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Landmannalaugar 3 Day Hiking Tour - TR-LPOH

Trekking in the Geothermal Wonderland & Bathing in the Natural Hot Spring

On this trekking adventure we will visit some of the most amazing places in the Landmannalaugar area: the serene Lake Frostastadavatn, the poorly-named Ljótipollur crater (ugly puddle) though it is anything but, the imperious Brennisteinsalda volcano, the eerily beautiful Sudurnamur mountain ridge, the deep dark Vondugil Canyon and the snowy Blahnukur peak. All of this is situated in this geothermal paradise, replete with bubbling hot springs, rainbow coloured mountains and gorgeous rhyolite hills. Then after a long day’s trek, we will go and relax in the amazing natural hot spring by the Landmannalaugar hut.


Duration: 3 days/2 nights

Pick-up: Starts at 7 a.m.

Group maximum: 16 participants

Available: June - Sept

Age limit: 10 years old

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
  • Mount Brennisteinsalda
  • Mount Blahnukur
  • Lake Frostastadavatn
  • Bathing in a hot spring
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Highlands of Iceland

Included:

Transportation to/from our meeting points, guided trekking tour, accommodation in huts and meals.

Accommodation:

On this tour, we stay in a dormitory-style mountain hut with shared facilities. The hut is rustic but charming and located in a beautiful area with amazing views. Close to the hut, you can find a natural hot pool in which you can bathe.

Pick-up and drop-off:

We offer pick up and drop off at various locations in Reykjavik and along the south coast. See more details below.

What to bring:

See a detailed equipment list below.

Extras and rental equipment:

You can rent hiking boots, hiking poles, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants and a sleeping bag in the booking process.
Luggage storage: Is for any extra belongings that you will not be bringing on the trek and would like to leave at our luggage storage in Reykjavik.  
Special diet: You can add a special diet to your booking for a small fee. Special diets include vegetarian, vegan or gluten free meals. We can also accommodate most allergies. Please make sure that you state which special diet you require.

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84 990 per adult

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All three days will be spent in one of the most geothermally active areas of all Iceland, meaning that this tour is perfect for science lovers, inquisitive minds, hiking enthusiasts and nature connoisseurs alike. There is a good reason that Landmannalaugar is one of the most popular destinations, among locals, in all of Iceland: a chance to really go off the beaten track and enter a magical untouched wilderness, crammed full of amazing beauty.

Landmannalaugar Hiking Tour Iceland

Such a beautiful place to spend the night...

Itinerary

Day 1: FROSTASTADAVATN – LJOTIPOLLUR

The hiking adventure starts bright and early, at 7:00 am, by the tourist information center in Reykjavik (close to Reykjavik town hall and Tjornin pond). From where we will catch the bus, once everyone has been introduced to one another. We will then cut inland driving along the scenic Icelandic roads past places such as the amazing Thjorsardalur valley and the capricious Hekla Volcano (Iceland’s biggest).

Day Highlights

  • Scenic drive
  • Þjórsárdalur Valley
  • Ljóti Pollur e. Ugly Puddle
  • Hot Spring Bathing (optional)

Included

  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Hut Accommodation
Read more about day 1...

Once we arrive at the starting point of the hike we will have a traditional Icelandic lunch and then begin the 10km hike to our first destination. It will take us up an imperious volcano, which hides one of the world’s most ironically named Lakes: the famous Ljotipollur Lake (Ugly puddle in Icelandic). Fortunately, nothing could be further from the truth, a deep ruby red crater is filled to the brim with sparkling sapphire water: a jewel hidden within the heart of this once violent beast and something that will genuinely take your breath away. After the hike, we will make our descent down the mountain and enjoy a steaming hot bath, in the fabulous natural hot pool of Landmannalaugar, surrounded by beautiful mountains and gorgeous scenery as far as the eye can see.

hot spring landmannalaugar

Relaxing after a long day of hiking...

Day 2: BRENNISTEINSALDA - VONDUGIL - SUDURNAMUR RHYOLITE MOUNTAIN

After a hearty Icelandic breakfast, we will make the journey up to Sudurnamur, a 200,000-year-old mountain ridge, made of gleaming rhyolite that changes color whenever the light hits it.

Day Highlights

  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Laugahraun Lava Field
  • Brennisteinsalda Mountain
  • Hot Spring Bathing (optional)

Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Hut Accommodation
Read more about day 2...

Then when we conquer its summit you will be rewarded with a stunning vista of the entire area: the imposing Mt. Kirkjufell, the rainbow-colored Brennisteinsalda, and the imperious Blahnukur volcano stand out. But the smaller landmarks are just as stunning with colorful mountains and dark ravines stretching far into the distance. It is a jaw-dropping taste of the Icelandic Highlands in all their glory and a sight that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Then we will climb back down the mountain and enjoy another relaxing bathing session, under the gleaming stars, which are unhindered by the light pollution that often dims their fiery glow.   

 

Amazing landscapes of Landmannalaugar

The amazing landscapes of Landmannalaugar...

Day 3: BLAHNUKUR VOLCANO

As you wake to the morning chorus on your final day in Landmannalaugar, hot Icelandic breakfast will await you, and then it’s off to Blahnukur (e. Blue Peak) an ancient volcano, renowned for its deep blue slopes and colossal body.

Day Highlights

  • Bláhnúkur e. Blue Peak
  • Volcano hike
  • View over Landmannalaugar

Included

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Read more about day 3...

The trail winds round to the very summit of the mountain, from which on a clear day, you will be rewarded by a stunning vista, replete with glorious glaciers, colorful mountains, and dark craggy terrain. It is the perfect spot for any nature photographers, be they amateur or professional and is also great for anyone who appreciates natural beauty. It further offers a chance to understand how nature carves the landscape over the millennia: from powerful glacial rivers to violent volcanic activity, it has everything that you could ask for. This is also where the knowledgeable local guides really come into their own, explaining the remarkable geology in vivid detail. Then, tired but stated we will board a bus back to Reykjavik and arrive back there around 9:00 pm: the scenic drive back is the perfect end to the perfect trip.

mountains of landmannalaugar

Multicolored mountains all around...

What to bring
  • Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof
  • Warm jacket, fleece, PrimaLoft or similar
  • Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore-tex or similar
  • Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore-tex or similar
  • Gloves, wool or synthetic, preferably waterproof
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Backpack for daily use
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow. A light sleeping with no specific temperature rating will be sufficient
  • Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
  • Bathing suit and towel
  • Toothbrush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong)
  • Water bottle
  • Small personal first aid kit (competed and tape for blisters)
  • Pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • DONT FORGET TO BRING EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIAL PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IN CASE YOU NEED ANY
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Camera, batteries, memory card
  • Book
  • Headlamp for trips in late season, after August 10th.
  • Earplugs/Sleep mask
  • Power bank / portable charging device
Pick-up details

Pick-up in Reykjavik:

07:00am from Tourist information center at Reykjavik's city hall on Vonarstraeti.
07:15am from Hallgrímskirkja Church – bus pick up/drop off nr. 8
7:30am from Reykjavík Campsite in Front of Reykjavik City Hostel

Pick-up outside Reykjavik:

08:35am from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15am from Hella Bus Terminal

Read customer reviews

Landmannalaugar 3 Day Hiking Tour - Rated 4.7/5 based on 3 customer reviews


Amazing hiking experience

5 by Fontana Alexis September 2, 2018
"Our guide Chris was really perfect for this hiking adventure. We went through this experience in a small group and everything was well organized. The only thing is that we weren't prepared to sleep in dormitories (huts) but it finally was part of this experience. Strongly recommend it!"

3 days hike & last minute hiring of boots

4 by Peng August 19, 2018
"Although the hike is classified as 3 days it can very well be done in 2. The 3rd day is especially short as we had to head back to the campsite by noon to let some of our members meet and join another group for a longer hike. It would be better if we do not have to head back early and can cover proper grounds on the 3rd day. It is good that the company rent out boots and other gear for the hiking and the ability for me to hire a pair of boots the day before the hike was a great help. A small improvement the company could do is to accept cash payment for something last minute and that cost only 2000ISK. The IDD phone call to me to try to get credit card payment costed me as much, which is quite silly. I was on a tour with Arctic Adventure the day before and I want to commend Yannis who had to deal with the road detour, a flat tire and still helped me call the company back to make the necessary payment."

Great hiking experience

5 by Artyom October 20, 2018
Landmannalaugar is definitely worth visiting a place, especially because you could relax in the hot spring after the trek. It was a really good hiking experience not only because of spectacular views but because of well-organized service. The mountain hut was tidy and we felt comfortable in spite of wild northern nature. The only thing we didn't like is that stops were a bit short and we couldn't fully enjoy nature.
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