The Landmannalaugar tour is the one of the top ways to have an otherworldly experience in Iceland. We will take you from the city, from civilization, and into the mountains. The volcanic wilderness seems to stretch out into infinity. The barren landscape is a study in contrasts, with strikingly stark black lava fields juxtaposed against bright green moss and vivid blue skies. As you explore this otherworldly wilderness, you’ll be transported to a realm that’s both hauntingly desolate and breathtakingly beautiful.
After about two hours of driving we come to our first leg-stretcher of the day, Hjálparfoss Waterfall. Hjálparfoss Waterfall is a spectacular natural wonder located in southern Iceland, which is actually a part of the river Fossá. The water cascades down two separate falls from a height of 10 meters (33 feet) into a tranquil pool. From there, the river flows a bit further south before joining the mighty Þjórsá river.
Visitors can stand on a rocky outcrop at the edge of the pool to admire the stunning view of the cascading water. Additionally, the waterfall is framed by jagged cliffs, which offer a breathtaking backdrop.
As we head on closer to the highlands we make another stop at an even more impressive waterfall, Háifoss Waterfall. What sets Háifoss apart from other waterfalls in Iceland is its stunning setting, surrounded by dramatic landscapes of volcanic rock formations and verdant green hillsides and it’s height. It’s free fall totals 122 meters!
For those that are as obsessed with waterfalls as we are, we can optionally make one more waterfall stop, at the Sigöldufoss Waterfall. Sigöldufoss Waterfall is a part of the Tungnaá River and drops from a height of 15 meters (49 feet) into a picturesque pool below. What makes Sigöldufoss unique is its striking blue color, which is due to the hydroplant that was built on the river in the 1990s.
Now we’re really entering the highlands, and navigating carefully, taking the right turn, the “Valley of Tears” appears, as an oasis of life from the apocalyptic volcanic environment. The canyon is known for it’s multitude of tiny waterfalls flowing down from the rims of the canyon. Hence the nickname mentioned earlier, “Valley of Tears” as it references the delicate and gentle nature of the cascading water.
What ensues after the mesmerizing experience of the Sigöldugljúfur Canyon is a journey through black, volcanic, territory littered with sand, lava rocks and craters. Finally, we reach Landmannalaugar.
The area is home to some of Iceland’s most spectacular hiking trails, including the famous Laugavegur Trail, which winds through volcanic landscapes, past glaciers, and into the heart of the country’s remote wilderness. The strongest characteristic of Landmannalaugar are the rhyolite mountains, these mountains are made up of volcanic rock that has been shaped and colored by centuries of volcanic activity and erosion.
What makes the rhyolite mountains so special is their vibrant colors. The volcanic rock is rich in minerals such as iron and magnesium, which give the mountains their distinctive shades of red, yellow, green, and purple. The colors are especially vivid in the sunlight, making the mountains a photographer’s dream.
Pick up: 08:30 from your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík.
Trip Duration: 12 hours.
Includes: The Arctic Trucks super jeep and professional driverguide.
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, swimming suit and towel, good shoes, snacks for the day and your camera.
Meals: No meals are included on this tour, we stop at Hrauneyjar where you can buy some lunch.
Itinerary. We reserve the right to amend itineraries and routing if needed due to safety, weather and/or current road conditions etc.