Two day tour including a visit to the snowy highlands. Inspired by the locals we invite you to leave city life behind and join us on our Landmannalaugar tour. An experience that gives you a glimpse into the amazing scenery of the Icelandic highlands, as well as a scenic tour of the magnificent Þjórsárdalur valley.
Do as Icelanders do and come along on a journey of unforeseen challenges, bathe in the stunning geothermal natural pool in mid winter and enjoy being alone with nature, surrounded by the stars and the dancing northern lights.
Duration: 2 days
Pick-up: 09:00 - 09:30
Available: Sep - Apr
Age limit: 8 years
- Off the beaten path experience
- Transportation in a Super jeep
- Northern Lights
- Hiking in the Highlands
- Þjórsárdalur valley
Departures: On Thursdays and Sundays, except during Christmas and New Years, see booking engine for details.
- Hotel pick up
- Guided tour
- Accommodation (1 night)
Bring with you: Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells. Warm wool socks, hats and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer. Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must and don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel!
Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.
Read about important winter information
When Icelanders want to treat themselves they climb on board a Super Jeep and head for Landmannalaugar during winter time. On a journey of unforeseen adventures and constant challenges, they take on the unpredictable highlands and face new experiences during every tour. There are no disappointments, no failures. Everything that happens is part of the journey. It is all about embracing the moment. Nothing beats the beauty of starlit skies perfected by the dance of the Northern Lights.
With local spirit, we invite you to leave city life behind and join us on this unique tour!
We pick you up in the morning at your hotel and drive towards the valley of Thjorsardalur where we get a view to the volcano, Hekla, which we get closer to on our way into the highlands. Hekla was believed to be the gateway to hell in the middle ages. This cone shaped volcano is made up of a series of ridges and it is one of Iceland's most famous and active volcanoes which last erupted in the year 2000.
We drive along by the River Thjorsa, the longest river in the country, and into the valley of Thjorsardalur.
We have a lunch break in Hrauneyjar Highland Center, the last outpost before we enter the real highlands at Fjallabak Nature Reserve. We drive through vast lava fields covered by snow, pass Lake Hnausapollur and Lake Ljotipollur and have a stop at Lake Frostastadavatn. Here the surrounding mountains and strange rock formations are reflected in the mirror-like surface of the lake when the weather is calm.
Finally, we get to Landmannalaugar which will most likely be snow covered. But the steep rhyolite mountains and rough lava fields are visible, showing the geothermal activity of the hot springs and naturally heated rivers crisscrossing the land at every turn.
After some hiking in Landmannalaugar, the steaming hot spring pool will be ready to welcome you – Zen moments and sheer bliss. Thrilling activities exploring the wilderness by day and relaxing in a hot spring pool surrounded by mountain peaks in the peace of afternoon, it cannot get more Icelandic than this!
After your time in Landmannalaugar, we head over to our warm and cozy accommodation for the night, the Hrauneyjar highland hotel. Where you can have a nourishing, comforting dinner and even a sauna! When you are ready to go out beneath the night sky, you will have the perfect opportunity to see the northern lights dance above you.
After having a nice breakfast at the hotel, we head out to explore the wonderous nature of Thjorsardalur, before heading back to Reykjavik.
We will also check out the magnificent Háifoss waterfall, which plunges down a whopping 122m (400ft). This is the fourth highest waterfall in Iceland. Another stop on our way is Gjáin, a beautiful canyon hidden away in Þjórsárdalur where you can see stunning waterfalls and streams. The beautiful Sigöldugljúfur, dubbed "Valley of Tears" will greet us with its many waterfalls.
We will stop at the Waterfall Hjálparfoss - the Helping Falls, where the horses used to graze in the last lush area before heading across the sandy desert of Sprengisandur in olden times.
Next up is the Commonwealth Farm at Stöng. The farm is a reconstructed turf house that will give you a glimpse into the daily life of the first settlers in Iceland.
As you haven't seen enough beautiful waterfalls today, we'll also make a stop at the Urriðafoss waterfall.
After a day of exploring we jump in our trusty super jeep and head back to Reykjavik, where we drop you off at your accommodation.