Landmannalaugar & Hekla

TOUR ID: AT-03

This one-day tour takes us to the delightful Landmannalaugar valley. Landmannalaugar, which translates as 'the people's pools' lies at the center of the Icelandic highlands.

We enter the highlands through the Þjórsádalur Valley which takes its name from Þjórsá river. It offers an extraordinary landscape of sandy lava fields, rivers, birch woods, bizarre rock formations and waterfalls. Our first stop is at Hjálparfoss (Help waterfall), one of Iceland’s loveliest waterfalls, and it’s the last bit of green that you’ll see before entering the extraordinary multi-colored rhyolite mountain scape of the highlands, a kaleidoscope of pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black and white sand.

Next, we arrive at the 'pearls of the highlands', the water-filled Ljótipollur, an explosion crater lake. It name translates as Ugly puddle but it’s anything but. The red crater walls create a stunning sight that you’ll be all too excited about photographing.

From there we head to the highlight of the tour, the wonderful area of Landmannalaugar, a place within the Fjallabak nature reserve. The landscape here is quite surreal and a favorite for hikers. Among the most popular routes for hikers are the Laugavegur trail which ends in the gorgeous Þórsmörk, and Hellismannaleið (The cave man route).

Here you have an opportunity to bathe in the natural hot springs of the Landmannalaugar oasis or take a short stroll around the area. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel if you’re interested in a geothermal bath.

From the warm pools of Landmannalaugar we make our way to the queen of active Icelandic volcanoes, Mount Hekla. Our specially modified jeeps drive to a height of 950 meters up the side of the volcano, from where you can enjoy the astounding views in all directions. As this is a long day, it might be possible to see the Northern lights at the end of the tour during the darkest of winter days.

Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdal

This waterfall is one of several waterfalls situated in the lava fields north of Hekla volcano. It is a double waterfall joined at its base in a large pool, surrounded by columnar basalt formations.

Ljótipollur

Ljótipollur is a crater lake near Landmannalaugar. The deepest part of the lake is 14 m and it is possible to catch the brown trout. The walls of the crater are an interesting colour red.

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar are a highland area with hot springs, colourful mountains and many hiking trails. It is located near Hekla volcano and a popular tourist destination. One of the most popular hiking trails in Iceland is a 4 day hike called Laugavegurinn and goes from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk.

Dómadalur

Dómadalur valley is located north of Landmannalaugar and Hekla volcano. Its elevation reaches 614 m. The route through Dómadalsleið can be difficult to drive due to the sensitivity of the area caused by water and snow.

Hekla

Hekla is one of the most famous volcanos in Iceland and is often referred to as the Queen of Icelandic Volcanoes. She last erupted in 2000 and is considered quite dangerous as it erupts with short notice.

SEASON: ALL YEAR

DURATION: 11 HOURS

LEVEL: EASY

PICK UP: 08:30 - 09:00

MIN.: 2 PERS. / 3. PERS WINTER

DEPART FROM: REYKJAVIK

WHAT TO BRING

Warm clothes

Warm gloves & hat

Waterproof/warm coat

Suitable footwear

SERVICE INCLUDED

English Speaking Driver Guide

SERVICE NOT INCLUDED

Refreshments

Toilet Fee

PLEASE NOTE

In Iceland all itineraries are designed to be flexible taking weather conditions into account. We reserve the right to change your itinerary or cancel it with your safety in mind. At Amazing tours your safety is our priority. All glacier and adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Participants must be aware that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk and are undertaken entirely at their own risk. Amazing Tours does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.

WHAT TO WEAR

Dress according to the weather. Please wear/bring warm, comfortable clothing and waterproof outer layer, sturdy hiking boots, gloves and wool/fleece hat.

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