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Landmannalaugar Hot Springs and Hike in the Highlands

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Reykjavík, Iceland
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Safety measures
icon11 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the waterfalls, volcanoes and hot pools of south Iceland’s Landmannalauger region on this day trip from Reykjavik. Traveling by coach, behold the barren beauty of Landmannalauger, located in the spectacular Highlands of Iceland, an area of rocky deserts, multicolored mountains and geothermal springs. Learn how volcanic eruptions and lava streams have shaped the landscapes through the ages; visit Hjalparfoss waterfall; stop to bathe in a natural warm-water pool; and gaze up at mighty Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano.
  • See southern Iceland's natural beauty
  • Visit Hjalparfoss waterfall and admire Landmannalauger's colorful mountains
  • Relax in a natural pool and see the Hekla volcano
  • Round-trip transportation by coach from central Reykjavik
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English speaking tour guide
Transport by 4x4 bus
Service fee in Landmannalaugar
WiFi on board
Meals are not included in the tour, unless mentioned in the itinerary.
Optional gratuities

Departure Point

Hverfisgata 4, 101 Reykjavík, Iceland

Departure Time

8:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, relax into your air-conditioned coach and journey into south Iceland. As you travel, take in the stark landscapes and hear about the country’s volcanic history from your informative guide.

Venture into the region known as the Highlands of Iceland — an area of blackened rocky deserts, volcanoes, ice caps, hot springs and weather-beaten mountain peaks. Then, admire the scenery as you head into the Landmannalauger area: a geothermal region in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve sometimes known as the ‘The Pearl of the Central Highlands.’

Ogle the multicolored rocky mountains as you venture on an easy hike through the Pjorsardalur Valley, and learn how the different colors have been formed by centuries of volcanic eruptions. Stop to view the double cascades of the Hjalparfoss waterfall, and hear how the vegetation around the fall made it a vital watering stop for early Icelandic travelers and their horses.

Then, take a break at one of Landmannalauger’s natural geothermal pools. If you wish, take a dip in the soothing, hot waters and lie back to absorb the idyllic backdrop of jagged mountains and dark lava fields.

Back aboard your coach, drive west to see Iceland's most active and famous volcano, Hekla. Hear how it was once believed to be an entrance to hell, and how its eruptions through the centuries have coated the landscapes in thick layers of pumice and ash.

Later, cross the scenic Hellisheidi plateau, passing through wild, open heathlands on your drive back to Reykjavik, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

Please note: this tour operates from June to September only
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Hjalparfoss
From the city of Reykjavik you’ll journey through the striking landscape of southern Iceland and into Thjorsardalur valley. Once you enter the valley you’ll have the chance to explore the area around Hjalparfoss, a lovely double waterfall.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Ljótipollur View Point
Then you’ll make your first stop in the highlands at Hnausapollur crater lake. The lake’s still waters, surrounded by vegetation and black and red volcanic pumice makes for an extraordinary sight.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Landmannalaugar
Your guide will take you on an easy hike around the area of Laugahraun, and show you the amazing lava fields, rhyolite mountains and other natural wonders.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Landmannalaugar
Take a bath in the hot spring and enjoy the soothing warm water.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Volcano Hekla
One of Iceland's most notorious volcanoes, with frequent eruptions and often large lava flows and heavy ash fall.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • The supplier reserves the right to amend or cancel the itinerary if weather is not permitting
  • It is recommended to wear hiking boots on the tour, and passengers should bring a towel and swimsuit if they want to bathe in the hot pool
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Gray Line Iceland

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.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Landmannalaugar Hot Springs and Hike in the Highlands?
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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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Landmannalaugar Hot Springs and Hike in the Highlands?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Landmannalaugar Hot Springs and Hike in the Highlands?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Landmannalaugar Hot Springs and Hike in the Highlands.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Landmannalaugar Hot Springs and Hike in the Highlands?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 99 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Landmannalaugar Hot Springs and Hike in the Highlands.

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Fantastic tour! Such beautiful...
john a
, Aug 2017
Fantastic tour! Such beautiful sites and the tour guide was wonderful. I highly recommend this lovely tour! Amazing beauty!
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SO COLD (for me, at least) but so...
brianna.reyes001
, Mar 2017
SO COLD (for me, at least) but so fun! There were some errors with miscommunication once we got to Landmannalauger which made it so that most of our group missed out on going in the hot spring. I was actually really bummed out about that, but it certainly didn't ruin the day. Bring layers though!
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This place was unbelievable you have...
Rizkiakbar
, Sep 2016
This place was unbelievable you have to see with your eyes to believe this majestic natural landscape. The tour was amazing, with the superb tour guide. She explained everything so detail, which is so good. Along the way, the guide makes several stops such as hidden waterfalls and so on. And when you arrive in Landmannalauger, you can choose whether to hike to see the amazing rainbow mountain or just relax and take a dip in natural hot spring area. I would highly recommend to all of you to hike around 1.5 hour - 2 hour and see how great the layers of lava create the landscapes.
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Looooooonnnnnnggggg bus rides to and...
roscoeaj
, Aug 2016
Looooooonnnnnnggggg bus rides to and from. But well worth upon arrival.
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It was as the guide himself said a...
John W
, Jul 2016
It was as the guide himself said a strange day. As a teacher I sympathised with him: a group of Chinese girls talked over him during his attempts to explain what we were seeing and he lost his temper - quite justifiably. Unfortinately he appeared to blame everyone on the bus when everyone else was actually listening and interested - and were as annoyed by the disrespect shown by the girls as he was. It reminded me of the awkwardness fekt when everyone is made to feel guilty because of one person's misdemeanours. Apart from that the trip packs in a lot: 2 waterfalls, a boat trip on the ice lagoon pretty cool, the black volcanic beach at Vik and a couple of comfort stops. The ice lagoon is the obvious highlight and it is quite a long drive to get there so you'll need to be ready for a 7am start and a 9.30-10pm return to Reykjavik.
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Amazing scenery. Definitely a place to...
Ilya G
, Jun 2016
Amazing scenery. Definitely a place to visit! Guide was great!
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Just a full day is spectacular...
tracytassell
, Jun 2016
Just a full day is spectacular scenery. A great funny guide. The hike was solid but good fun. The colors of the mountains have to be seen to be believed
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Very beautiful, when it rains it...
Deudney
, Nov 2015
Very beautiful, when it rains it rains sideways wear waterproof and warm clothes. If you have a bad back the bus ride will be painful
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Fantastic Tour! We had 5 day trips...
RM
, Sep 2015
Fantastic Tour! We had 5 day trips during our stay in Iceland and this one was the best! Landmannalaugar is definitely the most amazing a MUST-SEE! place in Iceland and we enjoyed the 4 hours we had there so much! Even the long road to Landmannalaugar was enjoyable, wonderful landscapes and in some places the surface was just like on the moon! You have to see this!
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We had a great tour guide and loved...
Llewellyn C
, Sep 2015
We had a great tour guide and loved learning about and seeing all the amazing sites!
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