Replies: 3 - Last Post: Jun 12, 2013 3:28 AM Last Post By: thrudur84
Feb 11, 2013 6:27 AM
Landmannalaugar daytripWe love to visit Landmannalaugar for a daytrip in June.
We are driving by a normal car so need a transfer to Landmannalaugar near Vik, Hella, or any other place to advice.
We don't want to do the daytrip from Rekjavik because this allows you only two hours at Landmannalaugar.
I thought about renting a 4x4 for one day but than we also have to go back to Rekjavik to pick up this car.
Does anybody know if there is something like a 4x4 taxiservice or have a better idea to visit this area.
All ideas are welcome.
We know there is a bus but it drops you not back on the same spot.
We could stay overnight for one day if needed.
Feb 12, 2013 8:49 AM
Feb 13, 2013 3:28 AM
Yes there are mountain taxis and the possibility of arranging private tours, eg through mountainguides.is, and #1 is apparently offering to supply you with further info on such things. But the PM system has been disabled, so it might be better if he offered his further info in public view.
Jun 12, 2013 3:28 AM
3Hi there! I'm from Hella myself and will be working in the Mountain Mall in Landmannalaugar this summer, so feel free stop by and say "hi!" ;-)
First, just remember that the road to Landmannalaugar doesn't open until 15th June and stays open until the middle of September, more or less.
As to your question... iviehoff is right - the bus that goes to Landmannalaugar from Hella is the same as the one going from Reykjavík, you just have a shorter bus journey and slightly cheaper ticket taking it from Hella, and you get the same amount of time in Landmannalaugar; 2 hours only. Which is in my opinion ridiculous because Landmannalaugar is too vast and too beautiful just to spend 2 hours there.
You are also not allowed to go there with a normal rented car, it must be a 4x4 because of legal matters. However, it is totally possible to go there via the Hrauneyjar by normal car, but the car rental agencies won't let you - if you return the car with a slight scratch, they will charge you outrageous amount of money for it and there seems to be someone in Landmannalaugar who LIKES scratching "illegal" rental cars there with a key. I suspect the car rental agencies themselves, cause the "legal" 4x4s are not scratched. So be careful if you rent a car to make sure it is allowed to go there.
Another option is to hire a Mountain Taxi in Hella (I recommend this more than mountainguides.is, it's WAY cheaper!) with a local, humble and friendly guy called Jón Pálsson (call his cellphone: +354 862 1864 to request a price for your itinerary). If you decide upon calling Jón, ask him if he can stop in "Ljótipollur" crater lake on the way, as it's stunning!! And it would be a rather long hike from Landmannalaugar but there's a road going all the way to the top of the hill, not to be missed !!!! You may even include a short detour up Hekla Volcano, as it is on the way to Landmannalaugar via Dómadalur Route.
If you want to make a slighly longer trip out of it, you may go to Veiðivötn on a drive-around. It is a fishing spot for Icelanders so foreigners generally don't sleep there, but it's got the most stunning scenic driving route in Iceland, with lava lakes, mountains, deserts, volcanoes and incredible amount of bird life for bird watchers! But bring your mosquito head-net !!
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