July through August
12 hours of exploring Iceland’s Highlands
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.
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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.
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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?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
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.
What you get in this adventure:
- A local Amarok Adventures guide
- Entrance to tourist hotspots
- Permits are taken care of for you
- Transportation throughout the adventure
What’s not included:
- 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.
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.
With 57hours, you benefit from both our own cancellation policy as well as that of the individual guiding service that delivers your adventure. All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure, but rest assured that our own cancellation policy will work on top of what is provided by your guide.
For this adventure, 57hours offers a Moderate Cancellation Policy, which states:
If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. For cancellations fourteen (14) to twenty nine (29) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. For cancellations zero (0) to thirteen (13) days in advance, the Client is not entitled to any refund.
For more information on terms and conditions, please visit our Terms of Service page.
In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, the guide can cancel the departure at most two months before the start of the trip.
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.