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2 Day Landmannalaugar Northern Lights Winter Paradise

Landmannalaugar, Northern Lights, Hiking & Hot Spring

Get off-the-beaten track to explore the geothermal sights of the Icelandic Highlands at Landmannalaugar and the Northern Lights!

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Hit the snowy trails in this unique and epic journey into the Highlands of Iceland! The Highlands are really off-the-beaten-track in the wintertime, so we’re likely to have Mother Nature all to ourselves. Bathe in a natural hot spring beneath a lava field, hunt for waterfalls in secluded valleys and try to spy the Northern Lights from our base in the wilderness. We invite you on a thrilling adventure in Iceland, one that most visitors never dare to dream!

  • Availability

    Nov. - Apr.

  • Duration

    2 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:8

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    89.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Landmannalaugar
Hot Spring Pool Bathing
Highland Hiking
Thjorsardalur Valley
Hjalparfoss waterfall
Haifoss Waterfall
Sigoldugljufur - The Valley of Tears
Gjáin
A Turf Farm Visit
Sigoldufoss Waterfall
Urridafoss Waterfall
Northern Lights (Depending on conditions)
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Transportation in a Super Jeep
English Speaking Tour Guide
Incredible Remote Locations
Hotel Accommodation
Breakfast on day two
Free WiFi on Board Your Vehicle

This tour is the ultimate winter adventure in Iceland. Challenge yourself on an expedition that will take you into the heart of the stunning, rustic landscapes of the Highlands. Inspired by local hikers, this tour is an ideal trip for the trekker looking for an incredible adventure that’s totally out of the ordinary in Iceland. Get a look at a whole new dimension of winter travel. Professional guides and participants work together to make our time spent exploring waterfalls, hiking the colorful Rhyolite mountains and bathing in the hot spring pool the most exciting and memorable trip ever!

Don’t let winter stop you, join other adventurers on our 2-day tour inside the snow-covered geothermal wonderland of Landmannalaugar. There is no better place to catch the brightest Northern Lights than the Icelandic Highlands, away from any hint of light pollution. Treat yourself to a Super Jeep Tour, drive along the River Þjórsá and past the famously gorgeous Ugly Puddle or Ljótipollur. Admire the hill surrounding Lake Frostastaðavatn and soak in the natural wonder in a hot pool right under a lava field.

The day after will be a waterfall-themed day with stunners such as Háifoss, Hjálparfoss, and Urriðafoss on the itinerary. The icing on top will then be a stop at the Commonwealth Farm at Stöng, where a reconstructed turf-house farm demonstrates how Icelanders used to live in the old days. Get a glimpse into Viking life here on the island of ice and fire.


Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 09:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Please note

Please try and keep your luggage as compact as possible (we offer free luggage storage).

Day 1 - Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar - Hot Springs - Northern Lights

Landmannalaugar hot springs

The day kicks off with a pickup at your chosen location in Reykjavík. From there we’ll start to make our way out of the capital and into the countryside. The views on today’s road trip are extraordinary, including the famous Hekla Volcano, Thjorsardalur Valley and the mountains surrounding Landmannalaugar. The Super Jeep will come in handy accessing this snow-covered geothermal wonderland. We’ll stop for lunch at the Hrauneyjar Highlands Center, the last trace of civilization for a while. Then we drive through vast scapes and lava fields past colorful lakes such as Hnausapollur, Ljótipollur (Ugly Puddle) and Lake Frostadavatn.

When you reach Landmannalaugar, it’s like you just stepped into a land geothermal magic. Colorful rhyolite and basalt volcanoes, mountains, and hot springs surround the area and now we are off on a hiking adventure before bathing in the steamy hot pools that naturally formed after a volcanic eruption.

The combination of snow-covered lava fields and natural hot springs is just perfect and the experience is one that won’t be forgotten.

After spending plenty of time in the complete serenity inside Landmannalaugar, we will step into the Super Jeep again and head over to our cozy accommodation for the night. It’s time to fill up the energy bar after a day of adventures. If weather permits, we’ll top it all off with a magical Northern Lights dance show in the dark sky.

Day Highlights
View of Hekla
Landamannalaugar
Hiking
Hot Spring Bathing
Ljótipollur e. Ugly Puddle
Lake Frostastadavatn
Northern Lights
Included
Super Jeep Rides
An Experienced Guide and Driver
Access to Incredible Winter Sights
Accommodation at Hrauneyjar Country Hotel

Day 2 - Haifoss - Hjalparfoss - Gjain - Turf House Farm - Sigoldugljufur - Urridafoss

Hjalparfoss waterfall

After a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we hit the road once again.

The first stop is Hjálparfoss (Helping Falls), a two-tiered waterfall that plunges into a stunning lake. The perfect scene!

Our second stop is at the picturesque Háifoss waterfall that plunges down in a narrow vertical drop and is often talked about as the fourth or third highest waterfall in Iceland, depending on whom you ask. After this it’s time for some history, we’ll make a stop at the Commonwealth farm of Stöng. There they have done reconstruction on an old turf house, giving you a chance to step back in time and explore the life of the Vikings.

But no worries, the waterfall magic is far from over. We have many chances to spy waterfalls, like Sigöldufoss and Urriðafoss along the Thjorsdalur Valley, thanks to the snaking River Thjorsa.

After a busy day of sights, famous attractions and hidden gems, we’ll start to make our way back into Reykjavík, where we say goodbye and you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation.

Day Highlights
Sigoldufoss Waterfall
Turf House Farm
Sigoldugljufur
Gjain
Haifoss Waterfall
Urridafoss Waterfall
Included
Super Jeep Rides
An Experienced Guide and Driver
Access to Incredible Winter Sights
Accommodation at Hrauneyjar Country Hotel
Breakfast at Hotel
What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

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Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if the lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).

For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

If we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

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2 Day Landmannalaugar Northern Lights Winter Paradise | Average rating: 5/5 based on 1 customer reviews


"Wow what a trip" | 5 stars By Tricia Palmer Lewis 30/01/2018
What an adventure! I wanted a trip out of the way of the hoards of tourists and that is what I got. The drive to Landmannalaugar was long but there were lots of breaks to view the scenery and stretch your legs. The trip there was in lovely sunshine, a few times we got stuck and there were quite a few breath holding moments as we pitched off massive snow drifts or tried to drown the jeep in the river. We arrived at Landmannalaugar just before dark and did brave having a dip in the hot springs, it was the getting there and the return run in minus temps and deep snow that put hairs on your chest. The hut was lovely and heated by the thermal springs so it was warm and clothes dried out nicely. We were lucky we had a dorm each (there are 4) I would not fancy that place in high season as the dorms hold at least 20 people. Food was excellent. Next day was bad weather so the walk and snow mobile were fun but could not see where we were going. We left early in a complete white out so the drive back was not as fun and I would recommend anti sickness pills for any that are prone to car sick or get sea sick. Hotel was great and lovely food for the second night and then on to tourist tastic waterfalls and geysirs round the Golden circle. They were great, the masses of people were not but I am glad I did it. As for Arni our guide, he was just brilliant, very knowledgeable and always has a smile no matter what. Would absolutely recommend this trip for the adventurous. Loved every minute of it
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