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Iceland: Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience

1. Iceland: Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience

Enjoy a day tour to the Southern Highland of Fjallabak to explore the wonders of Iceland's Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area. Dive into a bubbling wonderland with caramel colored peaks, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear blue lakes.  Landmannalaugar, together with Hekla, an active volcano in its neighborhood, is one of Iceland's most unique destinations and a must for all who love to explore the beauty of nature. Discover one of the most active geothermal areas flanked by rhyolite mountains and steaming hot springs. Start the day with lunch and set off on a 4-hour hike through the sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, Vondugil Canyon and up to the summit of the colorful mountain of Brennisteinsalda with its steaming vents and Sulphur deposits. Descend through the Grænagil canyon, carved as a result of geodynamic activity of mountains, volcanoes and glacial rivers. If time and weather conditions allow, climb Bláhnúkur, a circa 60,000-year-old volcano with panoramic views of the Landmannalaugar Valley.  Have a bath in a natural hot pool, where both hot and cold water flow out from beneath Laugahraun, mixing together and forming the perfect bathing conditions. Remember to take your swimwear and a towel with you.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Hiking and Hot Springs

2. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Hiking and Hot Springs

Journey through the beautiful countryside of Southern Iceland and into the highlands through Þjórsárdalur valley and visit Hjálparfoss waterfall. Depart from Reykjavik and head to the Landmannalaugar geothermal area often referred to as “The Pearl of the Central Highlands.” Landmannalaugar’s colorful mountains are formed by centuries of volcanic activity in the area and the picturesque natural landscape in this raw climate is simply breathtaking. Enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural warm pool which was created by the combination of the area's hot and cold springs, or take a leisurely hike in the surrounding rhyolite mountain paths. Your tour continues west and past Iceland’s most infamous and active volcano, Hekla, which was believed to be the gateway to hell during the Middle Ages. After exploring Iceland's unique volcanic landscapes, return to Reykjavík over Hellisheiði Mountain heath.

Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

3. Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

Your day of adventure will begin as you are collected from your Reykjavik hotel at 8:30AM. From here you will climb into your fully-equipped super jeep, specifically designed to navigate the rugged terrain of Iceland's wilderness. You will first travel to Thjórsárdalur, a green valley dotted with rivers, waterfalls, lava fields, and birch woods. Whilst here you will explore the two-tiered Hjálparfoss Waterfall, where you will be able to walk down an easy path to see the plunge pool, which is framed by lava structures and basalt formations. The tour's next stop is a deep blue crater lake called Hnausapollur, which makes for surreal photos. From here you will continue to Frostastadavatn, another lake with lava flows that plunge directly into the water. At Landmannalaugar you will be able to see the black lava flows running through the multicolored cryolite mountains. You can take the walking path to the Brennisteinsfjöll Volcano, special for its vibrant color scheme of dark lava fields, yellow sulfide, and green lichens. Following your hike, you will take a relaxing hot bath in the natural pool at the foot of the Laugahraun lava field. Your last stops are Haifoss, Iceland's third-highest waterfall, and Lake Ljótipollur, which is surrounded by dark-red crater walls. You will later return to Reykjavik for drop-off at the conclusion of your tour.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Hiking Small Group Day Trip

4. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Hiking Small Group Day Trip

Landmannaluagar is located in the heart of the Icelandic highlands. It is well known for its spectacular hiking trails, rhyolite mountains, and the geothermal hot spring. Landmannalaugar is a truly rare area, both geologically and aesthetically. The dramatic region can be found nestled beside the raven-black Laugahraun lava field, a sweeping expanse of dried magma that originally formed in an eruption in 1477. Háifoss Our first stop will be one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. Háifoss or "The tall waterfall" is 122m high and located at the Fossá river. Next to Háifoss, you will find Granni (neighbor) and together they make for one of the most beautiful sights in Iceland. Sigöldugljufur "The valley of Tears" is truly one of the hidden gems you should not miss when you visit Iceland. Numerous waterfalls run down into a canyon filled with blue water. The area around it looks like the moon and vegetation is quite rare. Interestingly, Sigöldugljúfur was not always a canyon; it was once filled with the water from the Tungnaá river, before the installment of the Sigala hydroelectric station which changed the geography of the area. Bláhylur Bláhylur or Hnausapollur was formed in 871, about 1200 years ago, in a massive volcanic activity that occurred in both Bárðabunga and Torfajökuill calderas simultaneously. It is a famous eruption because it transformed a large part of the highland and happened at the same time as the beginning of the settlement of Iceland. Landmannlaugar Landmannalaugar, or the 'People's Pools', is a vast area of stunning and unique beauty in the heart of Iceland's southern Highlands. Throughout the summer, it is one of the most popular places for hiking -- either over one day or several -- and for natural hot spring bathing. Landmannalaugar itself is made up of windswept rhyolite mountains, a rock type that creates a full spectrum of dazzling colors. Shades of red, pink, green, blue, and golden yellow make for an ethereal location. We will take you on a 2-3h moderate hike to a viewpoint where you will have a spectacular view over the whole area.

Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Hekla Private Super Jeep Tour

5. Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Hekla Private Super Jeep Tour

Explore the lava fields, explosive volcanic craters, glacial waterfalls, and bubbling hot springs of Landmannalaugar and Hekla on this 10-hour tour by Jeep. The tour kicks off in Reykjavik, where you will climb aboard a special Mountain Taxi Super Jeep. First, hit the fertile farmland in the south, before moving on to epic views of the snow-covered peak of Hekla, Iceland’s most famous active volcano. While Hekla is fairly dormant these days, its last eruption was little over 10 years ago in February of 2000. Since the country was settled in the 9th century, the volcano has erupted about 20 times, often with devastating effects. Hekla was notorious in Medieval Europe when it was believed to be the entrance to hell. The contrasts in landscape are extreme, and the lava and vegetation, shaped by the forces of erosion, make for a spectacular setting. Drive straight up to the edge of the youngest lava field, formed during the 2000 eruption. If the weather allows, you will also drive along the volcano’s ridge, almost 3,000 feet (900 meters) above sea level. You will be rewarded with awesome views if the weather is clear. At the base of the volcano, drive through intensely rugged mountain terrain, and past lava fields and exploding craters. Steering into interior Iceland, swing by the crater of Ljótipollur, before a coffee and lunch break in the stunning Landmannalaugar area. Here, you will have the opportunity to go for a 1-2 hour hike through the lava fields or dive into the natural hot geothermal pools. Back on the road, head down the Þjórsárdalur. Your last stop is the Hjálparfoss Waterfall, where you can admire the cascades into the confluence of the rivers Fossá and Þjórsá, before returning to Reykjavik.

Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

6. Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of Iceland on a Jeep tour to Landmannalaugar, known for its rugged landscape, magnificent colors, clear rivers and bubbling hot springs. Make your way to the crater lake of Ljótipollur, one of Landmannalaugar's most spectacular spots. Gaze in awe at the turquoise water set against the red slopes of the coastal hills. Get the chance to go for a dip in the geothermal pool, or set off on an energizing hike through the lava fields, if you prefer. Next, head towards the active volcano of Hekla – known as the Queen of all the volcanoes in Iceland – and reach an altitude of up to 900 meters, when conditions allow. Take some time to appreciate the panoramic vistas that can extend for up to 100 kilometers in all directions and includes 7 glaciers when visibility allows.

From Reykjavik: Private Landmannalaugar Day Trip

7. From Reykjavik: Private Landmannalaugar Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Landmannalaugar, more commonly referred to as the 'People's Pools', on this private day trip from Reykjavik. Immerse yourself in the area's renowned geology and beauty and see for yourself why Landmannalaugar is one of musician Björk's favorite places to visit. After getting picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik, travel along the breathtaking Highland Road to reach the colorful Landmannalaugar. Here, admire the unique mountains with shades of red, pink, green, blue, and golden yellow. Upon arrival, enjoy a bike ride through the Jökulgil valley. See caves, lava, and volcanic craters. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this natural wonder and witness geothermal activity up close. Don't forget your swimwear if you fancy a dip in one of the area's many geothermal pools. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.

Laugavegur Photography Jeep Tour

8. Laugavegur Photography Jeep Tour

The focus of this tour is on giving you the time to explore the landscape through your lens, visiting various locations in Iceland's highlands to give you diverse range of stunning photo opportunities. To start thee Super Jeep Photography tour, you'll head toward the legendary Hekla volcano or, the Gateway to Hell, as it is sometimes called. From there, continue onward through Dómadalur valley, which leads to Frostastaðavatn and Ljótipollur, lakes. Only a few minutes away is one of the most picturesque stops, Landmannalaugar. This area is one of Iceland’s secret gems with its colorful rhyolite mountains and its geothermal bathing pool bordered by steep black lava fields. After a substantial stop jump back into your super jeep and head to the famous Laugavegur trail. Drive down Reykjadalir valley with its interesting geothermal area. From here you'll see the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers emerge. That's a stunning view that you don't want to miss! As you get closer to Road 1 you'll see yet another change in the landscape, as big ice caps come into view as you arrive at Emstrur hut. These magnificent ice sheets offer the perfect panorama. Hopefully as the journey draws to an end you will still have some space left on your memory cards to take your final pictures of Eyjafjallajökull and Þórsmörk valley as seen from the west side of Markarfljótsgljúfur. 

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour in a Super Jeep

9. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour in a Super Jeep

Journey off the beaten track on a special private jeep tour to the Icelandic Highlands. Discover various waterfalls, see one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, and marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of colorful mountains and hot steaming rivers in Landmannalaugar. After pickup from your accommodation in Reykjavik, set off on your adventure with a certified driver-guide. Throughout your tour, drive on gravel, bumpy F-roads, and across rivers in a modified jeep to access places buses cannot reach, and enjoy the extra time to appreciate Iceland's spectacular nature in your exclusive vehicle. Before venturing into the Icelandic Highlands, stop to admire Hjalparfoss, a charming double waterfall, and then discover Gjain, a spectacular secluded green valley with numerous rivers and streams that could belong to a fairy tale. Next, visit the stunning Haifoss — the High Waterfall — an impressive waterfall that drops 122 meters (400 feet) down a 2-million-year-old cliff in a magnificent gorge. Continue your tour to the Icelandic Highlands by driving toward Landmannalaugar, the highlight of the day, and admire the ever-changing landscape through the windows of your comfortable jeep. Upon arrival in Landmannalaugar, find a camping site with a small cafe where you can purchase drinks, coffee, and some snacks. From the campsite, hike along the easy paths to explore the mountains with their amazing colors, as well as the nearby lava formations. Delight in a relaxing bath in the main attraction of the area, a natural hot river. Don't forget your swimsuit and a towel! On your way back to Reykjavik, take a slightly different road, cross a few more rivers, and drive close to Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. Throughout the day, your driver will make extra stops and breaks for you to enjoy the tour in comfort. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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What people are saying about Landmannalaugar

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 397 reviews

I loved this trip! We had a wonderful guide, (sorry, I forgot his name but he was from Croatia and it began with V) we left from reykjavik and he was very informative with lots of info about the area! He was extremely friendly and very helpful, a great guide! The trip itself was lovely, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be and the scenery is absolutely beautiful. If you come to Iceland during the warmer months this is absolutely a place you need to go! The hot springs were very nice, just be aware the changing area is a several meters from the river so you will have to plan how to move. Also, I find with this website/tour operator the pick up times are extremely confusing as they have different times noted down. Either the tour need to specify this or be prepared to get there early because it’s really confusing. This is the only negative, other than that, the tour was amazing!

A lovely hike; some great views and landscapes, and the thermal pool at the end is beautiful -- so much wilder than city baths. The view from the highest point on the hike is outstanding. Vjeran was a superb guide; very attentive and helpful. It makes all the difference on these kinds of event when your guide so obviously cares about making sure every single person in the party has as good a time as possible. I'd recommend this to anyone.

The landmannalauger trip was my favourite, the mountains are beautiful, the gorge with all the waterfalls was spectacular and the natural hot spring was another highlight of my Iceland trip. I wish there was more time to hike in the mountains and swim in the spring. We had to cut our hike short as otherwise we would not have had enough time to enjoy the water. I would love to come back to visit again!

Landmannalaugar is simply breathtaking! In hindsight, I think this tour was the most beautiful of all I've done. We were a lot of people, but if you walk a little slower at the beginning, you get out of the group. The landscape completely enchanted me, as did the places that we visited afterwards with our guide. The day was absolutely perfect! Thanks very much

Everything was great about the tour. The staff were very friendly and the tour was amazing. Highly recommended!