Landmannalaugar Hiking, Nature Bath & Háifoss Tour
Landmannalaugar is one of the hidden gems of Iceland. Most visitors to our shores stick to more easily accessible regions such as the Golden Circle or the southern coastline. Landmannalaugar on the other hand requires special 4x4 vehicles to access. This extra effort is well worth it for the astounding and unique landscapes that await you.
From hiking trails through ancient lava fields and rolling rhyolite hills, bathing in hot-springs to beautiful sites such as Hjálparafoss waterfall and Hnausapollur volcanic crater lake, there is something for everyone on our Landmannalaugar tour. Join us then on our highland bus and visit the beautiful Landmannalaugar.
Háifoss & Granni Waterfalls
We make a stop at these waterfalls both of which drop over 100 meters to the canyon below. Háifoss is the larger both in height and volume and is in fact Iceland´s 4th highest falls. Granni, literally meaning neighbor cascades over a few levels before reaching the bottom.
The falls are the end point of the Fossá river, itself a tributary of the larger Þjórsá river.
The falls are most voluminous is spring when the snow is the valleys above begins the melt.
This is the only day tour that visits Háifoss.
Our first stop is on the way to Landmannalaugar is Hjálparafoss. Located in Þjórsárdalur valley, Hjálparafoss is a double pronged waterfall framed by stunning basalt formations, remnants of an eruption at the nearby Hekla volcano. The falls are actually the culmination and meeting point of two rivers, the Þjórsá (Iceland´s longest river) and the Fossá.
The pool which forms at the base of the falls in olden times offered relief and water to weary travelers from the north, which led to its name, which translates to Help Falls in English.
Hnausapollur Volcanic Crater Lake
This crater lake is an underappreciated gem. Naturally places that are easy to reach attract more eyes and hype but Iceland is dotted with many hidden gems like this crater. Though less famous than the similar Kerið, Hnausapollur is well worth a visit. This crater was formed during the massive simultaneous eruption of Barðabunga and Torfajökull volcanoes, over 1200 years ago.
Also known as Bláhlynur, a reference to the turquoise blue hue of the water.
Landmannalaugar is a highland region which forms part of the 470m2 Fjallabak nature reserve.
The area usually becomes accessible for day tours in June, depending on the degree of havoc caused to the roads by the spring meltwaters. This rough F-road is one to avoid in anything but 4x4 vehicles. Luckily for you, our sturdy highland bus is up to the challenge.
Famous for its colorful unique terrain with rhyolite hills and lava fields, this is a hiker´s paradise. Your guide will take you on the trail with wonderful photo opportunities and a well-earned sense of accomplishment your reward. And what better way to end a hike than to soak your weary feet in a hot-spring. Just remember to bring your swimsuit!
Landmannalaugar also serves as the start and end point for Iceland´s most popular trek, the 55km Laugarvegur trail to Thorsmörk.
After our time together in Landmannalaugar, we embark on the journey back west, arriving to the city in time for you to catch a late dinner.
- Professional guide
- Free WiFi
- Guided hiking tour
- Resort fees and geothermal hot-springs fee
What's not included
- Pickup and drop off
- Food and drinks
What do I need to bring
- Warm, water- and windproof clothing are always useful in Iceland.
- All tickets are e-tickets so there is no need to print them out.
- There are no restaurants on location so we recommend bringing a packed lunch. There is a highland shop on location where snacks can be purchased but opening times are unreliable.
- Swimsuit and towels
- Good hiking clothes and comfortable shoes
- Food and drinks are not included but can be purchased on the way, there is time allocated for lunch
- The duration of the tour is 13 hours. Please be aware that the tour could run long if affected by bad weather or other delays.