Landmannalaugar with its colorful mountains
Landmannalaugar Iceland is a geothermal wonderland with soothing hot springs, soft caramel, and brightly colored peaks, steam rising from the ground, clear blue lakes and hot pools. Landmannalaugar means the peoples’ pools.
Challenge yourself with a Hike through the rugged and colorful mountains to experience the sheer vastness of this raw and absolutely magnificent place. A one hour hike across the Laugahraun lava field to Mount Brennisteinsalda, a three day ‘Pearl of the Highland‘ trek or something in between? The choice is yours to make – this really is a wild place, true outback territory is all around you – so maybe hiking with a guide will be best?
A Landmannalaugar Day Tour from Reykjavík is a fabulous experience, which will give you some seriously good hiking time up in the mountains. This adventure will take you across the Laugahraun lava field, through the magnificent Vondugil canyon before heading up to Mount Brennisteinsalda. Your route down from the mountain will take you to Grænagil, meaning ‘Green Gorge´ in English, not surprisingly, the dominant color of the rhyolite here is green! If the weather is fine you will even have the chance to go to the summit of Blahnukur Volcano before returning to Landmannalaugar. Be sure to make the most of your opportunity to bathe in the hot pool and soothe those tired muscles. Take your time and linger, take in the sheer splendor which is all around you.
In summer there is a campsite in the Landmannalaugar Valley. There is also a Touring Association hut which can sleep 75 people. It is important to book your accommodation in advance. Between June and August, a shop selling drinks and basic provisions operates from a 1970s bus. There are shower and toilet facilities. Arctic char fishing is available in the lakes and horse riding tours are available.
Where is Landmannalaugar located?
Landmannalaugar is in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Icelandic Highlands 188 km from Reykjavík. The distance from Selfoss/Hveragerði is 144 km/150 km. Part of the journey is on mountain roads, so an appropriately insured 4×4 vehicle is required. A few options are hot spring pool bathing, hiking into the colorful mountains, the Laugavegur trail which starts here, a Landmannalaugar hiking or Laugavegur trekking tour.