Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Landmannalaugar at sunset
Landmannalaugar sign
Landscape at Landmannalaugar
Landmannalaugar camping
Landmannalaugar lava field

Landmannalaugar at a Glance

Landmannalaugar is located in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Iceland highlands, east of Hella and at the edge of Laugahraun lava field. This spot is known for its amazing landscape and its natural geothermal hot springs.  The result of an eruption that occurred towards the end of the 15th century (approximately), there is plenty for tourists to see and do here.

The Landmannalaugar area is an excellent place for camping, is renowned for its hiking trails, and those who like swimming should enjoy the hot spring river and the magnificent colorful rock formations that surround it. Landmannalaugar can be accessed via four routes, one of which is suitable for regular cars, although the road is rough and stony. As far as hiking is concerned, some of the most popular trails are 1) the one-hour hike to Mt Bláhnjúkur, 2) the two-hour hike to Mt Brennisteinsalda through the Laugahraun lava field, and 3) the four-hour hike to Ljótipollur lake. The 13km long Jokulgil gorge is just one of the gorges and gullies that split the mountains, and it is possible to walk all the way to the end when the river permits.  Part of a larger nature reserve, Landmannalaugar can also be used as the set-off point for longer hikes, such as the three to four day Hellismannaleið route, the Sprengisandur route, and the Laugavegur route (also called "The Landmannalaugar Trail"). The area also accommodates Icelandic horse riding every summer, and this mode of transport allow visitors to access places that are inaccessible by car and hard to reach on foot.

As well as the camping, hiking, and sightseeing, visitors can also indulge in a spot of arctic char fishing at Landmannalaugar and in lakes close by. Many hiking routes can be extended by one or two days, such as the Laugavegur route which can be taken as far as Skógar near the coast, and adventurers are well catered for with plenty of huts along the way.