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Landmannalaugar: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

1. 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.

Iceland: Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience

2. 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 Hiking and Hot Springs

3. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Hiking and Hot Springs

Journey through the beautiful countryside of Southern Iceland and into the highlands through Þjórsárdalur valley and visit Hjálparfoss waterfall. Depart from Reykjavik and head to the Landmannalaugar geothermal area often referred to as “The Pearl of the Central Highlands.” Landmannalaugar’s colorful mountains are formed by centuries of volcanic activity in the area and the picturesque natural landscape in this raw climate is simply breathtaking. Enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural warm pool which was created by the combination of the area's hot and cold springs, or take a leisurely hike in the surrounding rhyolite mountain paths. Your tour continues west and past Iceland’s most infamous and active volcano, Hekla, which was believed to be the gateway to hell during the Middle Ages. After exploring Iceland's unique volcanic landscapes, return to Reykjavík over Hellisheiði Mountain heath.

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. 

Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

5. 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.

From Reykjavik: Private Landmannalaugar Day Trip

6. 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.

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.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour in a Super Jeep

9. 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.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Private Tour with Transfer

10. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Private Tour with Transfer

Take a little break from the paved roads and tour busses, in this tour we travel off the beaten and paved path to take a look at the alien landscape of the highlands. The Landmannalaugar tour comes with an option of a 2 hour hike through a steaming lava field if you like a little hiking, it's moderate difficulty but definitely worth it. The colors of the mountains come in all shapes of the rainbow due to the minerals and geothermal activity. After the hike you can take a dip in a completely natural, not one touch by man, hot spring that roams between 36-40 degrees Celsius, like a good hot tub should. Then once we have relaxed in the hot spring we drive to Hnausapollur, a volcanic Crater formed 1200 years ago in a massive eruption. The landscape surrounding the crater often brings the words "it's like Mars" or "Otherworldly" to the mouths of my travellers. After that we go and see one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, Sigöldugljúfur, where you can see uncountable waterfalls falling in to a canyon

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What people are saying about Landmannalaugar

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 462 reviews

Best tour ever. And our personal highlight of our whole vacation. Our guide, Tom, was utterly amazing. He is a local and didn't just tell us the things you hear on every other tour but what he personally loves about his country. And he provided us with much information about the geological wonders of iceland. We visited Landmannalaugar and i have no words for the hike. I can't describe the sheer beauty. But also the way there throughout the highlands was an adventure and a sight I wouldn't miss for anything. We felt perfectly safe with Tom the whole time. Apart from that, the other sights depended on what Tom found worthy to show us and we were so lucky he did. Haifoss was magnificent, much more beautiful than gullfoss if you ask me! But the last stop just was amazing. I can't remember the name but it was an oasis in the middle of black sand. It really was magical. To end this - thanks Tom for a fantastic day we will remember forever.

Great landscape, interesting bus ride over a long gravel road, along an impressive landscape, mountains in different colors, several rivers crossed, nice hike in Lanmannalaugar on a mountain. Great view of the lava fields, but very!! windy. Finally, bathe in the warm river.

This trip was amazing! Enrique and Gaia were very nice and full of great stories about Landmannalaugar. We hiked for 3 hours and then had time to take a swim, walk or chill in the area before the ride home.

Simply perfect, with a great guide to discover the volcanic landscapes. AN UNFORGETTABLE DAY.

Super hike, we took full eyes and full brain with all the explanations of the guides