Four-Day Trek to Landmannalaugar | Backroad Highland Adventure

Four-Day Trek to Landmannalaugar | Backroad Highland Adventure
Mossy lava fields that cover much of Iceland make for a haunting yet captivating atmosphere.
Dramatic valleys break up the rhyolite mountains throughout Landmannalaugar.
The highland route to Landmannalaugar requires river crossings.
Landmannalaugar is best renowned for its hot spring bathing and rhyolite mountains.
At Landmannalaugar, black ash meets white snow, green moss, and yellow mountains.
Lesser-known hiking trails will bring you to Highland waterfalls that few know of, but are just as impressive as the famous ones on the South Coast and Golden Circle.

Hike to the hot springs of the world-renowned Landmannalaugar area with this unique and exciting four-day hiking tour. If you are an ambitious hiker seeking to fully immerse yourself in the unspoilt Highlands of Iceland, this adventure is perfect for you.

You will meet the rest of your group at the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavík, where you will be picked up and taken straight to the Highlands. Your first day will be spent at the beautiful lake Álftavatn, otherwise known as ‘Swan Lake’, where you can spend a few hours admiring the birdlife and incredible scenery. You will spend your first night in a mountain hut on the lake’s shore.

On the second day, you will start your hiking adventure properly, heading to the verdant hills of Ljósártungur. This area is a geothermal hot-spot, and veined with trickling streams and rushing rivers, some of which you will be crossing. The landscapes around you are dominated by colourful rhyolite mountains and the table-top mountain Laufafell. You will no doubt be awestruck by the surrounding beauty until you cross the river Markarfljót, the other side of which you will find your hut.

Day three will take you to Iceland’s most loved Highland region, Landmannalaugar. You will approach it through the Reykjadalur valley, known for its many hot springs and steaming vents. This valley runs by the Hrafntinnuhraun lava field, a dramatic stretch of course lava, providing a wonderful diversity of scenery. 

After climbing through the geothermal area of Dalamót, you will reach some incredible canyons, collectively called Vondugil, which sit in the shadows of two beautiful peaks, Suðurnámur and Brennisteinsalda. Finally, you will cross the Laugahraun lava field to reach the Landmannalaugar hut. This hut is right beside a natural pool, where you can ease away the tension built from the hike.

On your final morning, you are welcome to explore the surrounding area. There are hikes, for example, up the mountains Bláhnúkur and Brennisteinsalda, but you can also bask in the pool until it is time to leave if you prefer. In the early afternoon, you will return to the bus for a scenic drive back to Reykjavík. 

Avid hikers should not miss out on this tour. Explore the Highlands and Landmannalaugar region in a unique and immersive way. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Sep.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Highlands, Landmannalaugar, Álftavatn, Reykjadalur, Bláhnjúkur, Brennisteinsalda
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 06:50

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.
  • Guide during the trek, food for 4 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4)

  • Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts

  • Bus from Reykjavík to Álftavatn and from Landmannalaugar to Reykjavík

  • Cooking gear

  • Transfer of luggage

  • Sleeping bag (can be added for 6850 ISK)

What to bring:
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.

  • Thermal underwear, light fleece/wool layers

  • Soft-shell trousers or similar

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Gloves, hats, warm socks

  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts.

  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day.

  • Sturdy shoes for crossing rivers (sandals or old trainers, not flip-flops)

  • Light Sleeping bag

  • Towel

  • Sunglasses & sun protection. 

  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Toiletries

  • Walking pole, camera, dry bag (optional)

Good to know:

You may add a pick-up from your hotel to the BSI Bus Terminal for an additional 5000 ISK. Be sure to specify when booking.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavik to Alftavatn

A hiking group in the highlands on the edge of Áltavatn, the Swan Lake.

Day one begins at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavík where you will meet the rest of your group. It is possible to arrange a lift to this location if that is more convenient. Once everyone is together, you will take a bus to Áltavatn, otherwise known as 'Swan Lake', in the Highlands.

You will spend your day here, enjoying the natural scenery and wealth of birdlife. On the shores of a lake is a mountain hut where you will be spending your evening.

Day 2 - Alftavatn to Dalakofinn

The highlands are a world of colour, and ever changing.

On day two, you hike away from Áltavatn, to the grassy, rolling hills of Ljósártungur. The path takes you through a beautiful geothermal area, with hot springs and steaming vents nestled in little gullies. Rivers and streams criss-cross through this area, and you will be required to cross several of them.

Peaks will surround you, but the horizon will be dominated by the table-top mountain Laufafell. You will walk alongside it until you reach the river Markarfljót. After crossing it, you will arrive at a hut called Dalakofinn, where you will spend your evening.

Day 3 - Dalakofinn to Landmannalaugar

Many contrasting landscapes meet at Landmannalaugar in the Highlands.

You will leave Dalakofinn in the morning, and head down the geothermal Reykjadalur valley. Your hike will take you adjacent to the Hrafntinnuhraun lava field, known for its coarse stretches of obsidian.

You will then enter Dalamót, another geothermal area, before descending into the Vondugil canyons. This part of your hike will be in the shadow of two peaks, Suðurnámur and Brennisteinsalda. You will then cross the Laugahraun lava field, and find yourself in the renowned highland region of Landmannalaugar.

Once you reach your hut, you can have a well-deserved rest, either in bed or in a nearby natural hot spring.

Day 4 - Landmannalaugar to Reykjavik

Being in the central highlands of Iceland makes one feel alone in the world and on top of it.

Your fourth and final day will be spent mainly in Landmannalaugar, and you will have the freedom to decide what to do with it.

If you still have energy left to hike, treks up the mountains Bláhnúkur and Brennisteinsalda will reward you with some incredible views. Otherwise, you can return to the hot spring, and bask in its healing waters until the early afternoon.

At this time, your bus will arrive, and you will return to Reykjavík City in the evening.

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