There’s plenty to do in and around Landmannalaugar, though many hikers skip the area’s wonders and set off right away for their Laugavegurinn hike. If you plan to stick around, you’ll be happy to know that the crowds dwindle in the evenings and, despite the base’s chaotic appearance, you’ll find peace in the hills above.
Follow the wooden boardwalk just 200m from the Landmannalaugar info hut, to find a steaming river and pool filled with bathers. Both hot and cold water flow out from beneath Laugahraun and combine in a natural pool to form an ideal hot bath. 'Landmannalaugar' could be interpreted as the 'People's Pools'…and here they are.
Landmannalaugar has horse-riding tours from July to mid-August. The horse farms on the plains around Hella also offer riding (usually longer trips) in and around the Landmannalaugar area.
If you’re day hiking in the Landmannalaugar area, stop by the info hut to purchase the useful day-trip map (300kr), which details all of the best hikes in the region. Guided hikes (through operators from Hvolsvöllur to Skógar areas) can also be a great way to explore the area.
The start of the Laugavegurinn hike is behind the Landmannalaugar hut, marked in red.
Landmannalaugar has a large base with camping and hut facilities. The camp opens for the season depending on when the roads are clear, usually sometime in June. It closes for sure by mid-October, but it may be earlier if there's a lot of snow or the water has to be turned off.