

    Bathing in the hot springs is free, but there is a fee of 500 ISK for the facilities.

    It comes recommended that you bring lunch or snacks with you, but there is a shop by the campsite.

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    Amazing trip ! Very very intense Wonderfull views and total freedom
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    I liked that we were given plenty of free time to explore the area. Maybe some more guidance would have been useful (which trails are more recommended etc.)
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    It's a bus that takes you there and brings you back, not a tour. Nice nature but really cold and windy, stay warm.
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