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.
- 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.
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.
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).
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.
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. 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.
Day 3: BLAHNUKUR VOLCANO
As you wake to the morning chorus on your final day in Landmannalaugar, a 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. 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 sated 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.
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