Landmannalaugar | The Pearl of the Highlands
We depart for a day in Landmannalaugar early in the morning and stop briefly in three villages on the South coast to pick up passengers. Landmannalaugar is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Iceland because of its unique and magnificent landscapes and a natural geothermal pool. We drive by the roots of Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano and stop for six hours in Landmannalaugar that gives six hours to hike and take a rewarding bath in the natural geothermal river. Hiking maps are sold on the bus. Remember to bring your bathing suit and a towel. Recommended to bring a lunch pack but some refreshments can be bought at the Mountain Mall café that is operated in old school buses on the site.
Highlights of this tour:
• Drive by the roots of Mt. Hekla and its lava fields
• Six-hour free time for hiking in the Landmannalaugar area
• Option to take a bath in a geothermal river – fee for facilities ISK 500 is not included
Departures: 07:30 AM every day in summer. Return to Reykjavík around 22:00
Option to embark the bus in “Selfoss” or “Hella” where it is ideal to park rental cars for free.
Fall in love with this pearl of the highlands. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: Jun. - Sep.
- Duration: 15 hours
- Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
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.
Departure time : 07:30
Harpa Concert Hall at 07:30 or Reykjavík Campsite at 07:10
What to bring:
Dress in laeyrs and wear good used walking shoes. Bring a lunch pack with you, swimsuit and a towel.
Good to know:
This is a self-guided tour - Hiking maps are sold on the bus.