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Iceland: Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano Hiking Experience

1. Iceland: Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano 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 & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

2. 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.

Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

3. 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.

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. 

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Hiking and Hot Springs

5. 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.

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.

Landmannalaugar Guided Day Tour in Small Group

7. Landmannalaugar Guided Day Tour in Small Group

Landmannaluagar is located in the heart of the Icelandic highlands. It is well known for its spectacular hiking trails, rhyolite mountains, and the geothermal hot spring. Landmannalaugar is a truly rare area, both geologically and aesthetically. The dramatic region can be found nestled beside the raven-black Laugahraun lava field, a sweeping expanse of dried magma that originally formed in an eruption in 1477. Our first stop will be one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland. Háifoss or "The tall waterfall" is 122m high and located at the Fossá river. Next to Háifoss, you will find Granni (neighbor) and together they make for one of the most beautiful sights in Iceland. "The valley of Tears" is truly one of the hidden gems you should not miss when you visit Iceland. Numerous waterfalls run down into a canyon filled with blue water. The surrounding area looks like the moon and vegetation is quite rare. Interestingly, Sigöldugljúfur was not always a canyon; it was once filled with the water from the Tungnaá river, before the installment of the Sigala hydroelectric station which changed the geography of the area. Bláhylur or Hnausapollur was formed in 871, about 1200 years ago, in a massive volcanic activity that occurred in both Bárðabunga and Torfajökuill calderas simultaneously. It is a famous eruption because it transformed a large part of the highland and happened at the same time as the beginning of the settlement of Iceland. Landmannalaugar, or the 'People's Pools', is a vast area of stunning and unique beauty in the heart of Iceland's southern Highlands. Throughout the summer, it is one of the most popular places for hiking -- either over one day or several -- and for natural hot spring bathing. Landmannalaugar itself is made up of windswept rhyolite mountains, a rock type that creates a full spectrum of dazzling colors. Shades of red, pink, green, blue and golden yellow make for an ethereal location. We will take you on a 2-3h moderate hike to a viewpoint where you will have a spectacular view over the whole area.

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.

Hvolsvöllur: Hekla and Maelifell Private Guided Tour

9. Hvolsvöllur: Hekla and Maelifell Private Guided Tour

Our trip begins at Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcano. It was labeled “The gateway to Hell” after it's 1104 eruption. That reputation grew with its 1341 eruption. People reported seeing birds fly amidst the fire with some believing it to be swarming souls from hell. Even today some say Hekla has preserved its diabolic status, claiming it the spot where witches encounter the devil!  So if you dare, come with us for this thrilling drive up Hekla volcano. We'll search the signs of these gatherings and while doing so get a gorgeous panoramic view over the highlands and the south coast of Iceland. As we're making our way towards Laugavegur, Iceland´s most popular hiking trail, our F road takes us directly on to the hiking trail in parts, leading us up to a few mountain huts, fx. Álftavatn and Emstur. We then stop at the spectacular canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur. It is believed to have been created in a single flash flood bursting from the volcano Katla in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Driving beside the glacial river Markarfljót with Þórsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull glacier on the east side is extremely beautiful.  We end our Super Jeep tour in Fljótshlíð, a beautiful farmland where the Njáls Saga took place. In Fljótshlíð you truly get a change to experience Iceland's authentic countryside. 

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour in a Super Jeep

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Landmannalaugar

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4.5 / 5

based on 580 reviews

I had a great day thanks to this excursion. Our guide was great, gave us a lot of interesting information about the places visited and about Iceland in general, and he didn't hesitate to make stops on the road to show us memorable places. The hike itself was very good, and at a pleasant pace (not too slow, not too fast), which allowed us to fully immerse ourselves in this part of Landmannalaugar. Finally, the hot spring at the end of the day was very appreciable

We had a great tour with our guide. There were only three of us, so we had full flexibility. There were great and interesting conversations about nature, legends and experiences. You can tell our guide's multi-layered knowledge and her enthusiasm was contagious and rousing. Of course, the adventure is very expensive, but it's still worth it, even if everything is snow-covered.

We did several excursions with them. There is a lack of organization but they are quick to answer and solve problems

Siggi was a great guide and we made the best of the weather. Great tour!

A must if you are in Iceland and don't have your own 4x4 vehicle!