Landmannalaugar is a area part of Fjallabak Nature Reserve located in the highlands of Iceland. The area is really unique, surrounded with colorful rhyolite mountains and black lava field called Laugahraun which was formed in an eruption in 1477. Landmannalaugar offers a great variety of geological formation and is definitely one of Iceland’s most magnificent places to visit.
Landmannalaugar is best known for its natural geothermal hot springs and beautiful and rare landscape. Many tourists visit Landmannalaugar every year but the area offers so many exciting hiking trails, everything from short and easy hikes to longer hikes that can take few days, so something for everyone. The hikes offer many amazing photo opportunities on the way of all kinds of natural phenomenon like colorful mountains and canyons, lava, mud pools, hot springs and rivers. After the hike it is very relaxing to dip in the geothermal baths, so don't forget to bring swimsuit and towel.
The most popular hiking trails in Landmannalaugar are the 2 hour hike through Laugahraun lava field to Mt. Brennisteinsalda, 1 hour hike up mt. Bláhjúkur and the 4 hour hike to Ljótipollur crater lake.
Landmannalaugar are also the starting point for the famous hiking trail Laugavegur that ends in Þórsmörk. The hike usually takes about four to five days, but with one or two more days the trekking can be extended all the way to Skógar through Fimmvörðuháls between the two glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. All major hiking trails in the area are well market and it is recommended that people stay on those trails for their own safety and protection of the nature.
The Icelandic Touring Association (FÍ) operates a mountain hut at Landmannalaugar with sleeping bag accommodation for 78 people. The huts need to be booked in advance.
There is a camping ground at Landmannalaugar that doesn't have to be booked.
Toilets and showers are available for everyone to use
Buses from Reykjavik and other towns run daily
If driving by yourself you have to have a 4WD and cross rivers. There are parking lots next to the rivers so it is possible to park the car there and walk over the walking bridge to Landmannalaugar.
Note Landmannalaugar are inside the protected area of Fjallabak so it is important to read the signs in the area and follow all rules.