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
All of our tours are small group experiences. We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour.
Yes, you can fill your water bottles with tap water at the huts/campsites. It’s perfectly safe to drink. There are also a few streams along the way with safe drinking water, just ask your guide.
Gaiters are optional but we always recommend that our participants use them. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but being drenched on a hike when conditions are wet and muddy is very unpleasant. Some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve a similar purpose as gaiters so if you are equipped with those you don’t need both.
Hiking poles are also optional. The choice of using them or not of course depends on your own personal preference. Note that we do recommend hiking poles if you are used to hiking with them.
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.