Landmannalaugar Pearl of the Highlands – 3 Day Tour

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Location: Hvolsvöllur
Minimum age: 10+
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 3 Days
Organized By: Arctic Adventures
Pickup: No
Tour Details

Three Day Hike to the wonders of Landmannalaugar.

Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the highland of Iceland. Known for its vibrant shades of silica-rich igneous volcanic rock mountains and lava fields that radiate in the sun, this destination is home to the perfect hiking trails. Whether you have hiking experience, or if you simply wish to enjoy Iceland’s natural beauty, a hike in the area is sure to leave you feeling as though you are walking through a beautiful painting.
This tour includes a hike along Frostastadavatn Lake side to the ill-named Ljótipollur (Ugly Puddle), an incredible red crater filled with bright-blue water. Experience the most colorful volcano of Brennisteinsalda covered in steaming vents and sulfur deposits. This trip also offers to chance to climb on Suðuhámur (920 m above sea level), a mountain rich in liparit mineral while going through Vondugil Canyon. Enjoy an amazing view over Landmannalaugar´s geothermal area from a top of Bláhnúkur, circa 60000 years old blue-greenish volcano. After spending time hiking, our idea of a perfect cure includes a relaxing bath in the steaming area of a natural pool nearby. Our Three Day Trekking Trip to one of the most geothermal active areas of Iceland is the ideal trip for avid hikers and outdoors enthusiasts. Landmannalaugar is the official starting point for the famous Laugavegur Trek– one of the world’s top 20 hikes according to National Geographic.
Combine this trip with our famous Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls trek and make it into a Eight Day Combo Trip!

The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at the City Hall which is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavík. After introductions we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. From Reykjavik we drive inland through the beautiful Thjórsárdalur valley, named after the river Thjórsá and the longest river in Iceland, towards Hekla Volcano. Passing extensive lava fields from previous eruptions we approach the Landmannalaugar area with its amazing peaks. After our lunch we will set on 10 km hike to ill-named Ljótipollur (Ugly Puddle) Lake qualified among 42 of the World´s Most Beautiful Crater Lakes. An incredible red crater filled with bright -blue water and real eye-candy. And in the evening you will enjoy a relaxing bath moment at the natural steaming hot spring bath.
( L, r, D) Driving: 4 hours Hiking Distance 10-12 km (6-7,50 mi)
Day 2: BRENNISTEINSALDA,VONDUGIL AND SUÐURNÁMUR LIPARIT MOUNTAIN Today we will hike till Suðurnámur, 200 000 years old mountain reach in liparit mineral. On the way up to the Suðurhámur you will enjoy numbers of ravines and colorful sights of the area; and on its top a dramatic landscape on the Landmannalaugar´s empire, Kirkjufellið, Laugahraun lava, Bláhnúkur volcano or Brennisteinsalda, the most colorful mountain in Iceland.
(B, L, r, D) Driving: 0 hours Hiking Distance 11 km (6,84 mi)
After our breakfast buffet we will continue on 3,30 hours adventure on Bláhnúkur, 60000 years old volcano, with its vast and bluish colored body. A hiking trail leads up to the top of the mountain from which, in good conditions, five glaciers are visible. Bláhnukur is one of the best places for panoramic Landmannalaugar´s landscape photography. On the top of the mountain you will easly appreciate the powerful effect of the geodinamic activity on the landscape and your guide will explain you about it. After coming down and a short break we will board a bus back to Reykjavik, where we will arrive around 18:00 o´clock in the city center.
(B, L) Driving: 4 hours Hiking Distance: 7 km (4,35mi) Ascent: 400m (1312´)
The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner).
Outside of Reykjavik we offer these pick-up places en-route to Landmannalaugar 8:35 from Selfoss N1 gas station 9:15 from Hella- Bus Terminal


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, preferable 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 Towel Tooth brush and personal toiletries Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong) Water bottle Small personal first aid kit (compeed 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

Start Times



3 days


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