Landmannalaugar highland adventure Geothermal Pool and Golden Circle Geysir & Gullfoss tour
This tour is offered and operated by Hit Iceland to Landmannalaugar from Reykjavík city and back through Gullfoss and Geysir. It is a journey to some of the most exciting attractions in Iceland with highly experienced people. If you want to get the most out of a day with an expert on Iceland by your side in a spacious and well-equipped 4X4 vehicle this is your tour. It includes a visit to the highland and one of the most captivating places you can visit in Iceland. Landmannalaugar is perhaps better described as an area of excotic landscape rather than a place. It is a vast region in the highland with many different hiking trails, mysterious and colorful valleys, warm creeks mixed with geothermal water, glacial rivers, geothermal pool and mountain peaks with stunning views towards impressive hot springs and rhyolite mountains of many different colors. In Landmannalaugar you can explore, hike, relax and experience. If you are interested in photography, the motives and landscape to capture are endless. In Landmannalaugar you can place yourself in a unique spot and easily find your private sanctuary among the magnificent colors of rhyolite mountains as you walk some of the beautiful Landmannalaugar tracks.
Visiting Landmannalaugar is a unique and stunning experience
Along the way to Landmannalaugar, we visit a beautiful waterfall and a stop by a stunning volcanic crater. On our way back we drive-by Hekla the active volcano, visit Geysir hot spring area and view as Strokkur hot spring exhales and erupts, and also visit the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss. Since we arrive in the late afternoon to visit these two popular attractions, both Geysir and Gullfoss are much less crowded and more enjoyable. At the end of our tour, we drive through Þingvellir National Park to Reykjavík.
Sigöldugljúfur canyon and waterfalls is a sprectacular place we visit on our way to Landmannalaugar
From Reykjavík to Sigöldugljúfur canyon and Hnausapollur
The tour starts in Reykjavík and takes you along the south coast through Selfoss town and then straight to the edge of the highland. Our first stop, around 11AM in the morning, is about one and a half hour drive by the magnificent small waterfalls in Sigöldugljúfur canyon. The canyon is among the most photogenic places in Iceland but not visited by many. From Sigöldugljúfur we drive through a large lava field up on the Hnausapollur volcanic crater with its turquoise colored small lake. By the crater, you have a great view over a significant part of the highland. After viewing the crater and admiring the landscape, we continue the short distance towards the mountains around Landmannalaugar crossing rivers and stopping at the service center. We arrive around 12:30 or 12:30PM for our light lunch and our stop in Landmannalaugar is about three hours.
Hnausapollur crater near Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic highland
The stop at Landmannalaugar and the geothermal pool
When we arrive in Landmannalaugar, we stop by the service center and have a light meal. It is also an excellent time to take a short hike preferably the hour-long Laugahringur or the Landmannalaugar circle. It is a short hike that takes you through the lava, hot springs by the mountain Brennisteinsalda (sulfur curve) and the small colorful gorge Grænagil (Green gorge). The 4 km hike takes roughly an hour and is a breathtaking introduction to the kind of landforms and landscape you encounter in the Landmannalaugar area. There are also other short tracks you can choose from like the Bláhnúkur mountain, although a more difficult one as the elevation is a bit steep. And last but not least you can dip into the famous Landmannalaugar geothermal, natural pool. So it is essential to bring hiking shoes and a small backpack with a bottle of water and some snacks as well as a towel and swimming suite to enjoy this stop to it fullest.
The service center in Landmannalaugar with Mt. Bláhnúkur in the background
The drive back through Dómadalur valley
From Landmannalaugar we continue our tour at 4PM or 16:00, and head to Þjórsárdalur valley to Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir to view the beautiful hot spring Strokkur. We begin by driving through the scenic drive Dómadalur valley. The ride takes us through some magnificent landscape typical for the Icelandic highland. Vast fields of lava, small lakes, mountains, volcanoes, rivers, creeks and a highland road. A landform often referred to as moon-like landscape. No wonder it was one of the filming locations at Ridleys Scott Prometheus. It is a magical scenic drive that ends by the volcano Hekla that could display one of its small eruptions at any time, according to geologists. We will stop once or twice just to take a photo and inhale the amazing moment of being in the highland.
You do not want to miss the geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar when in Iceland
Geysir and Gullfoss part of the Golden Circle
From Dómadalur valley we drive through another magnificent valley Þjórsárdalur along the longest river in Iceland, Þjórsá. It is a place of natural beauty as well as history. We make a stop for your convenience at Árnes small convenient store and then drive to Geysir. At Geysir, we make a stop where you can choose from a variety of dinner option. This is a splendid time to view the geyser Strokkur as this popular attraction is much less crowded at this time of day. After a good meal, we head to Gullfoss waterfall. The waterfall is magnificent to view at this time as the sun is in a perfect position. From Gullfoss, we drive back to Reykjavík through the National Park Þingvellir.
The volcano Mt. Hekla is expected to erupt at any time and is at the end of our drive through Domadalur valley
For most people this tour is a once in a lifetime experience. It is an opportunity to visit some of the most remarkable natural wonders in Iceland in a relaxed and convenient way in a spacious and properly equipped 4X4 vehicle. It is also a scenic drive loaded with information from your guide about the geology and geography of Iceland as well as our history. You will see and experience some of the most remarkable landforms on the planet as well as magnificent waterfalls. And you will get infinite number of photo opportunities whether you are a professional photographer or just taking a selfie.
Gullfoss waterfall is one of the best known landmarks and attractions in Iceland
Your guide Einar Páll Svavarsson, owner and opperator of Hit Iceland, is an Icelandic Political Scientist turned travel and landscape photojournalist. Einar has traveled extensively in Iceland in all seasons and written hundreds of articles and published thousands of photos from places and natural wonders in Iceland. Einar lives in Reykjavík and is one of the most experienced people in Iceland when it comes to traveling in Iceland and finding exotic areas of interest to visitors and photographers. Einar also has excellent knowledge of Icelandic history and geography. As a photographer, he has received the enjoyable honor of being published in National Geographic Photo of the day on January 1st, 2017. Currently, Einar writes articles with photos regularly about interesting places in Iceland for Wow Air magazine. Apart from Iceland Einar has lived in Toronto for a year and six years in San Diego California.
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- Modified 4X4 Ford 350
A driver guide in a powerful and convenient 4X4 vehicle with extensive knowledge about Iceland, the country, people, and history. A drive to some of the most interesting places in Iceland. A light and healthy lunch in Landmannalaugar plus snacks and water along the way.
What to bring:
Hiking shoes or similar, swimsuit, a towel and a camera. It is also a good idea to bring warm clothes, preferably rain resistant and a small daytour backpack. Although we offer a light lunch in Lanmannalaugar, and some snack while driving, you should bring with you some snacks for the day. Remember that we are in the highland for a long part of the tour.