Landmannalaugar is an area near the volcano Hekla in southern section of Iceland‘s highlands with varied shapes and forms with colorful rolling hills and mountains tinted by rhylolite minerals and obsidian post glacial lava flows. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields, not far from the service center. The Landmannalaugar area is a popular tourist destination and hiking hub in Iceland‘s highlands. It is almost invariably the starting point of the famous Laugavegur trekking trail, but also an ideal base for a variety of rewarding daylong or shorter hikes. The local natural geothermal pool and showers facilitate perfect relaxation at the end of the day. Tourists visit the area from June through late September, after which time the road is closed. A mountain lodge, in operation since 1951, can accommodate 78 people and has basic amenities.
These day tours are not guided and are ideal for those who want to experience Iceland on their own. The bus will take you along the south shore through the fertile green countryside to the remoteness of the highlands. On the way the bus will make several short stops in villages and towns to pick up passengers. In Hella the bus stops for 15-20 minutes and there you can straighten your legs or buy some refreshments. The bus arrives in Landmannalaugar at 11:40 -12:00 and you get a little over 6 hours to explore the wonders of this pearl of Icelandic nature before returning back at 18:00.
You can choose from various short hikes to explore the wonders and the beauty of the area. If you are not into hiking you can stroll around and take in the magic or relax in a bath in the natural geothermal hot pool, surrounded by this fascinating landscape. Remember to take your swimwear and a towel with you.
Hiking routes in Landmannalaugar
Follow the easy, but sometimes rocky, red trail to the steaming solfataras at the top of theLaugahraun lava flow. Return down the white trail (Grænagil). [4.3 km; 1½ – 2 hrs] To get started go to the right of all the buildings and follow the track.
The same as above but extend uphill from the sulphur springs to visit Brennisteinsalda[add 2.2 km; ½hr –1 hr]
Make the steep ascent of the peak Bláhnúkur (5.7 km; 2.5 – 3.5 hrs) but be sure to meet the bus at 18:00 pm.
Included: Bus fare
Excluded: Food and beverages.
Additional cost: Fee for use of facilities at Landmannalaugar is 500 isk. Fee for the use of a shower is also 500 isk.
The Landmannalaugar area is a nature reserve so be kind and take all garbage such as packaging of food etc. back with you on the bus.