Hike in untouched Icelandic nature before bathing in a hot spring located under a lava field. A hiking adventure of a lifetime.
Landmannalaugar, every nature lover’s dream with untouched stunning nature, geothermal energy, colorful mountains, canyons and hot springs.
Landmannalaugar is truly a unique area located in the Southern Highlands of Iceland. The iconic Mount Brennisteinsalda and Bláhnjúkur, with its blue and green colors mixing with lava, ash, moss and iron, form the most stunning painting-like background. The moss covered lava of Laugahraun lava field will leave you in awe and the endless vast scenery will stay in your memory forever. This is the perfect hiking location and a wonderful day tour out of Reykjavík. Don’t forget to bring your bathing suit, we end the day with a nice dip in the natural hot pool before heading back.
Jun. - Sept.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
- Small Group Experience
- Brennisteinsalda Mountain
- Hekla Volcano
- Bathing in a Natural Hot Pool
- Guided Hiking Tour
- Transport to & from Reykjavík
- Knowledgable Guide
- A Stunning Hiking Route
- Bathing in a Natural Hot Pool
Landmannalaugar is located in the southern parts of the stunning Icelandic Highlands in a place called Fjallabak Nature Reserve. This remote location was originally where the settlers used to bathe when making their way over the land. In more recent years it has been a favorite among adventure seeking Icelanders and now you have a chance to visit this extraordinary place.
Landmannalaugar is a very geothermally active and as a result the area is surrounded by incredibly colorful mountains of Rhyolite, the most prominent being Mount Brennisteinsalda and Bláhnjúkur. It’s known for its natural geothermal hot springs and you can find steam rising from the ground in multiple places. Laugahraun lava field covers a great part of the area. It was originally formed around 1477 in a volcano eruption. Right under the Laugahraun lava field is a wonderful natural hot pool that is popular for bathing after a good day of hiking.
A 4*4 Highland Bus will pick you up at your selected location and head south. After a scenic drive from Reykjavík along the south coast, we turn inland off the main road to Fjallabak. The landscapes along the way are quite magnifiscent making the drive an experience in its own, a bit of a bumpy one as well. The hiking trail starts at the main hut in Landmannalaugar and from there we take off on a hiking adventure for about three to four hours. The total hiking distance is approximately 8-10 km, stunning from start to end. The route goes over Laugahraun lava field, through Vondugil canyon and up to Mt. Brennisteinsalda a multicolored peak that is highly characteristic for the area. On the way down you will walk down Graenagil gorge, called Green Gorge in Icelandic because of the dominant green color of rhyolite in the area. If time allows, we will summit the memorable Blahnukur Volcano before soaking in the hot pool in Landmannalaugar all whilst breathing in the breathtaking surroundings of this phenomenal place!
Remember to bring: It is extremely important to have warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are essential on this tour. Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, and pants can be rented beforehand if you contact us or book online. Last but not least, don’t forget your bathing suit and towel!
What if I don’t own all of these necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary items in the booking process.
Pick up times and places:
- 7:15 from Ráðhúsið (City Hall) on Vonarstræti – in front of the Reykjavik Tourist Information Center
- 7:30 from Hallgrímskirkja Church – bus pick up/drop off nr. 8
- 7:45 from Reykjavík Campsite in Front of Reykjavik City Hostel
- 8:35 from Selfoss N1 Gas Station
- 9:15 from Hella Bus Stop
What type of transportation is used on this tour? Will there be stops along the way to purchase a lunch?
We use a 4*4 highland bus company to transport us to the amazing Landmannalaugar and yes, we will be making a short restroom break at a roadside shop where you can also purchase a lunch to bring on the tour.
We hike about 8 km. which is around 4 hours of hiking including a lunch break. The elevation gain is about 4-500 m. going to approx. 890 m. above sea level.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking using this link. Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.
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.
No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. It’s a long day of hiking so jeans and sneakers will quickly uncomfortable. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.