Welcome to Landmannalaugar


Part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Landmannalaugar (600m above sea level) includes the largest geothermal field in Iceland outside the Grímsvötn caldera in Vatnajökull. Its multihued peaks are made of rhyolite – a mineral-filled lava that cooled unusually slowly, causing those intense pigments. It is as though you've stepped into a watercolour painting.

The area is the official starting point for the famous Laugavegurinn hike, and there are also some excellent day hiking opportunities, plus a natural pool.


Top experiences in Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar activities

$427.95 Transfers & Ground Transport

Landmannalaugar Above with departure from Skaftafell airport

Driving through a wast of black sand, lava and moss, with mountains and glaciers on one hand and the sea in the distance on the other. You drive for about 1½ to 2 hours east from Vík and you will have Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon, in about 45 minute drive further east. There you will find yourself located at Skaftafell, Vantajökull National Park. At our private airport you will meet your pilot prior to your flight, who will explain the flight plan. On this trip, your pilot will fly over Skaftafell, a popular camping site located in Vatnajökull National Park. With good luck you might be able to see Svartifoss, which is unique due to the basalt rock around it.  On your way to Landmannalaugar, you might see sights such as Grænalón as you fly over Skeiðarárjökull, Lakagígar volcano craters and Langisjór. Over Landmannalaugar you will see mountains and valleys reach as far as the eye can see. You might also notice hot springs below your aircraft and Hekla volcano in the distance. On the way back, the pilot will fly you over Eldgjá, a valley and a volcano which is linked to the famous Katla volcanic system. As you land back in Skaftafell, you can take time to chat with your pilot about the route you flew and the sights you saw.

$529.73 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Skaftafell 75-Minute Sightseeing Flight, Vatnajokull Glacier

Choose from multiple departure times to suit you, and meet your pilot at the private airport in Skaftafell, where you will be told about the flight plan. As you take off and fly over Skaftafell, you might see the unique Svartifoss waterfall falling from basalt cliffs. You will also fly over Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Iceland. As you fly over Grímsvötn eruption site, you might notice the crater blowing up steam in the middle of the lake on top of the glacier. On your way to Landmannalaugar, you will also fly around the area of Langisjór and Lakagígar volcanic craters. Flying through the fresh air of Iceland’s highlands, you will see the countless mountains and valleys located in Landmannalaugar area. On your way back to Skaftafell, the pilot will fly over Eldjá, a volcano and valley linked to the same eruption system as Katla volcano. After landing back in Skaftafell, you can take some time to chat with your pilot about the route you flew and the sights you saw.

$2445.79 Outdoor Activities

Landmannalaugar Highland Snowmobiling Tour

Day 1: Reykjavík – Landmannalaugar area We depart from Reykjavík in the morning and start heading to the Landmannalaugar area. When we have reached the mountains, our expert snowmobile guide will give you a snowmobile briefing, before we head out on to explore our winter wonderland. We’ll show you how to play safely in the mountain terrain while you explore some amazing sledding areas. Day 2: Landmannalaugar area – Reykjavík Now the sun has come up and our day continues. After a nice breakfast our expert snowmobile guide will lay out the plan for our second day in the in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. After a nice day of snowmobiling we will start to head on towards our pick-up vehicle, which will drive us to Reykjavík. What to bring:As we will be spending time in the unpredictable Icelandic weather, it is important to be prepared. We recommend warm outdoor clothing including:Waterproof jacket and trousersWarm head wear, for example, woolen hat/balaclavaGlovesAppropriate hiking boots/shoes are requiresSnacks

$1714.79 Cultural & Theme Tours

Laugavegur Trekking

Day 1: Gljúfrabúi base – Landmannalaugar – Álftavatn  We start our day early from Gljúfrabúi base and head straight to Landmannalaugar and set out on our hike as soon as we get there. Through the geothermal landscape we set our aim for Álftavatn, on the way we'll pass Hrafntinnusker the obsidian desert where the place takes its name after. From there we head on towards our overnight stay, Álftavatn Lake, passing Mt. Reykjafjöll and the picturesque Jökultungur (glacier tongues) area.  This is a long and demanding day, full of exciting highland adventure. Gljúfrabúi base – Landmannalaugar: Driving time 2- 3 hours Landmannalaugar – Álftavatn: Distance: 24km (15mi). Walking time: 7- 9 hours. Ascent: 470m (1540´). Descent: 490m (1610´). Meals included: Lunch, refreshments and dinner Day 2: Álftavatn - Emstur We leave the hut after a decent breakfast and a worthy night’s rest. We continue on the Laugavegur trail heading towards Emstur. This part of the trail is easier than the day before and it'll take us through black sand deserts with fantastic contrast mountains, like Stórasúla and Hattfell. We then reach the hut in Emstrur (Botnar) where the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull lie extended before us.  When dinner is finished, there is an optional evening hike towards the magnificent 200 meters canyon, Markarfljótsgljúfur. That's an evening hike that you don´t want to miss! Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, refrechments and dinner Álftavatn – Emstur: Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 5-6 hrs. Descent: 40 m (130′). Day 3: Emstrur – Þórsmörk – Seljalandsfoss / Gljúfrabúi base  We leave Emstur and continue on our way to Þórsmörk, walking alongside Mýrdalsjökull glacier. As we descend to Almenningar, we'll see a change in the landscape when trees start to appear. The Laugavegur trail is now behind us as we reach Þórsmörk. Now we can enjoy the beautiful oasis, hiding behind Eyjafjallajökull glacier. From Þórsmörk we head towards Gljúfrabúi base, but we still have one more stop, the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall! We expect to be back at Gljúfrabúi base in the afternoon. Emstur- Þórsmörk: Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985′).  Þórsmörk – Gljúfrabúi: Driving time: 1 - 1,5 hours. Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, refreshments Note:  - Expect streams/rivers crossing over unbridged streams/rivers on all hiking days. - There is a minimum of 4 person for the Laugavegur trekking tour.

$2467.06 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Highland Snowmobile Expedition

Day 1: Reykjavík – Landmannalaugar We depart from Reykjavík in the morning and head to Landmannalaugar area, having a lovely drive in Iceland's beautiful landscape. When up on the highlands your expert snowmobile guide gives a short briefing on how to safely operate the snowmobiles. We then go for a few hours of awesome riding! We then reach our mountain hut in the Landmannalaugar area, Hrafntinnusker. There your guide cooks a traditional mountain BBQ and tells you fun stories.  After a lovely night we rest for a big snowmobiling day tomorrow. But first we'll look out for some flickering Northern Lights! Day 2: Landmannalaugar area – Reykjavík Now the sun has come up and our day begins. After breakfast your expert snowmobile guide lays out the plan for the day.  Then after a great day of snowmobiling we head on towards our pick up vehicle, which will drive us to Reykjavík. We expect to be back in Reykjavík in the evening. If your accommodation is not in Reykjavík we can arrange pick up/drop off from/to other places. Note that pick up/drop off from/to other places might be charged for if the distance is further than Reykjavík.  Please contact us for more information.  Our guides are locals with years of experience. They posses deep knowledge of the highlands and provide you with enlightening entertainment along the way.

$2077.27 Multi-day & Extended Tours

The Best of South Iceland

This 8-day tour focuses on guided day excursions and explorations from only three different overnight locations in Southern Iceland. You visit the Golden Circle sites, explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, and the frozen wonders of Vatnajökull National Park. Your Icelandic adventure includes short walks here and there, bathing in the geothermal Blue Lagoon, climbing volcano craters, walking on glaciers, a boat trip between floating icebergs and lots of time to take pictures. With a maximum group size of 20 persons, this program includes six full days of touring, exploring and adventure in South Iceland and the interior highlands. You discover national parks, green valleys, high mountains, lunar landscapes, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs, and glaciers. You explore Icelandic highlights and secrets. Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels and cabins with private facilities. Please note that in case Landmannalaugar is not accessible during May and June departures, we travel only to Þjórsárdalur valley on that day. Highlights and Experiences Bathe in the Blue Lagoon, walk on lava and explore two national parks Easy hike on a glacial tongue on Europe's largest glacier Boat trip between floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon Cross glacial rivers by bus and explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk  Visit Brennisteinsalda Volcano in Landmannalaugar, the rainbow mountain of Iceland On September departures, there is a chance to see the Northern Lights

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