Landmannalaugar highland adventure & Geothermal Pool tour

Landmannalaugar highland adventure & Geothermal Pool tour

This tour is offered and operated by Hit Iceland to Landmannalaugar from Reykjavík city and back. It is a journey to some of the most impressive landscape and exciting attractions in Iceland. Our specialties are natural wonders and inspiring places in Icelandic nature and places of historical and geological importance. If you want to get the most out of a day tour with a knowledgeable local expert on Iceland by your side in a new modified 4X4 vehicle this is your tour.  It is a minimum of two passengers and max four passengers, so it is a kind of a private tour. We also do torus to Landmannalaugar for larger groups.  If you have a larger group than 4 please contact us at info@hiticeland.com. It includes a visit to the highland and one of the most captivating places you can visit in Iceland. Our tour purpose is to convey and show you natural wonders, the beauty, the landform, geology, landscape, and the feeling you experience when you are close to natural wonders.  The tour is offered from the time Landmannalaugar road opens in spring, usually late June, until late September when the snow starts to fall.  During winter everything in Landmannalaugar and the highland in Iceland is covered with snow and not particularly interesting.

Landmannalaugar mountains

During our hiking tour in Landmannalaugar, you will get a spectacular view of the rhyolite mountains, hot springs, and colorful landscape. 

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, volcanos, lava fields, 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. 

Landmannalaugar hike

Landmannalaugar hiking path up to Brennisteinsalda volcano - starting point for Laugavegur hiking trail

Along the way to Landmannalaugar, we visit  a beautiful waterfall and a stop by a stunning volcanic crater.  On our way back we drive through the lava fields of Dómadalur valley and by the volcano Hekla, one of the active volcanos in Iceland. It is a tour of wow, ooh, gosh, and stunning.

 

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. After Hnausapollur explosion crater if conditions are good, we climb the rugged 4x4 hill to Ugly Pond or Ljótipollur crater with its magnificent highland view. 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, a good time for a light lunch and our stop in Landmannalaugar is about two and a half hour. 

Hnausapollur crater

Hnausapollur crater near Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic highland

The stop at Landmannalaugar, hiking and the geothermal pool

When we arrive in Landmannalaugar, we stop by the service center and  it is an excellent oppertunity 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 or the top of Brennisteinsalda, although both a bit more difficult 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 sandwiches or light lunch and some snacks as well as a towel and swimming suite to enjoy this stop to it fullest.

Landmannalaugar tour from Reykjavík - Landmannalaugar service center

The service center in Landmannalaugar with Mt. Bláhnúkur in the background

The drive back through Dómadalur valley

From Landmannalaugar we continue our tour around 3 PM or 15:00, depending on activity. We begin by driving through the scenic drive Dómadalur valley.  The drive takes us through some magnificent landscape typical for the Icelandic highland. Vast fields of lava, small lakes, mountains, volcanoes, rivers, creeks and a 4X4 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.

 

Landmannalaugar geothermal pool

You do not want to miss the geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar when in Iceland

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 properly equipped 4X4 vehicle. You are traveling like the locals do in the highland.  It is also a scenic drive loaded with information from your guide, Einar Páll Svavarsson owner and creator of Hit Iceland, 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.

A view from Sudurnamur hiking trail to Landmannalaugar

A view from Sudurnamur hiking trail to Landmannalaugar

Iceland Highland - Landmannalaugar

Tour location : 

  • Highland

Starting place / town : 

  • Reykjavík

Tour : 

  • 4X4

Duration: 

10 to 11 hours

Included: 

A driver guide in a convenient 4X4 vehicle with extensive knowledge about Iceland, the country, people, and history.  A drive to some of the most interesting places in Iceland. Service fee in Landmannalaugar.

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. You should bring some snacks for the day and a small lunch like a sandwich.  Remember that we are in the highland where there is limited service for a long part of the tour. 

Pick up time at preferred location: 

8:00 in the morning at a location, street or hotel, in the Reykjavík capital area that you put in during the booking process.