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Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour

Hiking Tour in the Highlands of Iceland

Landmannalaugar hiking trail is the perfect day activity in Iceland

Landmannalaugar is every hiker's wonderland and every photographer's dream. Explore one of the ultimate highlight of the Icelandic highlands.

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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 Lagahraun 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.

  • Availability

    Jun. - Sept.

  • Duration

    5 hrs from Landmannalaugar / 14 hrs from Reykjavik

  • Duration Overwrite

    5 hours

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    1:16

  • Departs from

    Landmannalaugar

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    12.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Small group experience
Brennisteinsalda mountain
Hekla volcano
Laugahraun lava fields
Hot spring bathing
Included
Guiding service
Hiking
Bathing in a natural hot pool
Landmannalaugar facility fees
Transportation can be purchased with your tour

Landmannalaugar
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
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!


Practical Information

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 Information

 Pick up times and places (if you purchased the pick up):


Meet on location

Meet us at 12:00 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.

What is the distance and elevation gain?

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.

I would like to meet the group in Landmannalaugar - what kind of vehicle will I need?

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!

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

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 using this link. 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. 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.

Disclaimer
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.

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