Landmannalaugar highland adventure & Geothermal Pool tour
This quality 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, and possibly one of the most breathtaking places on the planet. 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 have two extra seats for children (age 8 - 15) and do torus to Landmannalaugar for larger groups. If you have a larger group than 4 please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The tour is a visit to the highland and we go to one of the most captivating places you can find 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 the middle of 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.
One option that is part of the tour is a short hike with your guide. At the top you will get a spectacular view of the rhyolite mountains, hot springs, and colorful landscape.
What can we tell you about Landmannalaugar?
Landmannalaugar is perhaps better described as an area of excotic landscape rather than a place. In essence, it is the northernmost part of the spectacular and unique volcanic system Torfajökull best known for its rhyolite mountains. 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, spring-fed 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. You can also experience a walk through a mysterious small valley with small hot springs all around you. 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. The Hit Iceland tour is a perfect way to learn about Landmannalaugar, to understand what the highland is all about, and how to drive on F roads.
Landmannalaugar hiking path up to Brennisteinsalda volcano - starting point for Laugavegur hiking trail
What is there to see along the way to and from Landmannalaugar?
The drive to Landmannalaugar is a scenic drive through a continually changing landform. As one of our passengers told us; it is like driving from one painting to another, but all very different. A drive through beautiful farmlands to a black sand wasteland. Along the way, we visit one of the most beautiful canyons the highland, Sigöldugljúfur, known for its many small and spectacular spring-fed waterfalls. It is a stop that usually takes peoples breath away, and the reaction is often a double wow. We also stop by a stunning volcanic crater, a maar or an explosion crater as it is called in Icelandic. Like Sigöldugljúfur it is a spectacular site and one of only a few you can find in Iceland. We also make a short stop at Frostastaðarvatn lake near Landmannalaugar. And on our way back we drive through the lava fields of Dómadalur valley and by the volcano Hekla, one of the most active volcanos in Iceland for many centuries. 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 three and a half hour.
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 opportunity to take a short hike with your guide, preferably the Laugahringur or the Landmannalaugar lava field circle. It is a short hike that takes you through the intersting lava that flooded from Brennisteinsalda volcano in the late 15th century, smoking hot springs, geothermal/sulfur steam, and the small colorful ravine Grænagil (Green ravine). The 4 km hike and an elevation of about 100 meters take roughly an hour and is a breathtaking introduction to the kind of landforms and landscape you encounter in the Landmannalaugar area. There is also the option to go for the top of Brennisteinsalda volcano, which takes about an hour and a half more, but is a peak of exceptional 360 degrees view to a vast part of the Icelandic highland. The Brennisteinsalda hike is an addition to the Laugahringur hike and is about 7 kilometers and an elevation of 300 meters. A stunning walk, relatively easy and a triple wow at the top.
Along the way up to Brennisteinsalda volcano, you will experience some stunning landform
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.
You do not want to miss the geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar when in Iceland
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.
The service center in Landmannalaugar with Mt. Bláhnúkur in the background
A once in a lifetime experience?
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 new properly equipped and modified 4X4 Toyota 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
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A highly experienced Icelandic local driver guide with extensive knowledge about Iceland, geology, the country, people, history, and more importantly with years of experience driving on F highland roads in Iceland. A brand new (2019 model) modified convenient 4X4 Toyota Land Cruiser fit for F road driving and river crossing. A drive to some of the most interesting places in Iceland. A hiking tour with a guide around Laugahraun lava field and up to the volcano Brennisteinsalda. A dip into a Natural Geothermal Pool (the real thing - not man made like the Blue Lagoon).
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.