Landmannalaugar is every hiker's wonderland and every photographer's dream. Explore one of the ultimate highlights of the Icelandic highlands.
Landmannalaugar is a unique bubbling geothermal wonderland with caramel color peaks, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear blue lakes.
Landmannalaugar is home to Laugahraun lava fields, Mount Brennisteinsalda and Bláhnjúkur, forming a beautiful and colorful setting for our hiking tour. Landmannalaugar is located in a place called Fjallabak Reserve in the remote highlands of Iceland, here you can find some of the most stunning hiking trails in the country as well as being the starting point for the famous Laugavegur trail. We end our day of hiking with a nice soak in the natural hot pool.
The tour is offered either as a meet on location from Landmannalaugar or with a Reykjavik pick-up. Please specify which option you prefer in checkout.
Jun. - Sept.
5 hrs from Landmannalaugar / 14 hrs from Reykjavik
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- Brennisteinsalda mountain
- Hekla volcano
- Laugahraun lava fields
- Hot spring bathing
- Guiding service
- Bathing in a natural hot pool
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Landmannalaugar facility fees
- Transportation can be purchased with your tour
Landmannalaugar is located in a place called Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Icelandic Highlands. Landmannalaugar is geothermally active, a fact that is displayed with incredibly colorful mountains, steam rising from the ground, and of course the natural hot pool that is popular for bathing.
The landscapes are extremely diverse ranging from the black lava of Lagahraun lava field, Mt. Brennisteinsalda multicolored by sulphur, steaming hot springs, green moss and red iron. In front of Brennisteinsalda, we find a field of obsidian and nearby Bláhnúkur volcano, with black and blue sides. All of this and much more create a unique color flow that is almost painting-like. A wonderful setting for a great day hike in Iceland.
This secluded area has been a favorite among adventure seekers for years and now you have the chance to visit this magnificent place.
The tour is available with or without pick up from Reykjavík. Please be sure to add pick up to your booking if you are not planning on meeting us in Landmannalaugar for the tour. If you plan to meet us in Landmannalaugar then please keep in mind that you will need a 4*4 jeep that is permitted on F-roads to drive to Landmannalaugar.
Your hiking adventure will start from the main hut in Landmannalaugar and take off for about four-hours where you will hike around this gorgeous place. The total hiking distance is approximately 8-10 km. The route goes over Laugahraun lava field, through Vondugil canyon and up to Mt. Brennisteinsalda a multicolored peak that is highly characteristic of 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 Blahnukur Volcano before soaking in the hot pool in Landmannalaugar and take in the spectacular 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 (if you purchased the pick up):
- 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
Meet on location
Meet us at 11:45 pm in front of the Main Hut in Landmannalaugar – Please keep in mind that you need a 4*4 jeep that is permitted to drive on F-roads to drive to Landmannalaugar.
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.
You will need a 4*4 jeep to drive the roads to Landmannalaugar. These are rough F-roads and many car rental companies don’t allow you to drive on these roads so be sure to contact them beforehand to make sure it is permitted. These roads take longer to drive so make sure you allow for plenty of time. If you arrive before the group then you are in luck, enjoy the scenery and breathe the fresh highland air – you wont regret spending some extra time in this beautiful area!
Meet on location means traveling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
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 Elding 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 summertime).
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.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
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.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
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.
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. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.
“Day Hike to Landmannalaugar”
Brilliant day had with artic adventures. Both tour guides were informative and sound. Our day tour guide was Inga and she was great. The hike wasn’t too strenuous but unless you have proper gear renting boots and waterproofs is required. It was raining and snowing and the luminous orange overalls I got were more than handy. We also got to bathe in the natural hotspring at the base camp which was handy after the hike! The journey from Reykjavik is about 3.5 hours each way so if I was to go again I would do the multi day tour but for a day trip it is still worth the travelling times as most of it is through the highlands!