Three-Day Trek to Landmannalaugar | Backroad Highland Adventure

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BSI Bus Terminal at 07:30
3 days
Minimum age:
16 years old

Hike to the hot springs of the world-renowned Landmannalaugar area with this unique and exciting three-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 Landmannalaugar where you will take a late bus 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.


Experienced and qualified guide
Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
Transport at the beginning and end of trek
Breakfast (2), Lunch (3), Dinner (2)
Transfer of luggage


Hot Spring Bathing



Daily itinerary

Day 1
A hiking group in the highlands on the edge of Áltavatn, the Swan Lake.

Reykjavik to Alftavatn

Day one begins at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavík where you will meet the rest of your group. 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
The highlands are a world of colour, and ever changing.

Alftavatn to Dalakofinn

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
Many contrasting landscapes meet at Landmannalaugar in the Highlands.

Dalakofinn to Landmannalaugar

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.

From Landmannalaugar you will take a late bus back to Reykjavík

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
Sunglasses & sun protection. 
Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
Personal first aid kit
Walking pole, camera, dry bag (optional)

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