Introduction

Mind-blowing multicoloured mountains, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear-blue lakes make Landmannalaugar one of Iceland’s most unique destinations, and a must for explorers of the interior. It’s a favourite with both Icelanders and visitors – as long as the weather cooperates.

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.