Set within the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in Iceland's southern highlands, Landmannalaugar is a popular hiking destination known for its various trails. You'll find incredibly scenic routes set amongst colorful rhyolite mountains, blue lakes, and geothermal hot springs—truly a hiker's paradise! It's just about 2.5 hours from Reykjavík.
There are various driving routes to Landmannalaugar, all reachable by Iceland's network of gravel mountain roads, often called F-roads. The easiest one avoids a river crossing yet offers impressive views of the Thjorsa Valley and several waterfalls, including Haifoss. The other scenic route takes you through the spooky Domadalur "Valley of Doom," but requires a couple of river crossings. Either way, the paths eventually converge as you pass Ljotipollur and Frostastadavatn Lakes.
Upon arrival in Landmannalaugar, purchase the official hiking map and choose from many exciting options. Even the short routes give you incredible views of the surrounding landscapes! Some popular hikes include Brennisteinsalda (the red mountain) and Blahnukur (the blue mountain), both offering an optional dip in the natural geothermal hot pool by the hut. If the sky is clear, then the view from Blahnukur is simply astonishing!
Landmannalaugar is also the starting point of the 33-mile (54-km) multi-day hut-to-hut Laugavegur Hike. The huts along the way are located at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field called Laugahraun, close to a few hot springs, which create excellent bathing conditions in a natural brook. You can stay overnight at either the campsite or in the huts.
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This trek will take you along the south side of the imposing Torfajökull Volcano with its distinctive red, pink, orange, and blue-green stone, past the deep blue Álftavötn Lakes, and into the black desert of Mælifellssandur. Enjoy some of Iceland's most unique, interesting landscapes as you cross the wilderness on foot.
From brightly colored rhyolite mountains in shades of red, pink, green, and gold to vast 500-year-old lava fields, this three-day trek will take you through the unique, exquisite landscape of Landmannalaugar. Experience unexpected views full of steaming hot springs, boiling mud pools, and raven-black fields of lava.
Embark on the famed Laugavegur Trail on this seven-day Icelandic trek. Journey through active, geothermal lava fields, the Rhyolite Mountains, and snow-covered passes. Cross through a black-sand desert and land in a native forest. Learn about wild and rare plants and animals, and soak in the hot springs along the way. This scenic-yet-basic camping trek allows you to maximize your time in this unique destination. You can choose to travel with just a day pack (luggage storage can be arranged), and you can opt for a guided or self-guided tour, depending on preference.