Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar: Our most recommended tours and activities

Iceland: Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience

1. Iceland: Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience

Enjoy a day tour to the Southern Highland of Fjallabak to explore the wonders of Iceland's Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area. Dive into a bubbling wonderland with caramel colored peaks, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear blue lakes.  Landmannalaugar, together with Hekla, an active volcano in its neighborhood, is one of Iceland's most unique destinations and a must for all who love to explore the beauty of nature. Discover one of the most active geothermal areas flanked by rhyolite mountains and steaming hot springs. Start the day with lunch and set off on a 4-hour hike through the sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, Vondugil Canyon and up to the summit of the colorful mountain of Brennisteinsalda with its steaming vents and Sulphur deposits. Descend through the Grænagil canyon, carved as a result of geodynamic activity of mountains, volcanoes and glacial rivers. If time and weather conditions allow, climb Bláhnúkur, a circa 60,000-year-old volcano with panoramic views of the Landmannalaugar Valley.  Have a bath in a natural hot pool, where both hot and cold water flow out from beneath Laugahraun, mixing together and forming the perfect bathing conditions. Remember to take your swimwear and a towel with you.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

See a less-visited part of Iceland with a day tour from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar and Hjálparafoss. See a stunning double-pronged waterfall, hike through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and soak in a hot spring. Begin the day with pickup in central Reykjavík. Head east out of the city to Þjórsárdalur valley to stop at the roaring Hjálparafoss waterfall. Marvel at the two massive waterfalls that make up Hjálparafoss waterfall, framed by a stunning basalt formation. Continue to the 122-meter high Háifoss waterfall, Iceland's fourth largest. Next, head to Hnausapollur, an ancient crater lake formed by volcanic eruptions. Marvel at the turquoise blue hue of the water before continuing to Landmannalaugar. Enter the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and drive through colorful rhyolite hills, lava fields, and geothermal activity. Join your hiking guide for a moderate hike through this beautiful landscape. Soak your feet in a hot spring before returning to Reykjavik.

Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

3. Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of Iceland on a Jeep tour to Landmannalaugar, known for its rugged landscape, magnificent colors, clear rivers and bubbling hot springs. Make your way to the crater lake of Ljótipollur, one of Landmannalaugar's most spectacular spots. Gaze in awe at the turquoise water set against the red slopes of the coastal hills. Get the chance to go for a dip in the geothermal pool, or set off on an energizing hike through the lava fields, if you prefer. Next, head towards the active volcano of Hekla – known as the Queen of all the volcanoes in Iceland – and reach an altitude of up to 900 meters, when conditions allow. Take some time to appreciate the panoramic vistas that can extend for up to 100 kilometers in all directions and includes 7 glaciers when visibility allows.

Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

4. Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

Uncover the natural beauty of Iceland on this jeep tour from Reykjavikl. See stunning waterfalls like Hjálparfoss and Haifoss. Admire lakes like Hnausapollur, Frostastadavatn, and Ljótipollur. View the Landmannalaugar lava fields and swim in a hot spring.  Begin your adventure with morning pickup from your Reykjavik hotel. Climb into your fully-equipped super jeep, specifically designed to navigate the rugged terrain of Iceland's wilderness. Travel to Thjórsárdalur, a green valley dotted with rivers, waterfalls, lava fields, and birch woods. Explore the two-tiered Hjálparfoss Waterfall, and hike down a to see the plunge pool, which is framed by lava structures and basalt formations. Drive to the deep blue crater lake called Hnausapollur, which makes for surreal photos. Continue to Frostastadavatn, another lake with lava flows that plunge directly into the water.  Head to Landmannalaugar to see the black lava flows running through the multicolored cryolite mountains. Take the walking path to the Brennisteinsfjöll volcano. Enjoy the vibrant colors of its dark lava fields, yellow sulfide, and green lichens. Take a relaxing dip in the thermal pool at the foot of the Laugahraun lava field. Make your way to the last stops at Haifoss, Iceland's third-highest waterfall, and Lake Ljótipollur, which is surrounded by dark-red crater walls. Return to your hotel in Reykjavik. 

From Reykjavik: Private Landmannalaugar Day Trip

5. From Reykjavik: Private Landmannalaugar Day Trip

Discover the beauty of Landmannalaugar, more commonly referred to as the 'People's Pools', on this private day trip from Reykjavik. Immerse yourself in the area's renowned geology and beauty and see for yourself why Landmannalaugar is one of musician Björk's favorite places to visit. After getting picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik, travel along the breathtaking Highland Road to reach the colorful Landmannalaugar. Here, admire the unique mountains with shades of red, pink, green, blue, and golden yellow. Upon arrival, enjoy a bike ride through the Jökulgil valley. See caves, lava, and volcanic craters. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of this natural wonder and witness geothermal activity up close. Don't forget your swimwear if you fancy a dip in one of the area's many geothermal pools. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour in a Super Jeep

6. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour in a Super Jeep

Journey off the beaten track on a special private jeep tour to the Icelandic Highlands. Discover various waterfalls, see one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, and marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of colorful mountains and hot steaming rivers in Landmannalaugar. After pickup from your accommodation in Reykjavik, set off on your adventure with a certified driver-guide. Throughout your tour, drive on gravel, bumpy F-roads, and across rivers in a modified jeep to access places buses cannot reach, and enjoy the extra time to appreciate Iceland's spectacular nature in your exclusive vehicle. Before venturing into the Icelandic Highlands, stop to admire Hjalparfoss, a charming double waterfall, and then discover Gjain, a spectacular secluded green valley with numerous rivers and streams that could belong to a fairy tale. Next, visit the stunning Haifoss — the High Waterfall — an impressive waterfall that drops 122 meters (400 feet) down a 2-million-year-old cliff in a magnificent gorge. Continue your tour to the Icelandic Highlands by driving toward Landmannalaugar, the highlight of the day, and admire the ever-changing landscape through the windows of your comfortable jeep. Upon arrival in Landmannalaugar, find a camping site with a small cafe where you can purchase drinks, coffee, and some snacks. From the campsite, hike along the easy paths to explore the mountains with their amazing colors, as well as the nearby lava formations. Delight in a relaxing bath in the main attraction of the area, a natural hot river. Don't forget your swimsuit and a towel! On your way back to Reykjavik, take a slightly different road, cross a few more rivers, and drive close to Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. Throughout the day, your driver will make extra stops and breaks for you to enjoy the tour in comfort. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Laugavegur Photography Jeep Tour

7. Laugavegur Photography Jeep Tour

The focus of this tour is on giving you the time to explore the landscape through your lens, visiting various locations in Iceland's highlands to give you diverse range of stunning photo opportunities. To start thee Super Jeep Photography tour, you'll head toward the legendary Hekla volcano or, the Gateway to Hell, as it is sometimes called. From there, continue onward through Dómadalur valley, which leads to Frostastaðavatn and Ljótipollur, lakes. Only a few minutes away is one of the most picturesque stops, Landmannalaugar. This area is one of Iceland’s secret gems with its colorful rhyolite mountains and its geothermal bathing pool bordered by steep black lava fields. After a substantial stop jump back into your super jeep and head to the famous Laugavegur trail. Drive down Reykjadalir valley with its interesting geothermal area. From here you'll see the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers emerge. That's a stunning view that you don't want to miss! As you get closer to Road 1 you'll see yet another change in the landscape, as big ice caps come into view as you arrive at Emstrur hut. These magnificent ice sheets offer the perfect panorama. Hopefully as the journey draws to an end you will still have some space left on your memory cards to take your final pictures of Eyjafjallajökull and Þórsmörk valley as seen from the west side of Markarfljótsgljúfur. 

From Storidalur: 3-Day Laugavegur Trail Guided Hike

8. From Storidalur: 3-Day Laugavegur Trail Guided Hike

The best way to experience nature is by man’s most original way of travel – by foot. Our Laugavegur hiking tour is an all-inclusive 3 days (2 nights) guided tour, through one of Europe’s most exciting and fascinating landscapes. Full board, overnight stay in the mountain huts, an experienced Icelandic trekking guide, along with transportation of luggage – which means you only have to carry what you need for each day. The hike starts at Landmannalaugar, an area of colorful mountains tinted by rhyolite minerals, and it ends in Þórsmörk, a fascinating destination with a series of deep valleys, crisscrossed by numerous fast-flowing rivers and glaciers on three sides.

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What people are saying about Landmannalaugar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 571 reviews

The tour is super worth it! We were considering renting a 4x4 car to go there ourselves but after seeing the roads, I imagine the same trip would've taken us at least twice as long. Or guide Thomas was driving fast yet safely and comfortably - clearly the skills you pick up from years and years of experience doing such tours. Not only a great driver but a superb guide - very interesting facts about history, culture, locations, food, geography and everything else. Plus an unreal sense of humor made the tour just fly by and left us all super satisfied.

Great hike with good views. The 3 hour hike is not for beginners, since there's a bit of a steep slope. But they do provide an alternative 2 hour hike midway for those who don't want to ascend the steep incline. Chances of getting good views depend on the weather. Guide was great, however, we stopped at areas where hydrogen sulphide fumes from hot geysers were blowing directly in our faces which was neither fun nor healthy.

It's a must tour when you're in Iceland unless you have a 4x4 vehicle. The scenery is excellent - we had a great hike although it was a bit demanding for beginners. However, when you make it to the top, you can enjoy great views. The guides were great. The natural hot pool was very relaxing and hot - wished we could have had some more time in it. Also plenty of time to take photos.

We had a fantastic day with Adam, our lovely tour guide and super jeep driver. We visited some of the most beautiful landscapes of the highlands driving on the F roads. The tour also includes a 2 hour self-guided hike and an opportunity to enjoy a natural hot spring. Just remember to bring lots of snacks, hiking boots and swimwear!

The trip was totally worth it. The long ride was much more enjoyable with the explanations from Quique about the Icelandic landscape. We loved the hiking as well and learnt a lot about volcanic systems. 5-stars to our guide, Quique, whose drawings, knowledge and enthusiasm rounded out this trip.