July through August
12 hours of exploring Iceland’s Highlands
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Scale volcanoes then relax in Landmannalaugar’s hot pools
Landmannalaugar, located in the heart of Fjallabak Nature Reserve, has been keeping Icelanders toasty for centuries with its soothing hot springs. This geothermal valley is one of the most stunning hiking trails in the country and a popular starting point for the legendary Laugavegur Trail. On this 12-hour hiking adventure in the Icelandic Highlands, you’ll trek through ever-changing volcanic landscapes, past rainbow-hued mountains and azure lakes reflecting the sky, finishing the day in the valley’s inviting hot springs. One thing’s for certain: it will take you no time to warm up to Landmannalaugar Valley.
Landmannalaugar Day Hiking Adventure
Your 12-hour day begins with a drive through the scenic and remote Icelandic Highlands. Once you reach Landmannalaugar, you’ll head to the show stopping volcanic craters and hike to the top of 940-meter high Mount Bláhnúkur. Depending on your group, you will hike 8-10 kilometers over the day, rewarding you with the most magnificent views of the area. To top it off, a dip in the geothermal natural pool awaits you and your tired muscles. It’s a full day filled with adventure and wonder that only Iceland’s untouched nature can provide.
Things you need to know
COVID-19 measures in Iceland
Iceland borders are opening on June 15th. Passengers arriving in Iceland need to choose between sitting in quarantine for 14 days or taking a COVID-19 test. Testing will be free of charge until the end of June, while a 15,000 ISK (about $115) will be charged afterwards. Children born in 2005 or later do not need to be tested.
Official COVID-19 updates by the Icelandic Government for travellers are available on this link: https://www.covid.is/announcements
Why should I book with 57hours?
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Why should I go hiking?
Cars just don’t do Iceland justice. Why view this breathtaking landscape passively through a window, when you can walk on the volcanic ground beneath you and smell the tiny arctic flowers scattered across the ink black ground? Hiking is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Iceland’s striking terrain and experience the untouched nature around you.
This is what you’ll get on this adventure:
- A local Amarok Adventures guide
- Entrance to tourist hotspots
- Permits are taken care of for you
- Transportation throughout the adventure
- Country Visa
- Travel insurance
What can I expect from hiking with a guide?
Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Iceland’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike and will transport you to and from the destination. Iceland also has notoriously fickle weather, but your guide will know just what to do if the weather takes a turn or something unexpected happens.
What do I need to bring?
Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Water bottle
- Hiking boots
- Spare clothes for layering
- Compass & map
- Toiletries (sunscreen, toilet paper, etc.)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
What’s the itinerary?
- Meet at a previously agreed upon location in Reykjavik, Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Hella or Hvolsvöllur. It’s also possible to meet on location.
- Drive through the Icelandic Highlands to Landmannalaugar
- Visit the volcanic craters of Hnausapollur & Ljótipollur
- Hike to the top of the 940-meter tall Bláhnúkur volcano
- Take a dip in a geothermal natural pool close to the Landmannalaugar campsite
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be able to hike for a full day with around 1000 meters of elevation gain, carrying a full daypack. The volcanic terrain can be challenging and the weather unforgiving. That said, if you are looking for adventure and up to the task of a full-day of trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.
What is the minimum age requirement?
Everybody over the age of 16 is welcome on this hiking adventure
What about group sizes?
For private tours, group size is four to six people per guide.
Because this tour requires a minimum enrollment of four people, if you are booking alone, your reservation is subject to change up until the last day if the minimum enrollment is not reached (but fear not, as that is rarely the case!).
What about bad weather?
Iceland is home to infamously unpredictable weather, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. The same white cloud shielding you from sunbeams can easily turn into a stormcloud plummeting hailstones within minutes. Rest assured, your guide will know the correct course of action if the weather throws a curveball.
All cancellations must be made by letter or e-mail. The guiding service reserves the right to keep fees to cover costs as follows:
100% of the trip price is refundable before you get the confirmation
50% of the trip price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure.
25% of the price of the trip is refundable if canceled 16 to 29 days before departure.
0% of the price is refundable if the trip is canceled 15 days before departure.
Confirmation of 30% must be paid at booking and full payment must have arrived 9 weeks prior to departure.
The guiding service reserves the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or canceled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and the staff. Clients takes full responsibility for meeting the physical fitness level requirement of the trip, and having all the required equipment that is described in the information provided to them. Clients that are physically unfit or not equipped for their tour can be dismissed from the tour at their own expense. No responsibility is accepted for losses or expenses due to delays, changes of flights or other services, as well as because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Guiding service does not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant’s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances, such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.
Do I need trip insurance?
It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere.
Global Rescue offers deals that cover everything from costly medical expenses, abruptly halted travel plans and even lost baggage. Make sure your insurance covers cancelations due to the pandemic.
Getting there and meeting location
Meeting location will be determined at the time of booking. You will be picked up in Reykjavik, Hveragerdi, Selfoss, Hella or Hvolsvöllur. It’s also possible to meet on location.