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About Tour

Landmannalaugar is every hiker's wonderland and every photographer's dream. Join our day tour to see one of the ultimate highlights of the Icelandic highlands with your own eyes.

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar
  • Small group experience
  • Brennisteinsalda mountain
  • Hekla volcano
  • Laugahraun lava fields
  • Hot spring bathing

Landmannalaugar is a unique bubbling geothermal wonderland with caramel-colored 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 and the starting point for the famous Laugavegur trail. We'll 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 the checkout.

Availability June - Sept
Duration 5 / 14 hours
Departs From Reykjavik / Landmannalaugar
Level Moderate
Minimum age 10 years
Ratio 1:16
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Guiding service
  • Hiking
  • Bathing in a natural hot pool
  • English Speaking Tour Guide
  • Landmannalaugar facility fees
  • Transportation can be purchased with your tour

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good hiking shoes are essential
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel

Not Included

  • Meals

Itinerary

Landmannalaugar

landscape of Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is located in 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 incredibly diverse, ranging from the black lava of Lagahraun lava field to Mt. Brennisteinsalda, multicolored by sulfur, 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. 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.

camping site near Landmannalaugar

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, please keep in mind that you will need a 4*4 jeep 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 taking in the spectacular surroundings of this phenomenal place!

Meet us at 11:30 am 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.

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Reviews

4.9
Based on 11 reviews

Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour

1- of 11 reviews

Amazing

Reviewed on August 16, 2021 by amasgat Review from TripAdvisor

It was great hiking, beautiful landscapes and enough time to take pictures, rest and stop at the hot springs to take a bath. We return to Reykjavik around 8pm but the guide Bjork had the kindness to drop us at our hotel.

Mind blowing scenery

Reviewed on July 09, 2021 by Nicholas T Review from TripAdvisor

This was a fantastic hike.

The start point is well into an area with only gravel tracks so make sure you have a 4x4 hire car or have signed up for an official tour. Once at the site, there are two car parks to choose from - the second of which is closer to the start point of the hikes but you need to cross two fords to reach it so make sure your vehicle is up to the job!

There are old buses stacked with most of the provisions you will need for sale in the second car park, as well as toilets, showers and changing facilities. There is also a camp site for hardy travellers.

There are multiple walking tracks available covering a range of distances and terrain. The paths are very well marked with colour coded sticks so it is hard to go wrong.

We walked across lava rocks, a lush meadow, snow, gravel and more on our 7.5 kilometres or so round trip. It was tough going at points, with steep climbs but well worth it for the ever changing scenery and jaw dropping views.

A great way to spend a few hours.

Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour from Reykjavik

Reviewed on September 11, 2019 by cristinabaroncelli Review from TripAdvisor

It is a long drive (4h), but it is really worth it! The place is incredible.
Landmannalaugur Natural Park, “the people’s pool”. Simply breathtaking!
A natural reserve in the Highlands, at the edge of a lava field, formed in 1477, with natural geothermal hot-springs and multicolored rhyolite mountains.
Iceland really is AMAZING!

Hiking tour in Landmannalaugar

Reviewed on August 31, 2019 by Cecilia P Review from TripAdvisor

I had hiking tour in Landmannalaugar on Friday and it was amazing! The long drive from Reykjavík is totally worth it. The landscape is incredible. Never seen anything like this in my life! You have the feeling of being on a different planet. The guide Andreia was knowledgeable, expert and funny. We were lucky with the weather too since it was not raining. The possibility to have a bath in the hot spring, after the hike was unforgettable. I totally recommend this tour!! Cecilia

Landmannalaugar Hiking Day Tour - Amazing!

Reviewed on July 27, 2019 by asddsagsadg Review from TripAdvisor

Did the day trip from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar for the day hike, and it was an absolutely amazing day! It's a very long day, since the drive takes 4 hours one-way, but well worth it, since the Landmannalaugar area is incredibly beautiful, definitely one of the highlights of my iceland trip.

Matt was a very friendly, funny and knowledgeable guide, who made the day fun and safe. The 3-hour hike was just right - not too hard, definitely doable by anybody who's in normal, OK shape, but got to to some amazing views. Plus, you can round the hike off with a beer and a bath in the hot spring - perfect!

Would definitely recommend doing a hike over just getting driven around in a superjeep - you see much more of the beautiful nature up close. Also very happy we decided to take the bus, instead of driving ourselves - the mountain roads leading to Landmannalaugar are VERY rough, steep and winding, even in a rugged SUV you would not want to drive yourself.

A lovely day hike

Reviewed on September 12, 2018 by kdevo Review from TripAdvisor

We did the Landmannalaugar day hike with Arctic Adventures and had such an awesome time. The scenery itself is stunning. The tour was kept to a small group, run well, and the perfect length and pace. Tours in Iceland don’t come cheap, but this was definitely one of the better value for money ones I’ve done.

Landmannalauger day hiking tour

Reviewed on September 11, 2018 by Amanda R Review from TripAdvisor

We had a great experience with Arctic adventures day hiking trip. Our guide Matt was informative, friendly, helpful and made the hike one of the highlights of our trip to Iceland. He was a great guide and we all enjoyed his humor as well as vast knowledge of the area. He also suggested some great hidden spots and secrets when we told him we were also doing the ring road the following day. Would highly recommend and plan to book future guided tours and hikes with Arctic Adventures!

Great Tour

Reviewed on August 27, 2018 by Dan Hanke From our post-trip system

The tour to Landmannalaugar was great. The beauty of Iceland was well displayed on the tour. The only feedback that I would suggest is figuring out time in the tour to stop for both lunch and dinner. Given you are gone for 12 hours having the opportunity to have both meals would be helpful

Landmannalauger Day Hike

Reviewed on August 09, 2018 by Brian_P3027 Review from TripAdvisor

My wife and I did the Landmannalauger day hike. We were picked up in a bus in Reykjavik and then embarked on a 3.5-4 hour drive to Landmannalauger. The scenery along the way, including the Katla and Eyjafjallajokull volcanos, was beautiful. I appreciated that our driver pointed out what we were passing. There was one stop along the way with an opportunity to use bathrooms and purchase food for lunch.

Once we arrived we embarked on an approximately 4.5 mile hike. We started around the Laugahran lava field and enjoyed beautiful views of a very colorful mountain (Brennisteinsalda I think). We then hiked to the top of that mountain. The hike was moderately strenuous and had some points where care was required to avoid slipping. The view at the top was spectacular. The round trip time for the hike we approximately 3.5 hours, but it could have gone 30-60 minutes faster with a more physically fit group.

Once we returned to base camp we were given the option to take a 30-45 minute dip in a hot spring. However, the hot part of the spring was small and jam-packed with people. We decided to pass.

In terms of customer service, I was satisfied with the extreme Iceland/arctic adventures experience. In advance of the tour I emailed a few questions and I received prompt responses. On the tour, our guide Alex was friendly and explained some of the history and geological background of the area. He also very skillfully handled some members of the group who apparently did not understand what they had signed up for and were unable to complete the full hike. On the negative side, we were dropped off at a different point in Reykjavik than where we were picked up with no warning or explanation, and that added an extra 20 minutes to our walk back to the hotel.

Overall, I would definitely recommend the extreme Iceland/arctic adventure landmannalauger day trip hike for anyone who wants to experience the area but lacks the time or money to do a multi-day excursion.

Excellent tour with a wonderful guide

Reviewed on July 31, 2018 by Alberto Gamus From our post-trip system

Our high expectations of this tour were surpassed by the scenery,our guide made the experience wonderful,he is really a fun guy and he is very profesional.

Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour - Day Tour

Reviewed on September 24, 2017 by strega1612 Review from TripAdvisor

A taster trip to Landmannalaugar. Transfer from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar was smooth and well organised. Our guide Marcin was very knowledgable and friendly, making sure everyone is ok with thetempo and route. It was lovely day, finished off with a dip in natural hot spring near the camp

FAQ

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!

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 super 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.

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 the 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.