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Iceland: Landmannalaugar Guided Hiking Experience

1. Iceland: Landmannalaugar Guided Hiking Experience

Enjoy a day tour to the Southern Highland of Fjallabak to explore the wonders of Iceland's Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area. Dive into a bubbling wonderland with caramel colored peaks, soothing hot springs, rambling lava flows and clear blue lakes.  Landmannalaugar, together with Hekla, an active volcano in its neighborhood, is one of Iceland's most unique destinations and a must for all who love to explore the beauty of nature. Discover one of the most active geothermal areas flanked by rhyolite mountains and steaming hot springs. Start the day with lunch and set off on a 4-hour hike through the sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, Vondugil Canyon and up to the summit of the colorful mountain of Brennisteinsalda with its steaming vents and Sulphur deposits. Descend through the Grænagil canyon, carved as a result of geodynamic activity of mountains, volcanoes and glacial rivers. If time and weather conditions allow, climb Bláhnúkur, a circa 60,000-year-old volcano with panoramic views of the Landmannalaugar Valley.  Have a bath in a natural hot pool, where both hot and cold water flow out from beneath Laugahraun, mixing together and forming the perfect bathing conditions. Remember to take your swimwear and a towel with you.

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar & Háifoss Waterfall Tour

See a less-visited part of Iceland with a day tour from Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar in the highlands. See a stunning double-pronged waterfall, hike through the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, and soak in a geothermal hot spring. Landmannalaugar is known as the pearl of the highlands for good reason. The variety of landscapes you will see is remarkable, with new vostas emerging with every turn. Here you have about 4 hours to enjoy the best of what the area has to offer. We take the 1.5-2 hour easy Lauga-loop hiking trail along which we pass the renowned colourful ryholite hills, striking obsidian rock formations, ascend toward the steaming geothermal pools and negotiate the trail through the foothills of Bláknúkur mountain. After the hike you have the opportunity to bathe in the geothermal hot-spring pool, as reward for your exertions on the trails. Enjoy great views as you linger in the healing waters. We enjoy other great sights on our way to and from Landmannalaugarþ. We see the waterfalls at Hjálparafoss, Glanni and Háifoss. Háifoss waterfall is Iceland's fourth largest. We also pay a visit to Hnausapollur, an ancient crater lake formed by volcanic eruptions. Marvel at the turquoise blue hue of the water, contrasting with the desolate desert sands of the surrounding landscape. We return to Reykjavík tired but content, with memories of untouched nature to enjoy for years to come.

From Reykjavík: Landmannalaugar Hike and the Valley of Tears

3. From Reykjavík: Landmannalaugar Hike and the Valley of Tears

The Essential Landmannalaugar. Embark on a journey to one of Iceland’s most captivating destinations Landmannalaugar, located in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland, famous for its breathtaking landscapes such as vibrant colored rhyolite mountains, bubbling hot springs, lava fields and epic hikes. The lava fields and the rhyolite mountains are the result of thousands of years of volcanic activity. Laugahraun lava field was formed in a volcanic eruption in 1477 consisting of vast erratic black obsidian which is known for its smooth, sharp edges and unique appearance, and famed in the TV series Game of Thrones as “Dragon Glass”. Rhyolite is a type of volcanic rock that is made of quartz and silica and with minerals such as iron and sulphur adding extra color to the mountains. Brennisteinsalda or “the Sulphur Wave” is a very good example of this. We will stay over 3 hours in Landmannalaugur and we offer approx. 2 hour guided hike through the obsidian fields up to Brennisteinsalda, but you are welcome to explore the area on your own within the given time frame. You can take on different trail or just relax and stay longer in the natural hot pool – just don’t forget to bring your swim suit and a towel on the trip! The natural beauty and unique geology of this area will leave you in awe and create memories that will last a lifetime. Itinerary Hjálparfoss - Help's fall Hjálparfoss is a beautiful, two stepped waterfall that cascades down into a large plunge pool that is surrounded by very unique basalt rock formations. The surrounding area is called Hjálp or “help” because when people had to travel from the north to the south over the highlands of Iceland they had to travel through the harsh and desolated Sprengisandur route. It was usually very hard to find a place in this desert route to feed the horses and when arriving to the the lush area near Hjálparfoss people thought of it as a help, because finally there was grass for the horses to bite after this long journey. Landmannalaugar - Hike and natural pool Welcome to Landmannalaugar in Iceland. We will stop here for couple of hours. The guide will offer you a hike up to Brennisteinsalda or the Sulfur Wave. During the hike your are surrounded by nature so peculiar that you would hardly be surprised if you saw an elf running by. The colorful rhyolite mountains and some small hot springs scattered all over close to Brennisteinsalda with a mystical steam rising up from them. When returning to the huts, after about two hours of hiking, there still is enough time to take a bath in the natural pool. Sigöldugljúfur - The Valley of Tears The magical Sigöldugljúfur canyon has become one of the main instagram spots in Iceland. It is quite an extraordinary natural wonder with its many small spring-fed streams, small ponds, crystal clear waterfalls, colorful vegetation, and fascinating cliffs. We do pick-up and drop-off from certain bus stops and hotels in Reykjavík.

From Reykjavik: Day Tour to Landmannalaugar in a Super Jeep

4. From Reykjavik: Day Tour to Landmannalaugar in a Super Jeep

Embark on an extraordinary adventure through Iceland's enchanting landscapes aboard our comfortable super jeep. Your journey begins with a pickup in Reykjavík, where our rugged off-road vehicle awaits to transport you to the wonders of nature. As we depart from Reykjavik and venture along the South Coast of Iceland, our destination is the magnificent Hekla volcano. Along the way, we make a stop at the very roots of this active volcano, allowing you to marvel at its immense power and natural grandeur. Continuing our expedition, we follow the scenic road 225 Landmannaleid or Dómadalsleið, leading us to the captivating Landmannalaugar. Here, we indulge in a delightful three-hour stopover, offering an array of hiking options suitable for every skill level. Many adventurers opt for the popular 4.5-kilometer hike through the mesmerizing Laugahraun, a journey that takes approximately two hours. Or you can Immerse yourself in hike to the vibrant colors of the rainbow-colored mountain Brennisteinsalda, or challenge yourself with the more demanding hikes of Blahnukur or Sudurnamur. Afterward, reward yourself with a tranquil soak in the natural geothermal pool, relishing in the therapeutic qualities of the warm waters. Our return journey treats you to more captivating sights. We pause at the extraordinary Hnausapollur and Ljótipollur, both showcasing expansive volcanic craters adorned with mesmerizing blue water within. Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring Sigöldugljúfur, followed by visits to the magnificent Sigöldufoss and Hjálparfoss waterfalls, each exuding their own unique charm and beauty. Concluding our remarkable expedition, we head back to Reykjavik, leaving you with cherished memories of Iceland's natural wonders. Join us on this exhilarating super jeep tour, where adventure and captivating landscapes intertwine, creating an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

5. Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Super-Jeep Tour

Uncover the natural beauty of Iceland on this jeep tour from Reykjavikl. See stunning waterfalls like Hjálparfoss and Haifoss. Admire lakes like Hnausapollur, Frostastadavatn, and Ljótipollur. View the Landmannalaugar lava fields and swim in a hot spring.  Begin your adventure with morning pickup from your Reykjavik hotel. Climb into your fully-equipped super jeep, specifically designed to navigate the rugged terrain of Iceland's wilderness. Travel to Thjórsárdalur, a green valley dotted with rivers, waterfalls, lava fields, and birch woods. Explore the two-tiered Hjálparfoss Waterfall, and hike down a to see the plunge pool, which is framed by lava structures and basalt formations. Drive to the deep blue crater lake called Hnausapollur, which makes for surreal photos. Continue to Frostastadavatn, another lake with lava flows that plunge directly into the water.  Head to Landmannalaugar to see the black lava flows running through the multicolored cryolite mountains. Take the walking path to the Brennisteinsfjöll volcano. Enjoy the vibrant colors of its dark lava fields, yellow sulfide, and green lichens. Take a relaxing dip in the thermal pool at the foot of the Laugahraun lava field. Make your way to the last stops at Haifoss, Iceland's third-highest waterfall, and Lake Ljótipollur, which is surrounded by dark-red crater walls. Return to your hotel in Reykjavik. 

Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

6. Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour

Explore one of the most beautiful regions of Iceland on a Jeep tour to Landmannalaugar, known for its rugged landscape, magnificent colors, clear rivers and bubbling hot springs. Make your way to the crater lake of Ljótipollur, one of Landmannalaugar's most spectacular spots. Gaze in awe at the turquoise water set against the red slopes of the coastal hills. Get the chance to go for a dip in the geothermal pool, or set off on an energizing hike through the lava fields, if you prefer. Next, head towards the active volcano of Hekla – known as the Queen of all the volcanoes in Iceland – and reach an altitude of up to 900 meters, when conditions allow. Take some time to appreciate the panoramic vistas that can extend for up to 100 kilometers in all directions and includes 7 glaciers when visibility allows.

From Reykjavik: Highlands Jeep Tour & Landmannalaugar Hike

7. From Reykjavik: Highlands Jeep Tour & Landmannalaugar Hike

The tour will be guided by a professional geologist, which gives you the opportunity to explore the breathtaking landscape from a different and unique perspective. We will drive in a modified Super Jeep which makes the whole tour a special adventure. This tour will give you enough time to enjoy the beauty of Iceland's highlands without being tied to a tight times schedule. Hjalparfoss Our first stop is marking the beginning of the highlands of Iceland. In the shadow of the impressive volcano Hekla lies the beautiful Waterfall Hjálparfoss. The rivers Fossá and Þjórsá fall at a 45° angle to each other into the same lake and form a magical place, which is surrounded by impressive basalt columns. Just downstream from Hjálparfoss you will get a view of Iceland's second-largest hydroelectric power station, Búrfell. Haifoss Just a few kilometers upstream of Hjálparofss we will find another impressive waterfall of the highlands. The Fossá river falls over 120m down into a canyon and forms one of Iceland's highest Waterfalls. The breathtaking view down the riverbed will show us also a second waterfall Granni, right next to Háifoss. In the colorful layers of the canyon, we can see how huge eruptions in the past formed the landscape of the highlands. Ljotipollur Lake The most beautiful “ugly puddle” in Iceland. This explosive crater formed during an eruption a few hundred years ago and shows impressively the forces of nature. The different colors of this place make it the perfect photo location. The red lava rock, the green moss, and the blue water of the lake form an impressive contrast. Landmannalaugar Landmannalaugur is one of the most famous hiking areas in Iceland's highlands. Here we will go on a small 2 – 3 hours hike and explore the breathtaking landscape. Geothermal hot springs and different mineral deposits in the lava rocks form colorful mountains, which form a nearly unreal scenery. You will feel like hiking on a different planet. During the hike, we can discover many geological features of this magical place. And don't forget your swimsuit, after the hike we can relax in one of the Hotsprings and enjoy the evening before we drive back to Reykjavik. The Tour highly depends on weather and road conditions and is only offered between the 15th of June and the 15th of September (This can change, depending on road closures)

From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour by Luxury Jeep

8. From Reykjavik: Landmannalaugar Day Tour by Luxury Jeep

Journey off the beaten track on a special private jeep tour to the Icelandic Highlands. Discover various waterfalls, see one of Iceland's most active volcanoes, and marvel at the awe-inspiring sight of colorful mountains and hot steaming rivers in Landmannalaugar. After pickup from your accommodation in Reykjavik, set off on your adventure with a certified driver-guide. Throughout your tour, drive on gravel, bumpy F-roads, and across rivers in a modified jeep to access places buses cannot reach, and enjoy the extra time to appreciate Iceland's spectacular nature in your exclusive vehicle. Before venturing into the Icelandic Highlands, stop to admire Háifoss — the High Waterfall — an impressive waterfall that drops 122 meters (400 feet) down a 2-million-year-old cliff in a magnificent gorge. We will also visit the unique Hjálparfoss, made of two smaller waterfalls merging into one before flowing into the river below. Other amazing waterfalls we will admire are the spectacular Lekafossar, located in a canyon in the Sigöldugljufur valley, the "valley of tears", one of Iceland's hidden gems on the way to Landmannalaugar. Continue your tour to the Icelandic Highlands by driving toward Landmannalaugar, the highlight of the day, and admire the ever-changing landscape through the windows of your comfortable jeep. Upon arrival in Landmannalaugar, find a camping site with a small cafe where you can purchase drinks, coffee, and some snacks. From the campsite, hike along the easy paths to explore the mountains with their amazing colors, as well as the nearby lava formations. Delight in a relaxing bath in the main attraction of the area, a natural hot river. Don't forget your swimsuit and a towel! On your way back to Reykjavik, take a slightly different road, cross a few more rivers, and drive close to Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. Throughout the day, your driver will make extra stops and breaks for you to enjoy the tour in comfort. The tour concludes with drop-off back at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Landmarks from Above: Helicopter tour with Geothermal Bath

9. Landmarks from Above: Helicopter tour with Geothermal Bath

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with a helicopter tour of Iceland's iconic landmarks. The tour begins with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, an important historical site and a Unesco World Heritage Site. The park is home to Iceland's first democratic parliament, the Althingi, established in the year 930 AD. Visitors can enjoy breathtaking aerial views of the site's geological marvels, including the Silfra rift and the Almannagjá fissure. The tour continues with a visit to the Geysir Geothermal Area, where visitors can witness the power of the earth's geothermal energy with the eruptions of the Great Geysir, boiling water up to 70 meters in the air. Marvel at the rainbow-colored pools of water in the midst of the geothermal landscape. The landing is dependent on weather conditions, but even the aerial views are a magnificent sight. The helicopter tour then takes visitors to the Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area, a colorful area located in the Highlands of Iceland, with rhyolite mountains and soothing geothermal pools. Although landing is weather-dependent, the area's natural beauty is undeniable, featuring vibrant and contrasting colors including reds, greens and yellows. Hiking enthusiasts can explore the natural beauty by hiking through Laugavegur trail that is home to unique landscape and picturesque views. Next, visitors to the tour are transported to Þórsmörk, a nature reserve nestled amidst mountains, glaciers, and rivers. The heavily forested area is home to various wildlife, including rabbits, foxes, reindeers and bird species. Visitors get an incredible view of the valley and its lush vegetation from the helicopter. The Þórsmörk valley offers an escape to the beauty of Iceland's wilderness and awe-inspiring landscapes. The helicopter then takes visitors to the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano, the iconic landmark known for its beauty and eruption in 2010. While weather-dependent, landing at the site is an opportunity to witness Iceland's geological wonders, surrounded by glaciers and ice caps, and to learn more about Iceland's volcanic history. The helicopter tour ends with a visit to Gullfoss Waterfall cascading down in two stages into a deep canyon, a breathtaking view enjoyable from the air. The tour concludes at the Háifoss Waterfall, dropping down 122 meters into a gorge, a hidden gem for nature enthusiasts. Experience our extraordinary helicopter tour, now enhanced with the unforgettable addition of a secluded geothermal bath. As part of this unparalleled adventure, you'll not only witness breathtaking landscapes from the skies but also have the unique opportunity to descend into the heart of nature's own thermal oasis. This added feature allows you to immerse yourself in the therapeutic and soothing waters of a remote geothermal bath, creating an unforgettable journey that combines the thrill of flight with the serenity of a secluded spa experience.

Private The Icelandic Highlands

10. Private The Icelandic Highlands

Set off on an exhilarating day tour of the Icelandic Highlands by private 4×4 vehicle, where you’ll be able to explore some of the country’s most hidden interior beauty. Your day will start out with a trip to Haifoss, one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, and Gjáin, a lush valley filled with hidden waterfalls and hot springs. You’ll also visit the stunning Sigöldugljúfur Canyon, known for its towering walls and unreal blue rivers, as well as Ljótipollur, a stunning crater lake with vibrant red and green hues. The tour will end with a hike through the surreal landscapes of Landmannalaugar, a geothermal area known for its unreal colourful volcanic mountains and bubbling hot springs. Throughout this Icelandic Highlands tour, your guide will also be your photographer. Meaning that they will take photos of you during all of these experiences. After the tour is over, we will edit and send 30 of them per person to you for you to keep as a memory of your epic adventure!

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This was by far the best experience my husband and I had during our trip to Iceland. Our guide Adam was kind, informative and efficient. We visited various destinations and had a great group! We definitely would do this tour again on our next trip. If you're looking for a laid-back adventure during your vacation, I definitely recommend checking out this tour.

Our guide Karla was very friendly and helpful. The weather was rainy. Nevertheless we enjoyed the tour very much. We specially enjoyed the dip in the natural hot spring after our hiking in the wet weather. We also appreciate that Karlo drove us to visit the Sigöldugljúfur. It was impressive indeed.

Would 100% recommend this tour. Our guide was great, knew the area very well, had a lot of insights into local life and the history of the places. We went on a very windy day with snow and sandstorms, but always felt safe with our guide.

Our guide Elyas from Southcoast adventure was excellent! Despite the rain he made the day incredible, I highly recommend an excursion with him.

We had a great time. Adam is an amazing guide. Highly recommend.