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Landmannalaugar & Highlands of Iceland. Private Day Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland

From $650.00

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Discover one of Iceland’s scenic wildernesses on this private 4x4 day Highlands and Landmannalaugar day trip from Reykjavik. Travel by 4x4 jeep into the Highlands, an area of rocky deserts, volcanoes, and peaks, and view waterfalls, craters, and lakes. Then, explore Landmannalaugar to see its multicolored mountains and bathe in hot springs before walking below the Hekla volcano. This private tour has a flexible itinerary, and includes jeep transport and hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Full-day private Iceland Highlands tour by 4x4 from Reykjavik
  • Travel into the Highlands and Landmannalaugar geothermal region
  • See the Hjálparfoss waterfall and walk around the lava fields of the Hekla volcano
  • Admire the multicolored mountains and lava fields of Landmannalaugar
  • Enjoy a short hike and swim in a geothermal pool
  • Flexible itinerary with private 4x4 transport, private guide, and hotel pickup and drop-off
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Hotel pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik
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Driver/guide services
Transportation by SUV
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, settle inside your private, air-conditioned 4x4 jeep with your guide.

Then, travel through rugged countryside to the Thjorsardalur valley, an area of birch woods, lava fields, and rushing rivers. See the beautiful, two-stepped Hjálparfoss waterfall, whose name originates from the Icelandic word for ‘help’ since the surrounding pastures were used by ancient travelers for grazing for their horses.

Continue into the Highlands, a region only accessible by 4x4. Trundle along gravel tracks and through rivers as you head toward Landmannalaugar, considered one of Iceland’s most spectacular areas. Stop to admire the blue-green Lake Frostastaðavatn, and the high-walled Ljótipollur crater, formed in 1477 and filled with a stunning, cobalt-blue lake.

Delve deep into Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wilderness of lava fields and multihued mountains stained in a rainbow of colors by their rhyolite volcanic rock. View the pink, brown, red, green, yellow, purple, and black slopes, and break for a packed lunch (purchased previously, at own expense).

Next, choose to take a hike through the hills, or skip the hike and bathe in some natural hot springs among the lava fields. Bask in the warm waters, and If you’ve chosen to take the hike, take a dip after your walk. Alternatively, choose to explore the area on foot independently.

Then, drive through the lava fields and mountains of the Dómadalur area, and see the Thjofafoss waterfall. Learn how ‘thjofafoss’ means thieves, and is derived from the thieves who were tied up and thrown into the falls by the ancient Vikings.

Finally, take a walk in the lava hills by the Hekla volcano. Known as the ‘Gateway of Hell,’ Hekla last erupted in 2000, and is Iceland’s most active volcano.

Your tour then ends with a hotel drop-off in Reykjavik.
Stop At:  
Hjalparfoss (Waterfall of Help) or, officially, a pair of waterfalls that join where the rivers Fossa and Fjorsa meet and fall from the lava field at an angle of about 45 degrees from each other, from about the same height, and their cascades merge as they fall into a serene pool. The water that flows from Hjalparfoss feeds the second largest hydroelectric dam in the country, just downstream.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Sigoldufoss Falls, one of the beasts of the landscape of the Icelandic highlands, was transformed during the construction of the hydroelectric power station. For centuries it has been part of the Tungna glacial river. When the Sigalda power plant was built, the glacial water was redirected into a tunnel to turn the turbines. In place of the old river, only a small stream now flows (in comparison with the former powerful glacial river) of beautiful blue-green spring water that feeds the waterfall.
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Our make destination for a day is Landmannalauagar, the home for Laugavegur and many other notable trails, including the path onto the mighty mountain Brennisteinsalda (Sulphur Wave). Visitors can also traverse the trail up the Blahnjukur (Blue Pick) volcano, whose summit allows for a sweeping view of up to five glaciers on clear days. There are six marked hiking trails prepared here for tourists. To more or less get acquainted with the lava fields and formations, to see the colored mountains of Landmannalaugar, we recommend following route 1 (4 km. 1,5-2 hours) along the Laugahraun lava field, the mountain Brennisteinsalda, and Graenagil (Green Canyon), or on the route 2 (5,7 km. 2,5-3,5 hours) along with the Blauhnjukkur volcano. And, of course, we plan to relax and bask in the natural hot springs near the camping site.
Duration: 4 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Volcano Hekla
On the way back we shall use a road through the Domadalur valley and get close to Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland. It has been the inspiration for many myths and legends and has produced more lava fields than you will find anywhere else. Despite erupting as recently as the year 2000, thankfully, the volcano now stays dormant, but regularly monitored by scientists for any volcanic activity.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • A maximum of 4 people per booking. Tours of more than 4 may be operated in separate SUV´s
  • Operates in different weather conditions, please dress appropriately, hiking shoes are recommended
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Top Iceland Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Landmannalaugar & Highlands of Iceland. Private Day Tour?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
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What is the policy on sanitization during Landmannalaugar & Highlands of Iceland. Private Day Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Landmannalaugar & Highlands of Iceland. Private Day Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Landmannalaugar & Highlands of Iceland. Private Day Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Landmannalaugar & Highlands of Iceland. Private Day Tour?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 4 travelers.

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