Landmannalaugar highland adventure Geothermal Pool and Golden Circle Geysir & Gullfoss tour
This tour to Landmannalaugar from Reykjavík city and back through Gullfoss and Geysir is a journey to some of the most exciting tourist attractions in Iceland. 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 rather than a place. It is a vast region in the highland with many different exotic hiking trails, mysterious and colorful valleys, warm creeks mixed with geothermal water, glacial rivers, geothermal pools 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. Along the way to Landmannalaugar, we visit beautiful waterfalls, drive-by Hekla the active volcano and a stop by a beautiful crater. On our way back we visit Geysir hot spring area and view as Strokkur hot spring exhales 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.
From Reykjavík to Sigöldugljúfur canyon and Hnausapollur
The tour starts in Reykjavík and takes you straight to the edge of the highland. Our first stop 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. From Sigöldugljúfur we drive through a large lava field to Hnausapollur volcanic crater with its turquoise colored small lake. After viewing this crater, we continue the short distance towards the mountains around Landmannalaugar crossing the rivers and stopping at the service center. Here we stay for three hours.
The stop at Landmannalaugar and the geothermal pool
It is ideal to sit down at the service center and have a meal when we arrive. 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. 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 drive back through Dómadalur valley
From Landmannalaugar we continue our tour and head back to Reykjavík. But not a straight drive to the city as we begin by driving through the Dómadalur valley. The drive takes us through some magnificent landscape typical for the Icelandic highland. Large fields of lava, small lakes, mountains, volcanoes, rivers, creeks and a highland road. No wonder it was one of the filming locations at Ridleys Scott Prometheus. It is a magical 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 wonderful moment of being in the highland.
The drive to Geysir and Gullfoss part of the Golden Circle
From Dómadalur we drive through the 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 which is much less crowded at this time than in the morning. 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.
Tour location :
Starting place / town :
- Super Jeep
What to bring:
Hiking shoes and swimsuit plus camera. And also bring warm clothes, a camera, and some snacks for the ride like a sandwich and water. The driver will stop at service stations with small roadside convenience stores where you can purchase food and snacks.