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.


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$441.64 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.

$546.68 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

75-Minute Ultimate Sightseeing Flight from Skaftafell: Landmannalaugar, Vatnajökull Glacier and Grímsvötn Eruption Site

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.

$2524.04 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

$1769.65 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.

$2143.73 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 ExperiencesBathe in the Blue Lagoon, walk on lava and explore two national parksEasy hike on a glacial tongue on Europe's largest glacierBoat trip between floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoonCross glacial rivers by bus and explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk Visit Brennisteinsalda Volcano in Landmannalaugar, the rainbow mountain of IcelandOn September departures, there is a chance to see the Northern Lights

$2799 Active

Trekking in Iceland - The Laugavegur Trail

Iceland is one of those rare places on Earth that feels more science-fiction than fact, even when you’re actually there. Get as close as you can to the incredible scenery by hiking the challenging route of the Laugavagur Trail where you’ll pass multi-coloured slopes, ice caves, and sweeping landscapes. Camp out for four nights, and enjoy valley hikes in the area with the group. Whether it’s from the inclines or just from the view, prepare to have your breath taken away.

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