Landmannalaugar is a remote region in the Icelandic Highlands can be reached by self-driving in an appropriate four-wheel-drive vehicle, or by group tour. Helicopter tours are also an option for those looking to experience the region from above as well.
This area is known for its dramatic, colorful landscapes and the epic multi-day Laugavegur Trail trek. This famous trail connects Landmannalaugar with Thorsmork, another area of the highlands nestled between the three glaciers of Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Tindafjallajökull. Opportunities for bathing in the natural hot springs along the hiking route are part of what makes this such a unique experience. Hiking with a guide is encouraged.
This Guide to Landmannalaugar: Where to Hike, Stay and Play is an excellent resource for travelers looking to travel to this part of the highlands.
Duration: 3-4 hours (self-driving), Multiple days (organized tour)
Travelers departing from the capital city that are self-driving should embark onto the Ring Road (Route 1) before veering onto Route 26 just before the village of Hella. You will then turn onto the mountain road of Landmannaleid, which leads into the area of Landmannalaugar.
Organized tours depart from the city and offer camping accommodations for those interested in completing a multi-day trek. These tours are usually only available during the summer months of June through September.
Find out more about getting from Reykjavik to the Highlands.
From the Golden Circle
Duration: 3 hours
From one of the most famous attractions in Iceland, reaching Landmannalaugar is possible within approximately two and a half to three hours if coming from Geysir geothermal area or Gullfoss. Drivers can either take Route 30 to Route 32, then veering onto F26 and F208 (mountain roads), or take Route 30 south to take the Ring Road for a short drive until turning onto F26 and eventually Landmannaleid, leading into the area of Landmannalaugar.
From the South Coast
Duration: 3 hours (from Vik)
For a bit longer but more scenic drive from Keflavik or Reykjavik with opportunities to stop at several extra natural attractions, taking the South Coast route is a great choice. This route will take you past Vik, a fishing village near the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and onto F208, a mountain road. Day and multi-day tours are often available from mid-June to mid-September departing from Vik or Kirkjubæjarklaustur as well.