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3-Day Hiking Tour: Landmannalaugar, Thorsmork & Sólheimajökull Glacier

Explore Hot Springs, Mountains, Glaciers & Volcanoes

Thrilling tour of the Icelandic Highlands' most magnificent attractions!

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Journey through the wild beauty of the Icelandic Highlands on a thrilling multi-day tour! Our 3-day trek package includes three hiking experiences and charming accommodations in Hella Iceland. Witness volcanoes, nature reserves, hot springs, glaciers and more. The ultimate excursion for nature lovers and hikers!

  • Availability

    Jun. - Sept.

  • Duration

    3 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    14 years

  • Ratio

    1:16

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

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Tour highlights
Fjallabak Nature Reserve
Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
View of Hekla Volcano
Dip in natural hot spring
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Thorsmork Nature Reserve
Magni and Modi Volcanic Craters
Super Jeep Ride
Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull Glacier
Skogafoss Waterfall
Included
Transport to & from Reykjavík
An Experienced Hiking Guide
Access to Hot Spring
Hotel Accommodation (2 Nights), Breakfast Included
Crampons, Harness, Helmet & Ice Axe

Trek across stunning geothermal landscapes on our Landmannalaugar day hike before taking a dip in the mountain’s natural hot springs. The Thorsmork hike will introduce you to the region’s multicolored mountains, glacial terrain, and wide volcanic craters. Our adventures through the highlands are followed by the Sólheimajökull Glacier hike, where we will experience breathtaking icy formations. Soak up magnificent views of the South Coast on our ride back to Reykjavik!

Not included: Meals (outside of included breakfast)

Pickup: Pickup starts early in the morning on the first day of the tour.  Please check your confirmation ticket for the exact time. If you are staying in downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

-In between tours we’ll pick you up and drop you off at Hella bus stop

Drop Off: Drop-off will be between 8:30-9:00 pm (20:30-21:00) at your original pick-up point in Reykjavik.

Remember to bring: Warm undergarments (fleece/wool), layers, socks, a change of clothing and hiking boots. We also highly recommend you pack a bathing suit and towel

for the hot spring bathing. As meals are not included, customers should pack food, snacks and a water bottle for excursions.

If you don’t own all the suggested clothing, don’t worry. You can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jackets and pants during the booking process.

Day 1: The Landmannalaugar Hike

Rhyolite volcanic Landmannalaugar mountains in Iceland

Today’s Ring Road adventure leads you into the volcanic mountain range of Landmannalaugar. We leave the beaten path and head deep into the heart of the Icelandic Highlands. On the way, we pass by the infamous Hekla Volcano and the surreal lava landscapes.

Without a doubt, one of the most unusual attractions in Iceland, this Mars-like region is a must-see sight. Landmannalaugar basecamp is housed in Fjallabak Nature Reserve, right in the center of the Highland region. The geothermal valley is surrounded by vividly colored rhyolite mountains and bubbling hot springs.

The coal-colored lava fields, colorful mountains, and calm lakes and streams offer the ideal atmosphere to escape into nature. We will take a brief rest at the reserve basecamp, for a toilet break and a bite to eat before setting off.

Our 4-hour (approx. 9 km) Landmannalaugar hiking day tour begins at the immense Laugahraun Lava Fields and through Vondugil Canyon. A vast field of dried lava, Laugahraun formed during an eruption in 1477 CE.

The summit part of our trek leads us up Brennisteinsalda, a multicolored volcanic mountain. Nicknamed the “Sulphur Wave,” the ridge is coated in blue and black ash, green moss and red iron.

Our descent takes us through the bright green Graenagil Canyon, formed by the geodynamic activity of glacial rivers and volcanoes. If weather and time allow it, we will hike along Blahnukur, an approximately 60-000-year-old volcano. A famous hiking location, from the summit you can spot five different glaciers.

Back at basecamp, our day ends with a relaxing swim in a natural hot spring. You won’t want to forget your swimwear and a towel! Our evening will be spent at our charming Hella accommodation.

Day Highlights
Fjallabak Nature Reserve
Laugahraun Lava Fields
Vondugil Canyon
Brennisteinsalda Mountain
Graenagil Canyon
Blahnukur Volcano

Day 2: Thórsmörk Volcano Hike

Mountains of Landmannalaugar in Fjallabak Nature Reserve

Our day begins with a picturesque ride along the South Coast to the Thorsmork Valley. 

Thorsmork Nature Reserve is nestled below the majestic Eyjafjallajokull Volcano and Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Another region of the Icelandic Highlands, Thorsmork is worlds apart from Landmannalaugar. This unique area offers contrasting landscapes where visitors can witness rugged wilderness, tall birch trees, lush mosses, glacial rivers, ice-capped mountains, and volcanic craters.

To reach today’s hiking Basar Cabin (basecamp), your guide will have to transport the group in a modified 4×4 Super Jeep across some glacial rivers.

From basecamp, we will set off on our 6-8 hour Thorsmork volcano hike up Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass. During this incredible 16-km trek, we will pass breathtaking nature views of the valley.

Our hiking attractions of the day are the infamous Magni and Modi volcanic craters, formed during the giant Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. In nice weather the view from the peak is exceptional, and in the distance, you can even see the Landmannalaugar Mountains.

The Thorsmork hiking tour has an elevation of approximately 800 meters (2,624 feet) with a total length of 16 km (9.9 mi), so it can be difficult at times. Hikers who have gone to the summit, however, will tell you the view is well worth the climb. Don’t forget your camera to capture this unbeatable view of the Highlands!

Following our summit, we take the same route down and hop back in our Super Jeep. The drive includes a quick stop at the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. 

Relax from a long day of hiking at your country hotel in Hella.

Day Highlights
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Thorsmork Nature Reserve
Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass
Magni and Modi Craters

Day 3: Bilbo’s Glacier Adventure

Group of people hiking on Solheimajokull glacier

Experience the surreal glacial landscapes of the country today on our Sólheimajökull Glacier hike. This glacial tongue belongs to Iceland’s fourth-largest glacier, Myrdalsjokull, and stretches 11 km (6.8 miles).

Our glacier walk on Solheimajokull follows the route of our junior glacier guide, Bilbo the Samoyed Puppy. During his daily walk, he made some exciting geological discoveries that your human guides will share with you! Discover intricate moulins, crevasses, and sinkholes etched on the ancient Solheimajokull Glacier or “Home of the Sun.” 

During your Sólheimajökull Glacier hike tour, your experienced glacier guide will teach you the ins-and-outs of glacier hiking. This walk is suitable for people with average health and fitness levels. All glacier hiking gear and safety instructions will be provided before you set off. For your safety and enjoyment, your guide will be close by for assistance the whole way.

Hike across a glacial wonderland on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. During your trek, your guide will teach the group cool facts about the glacier, how it was formed, and how climate change has affected the ice fields.

Don’t forget your camera so you can capture the blue and black ice, formed by volcanic eruptions. These unique features are only visible deep within Icelandic glaciers!

On our ride back we will make some final sightseeing pit stops. Our first detour is the magical Skógafoss Waterfall, which has served as the inspiration for numerous folktales. We will also stop at the iconic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, located on the Seljalands River. This picturesque cascade pours from a former coastline sea cliff.

Day Highlights
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.

What equipment is provided when taking part on a Glacier Hike?

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland,  it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.

What if it is raining?

Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.

Where can I find more information to prepare me for my Glacier Hiking tour?

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking. See more.
Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.

What type of weather can I expect? What should I wear?

First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!

The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.

Can I wear jeans and sneakers?

No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.

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