Landmannalaugar and Throsmork are located in the southern part of the Icelandic Highlands. The two sites are by far the most beloved hiking destinations in all of Iceland.
It is another valley about 55 kilometers (34 miles) away from Landmannalaugar. It is nestled in between glaciers and filled with green birch forests and surrounded by sharp, mossy mountain ridges. While Landmannalaugar barely has any vegetation, Thórsmörk is rich in rare Arctic flowers, trees, and many types of mosses, all of which provide an ideal habitat for a great number of bird species and the adorable Arctic foxes.
Landmannalaugar is a vibrant geothermal area. It is a valley filled with black lava fields and geothermal hot springs and enclosed by colorful rhyolite mountains. The red, blue, yellow, green, purple, white, and black patches paint the landscapes with surreal colors, making it enchanting and otherworldly. There are a large base camp, huts and a campsite in the valley next to a natural hot spring which is available to bathe in free of charge, all year round!
The tour is made up of two separate one-day hikes
On the first day, we will drive to Thórsmörk, crossing several rivers along the way. After leaving our modified highland car behind in the valley, we will hike up to the famous Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass. If the weather allows us, we will climb up to the volcanic craters that were formed during the Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010.
The next day, we will have the chance to hike one of the numerous amazing trails in Landmannalaugar and bathe in the natural hot spring. We will spend the night in a country hotel in South Iceland.
After the hike, we will drive back to Reykjavík and drop you off near your accommodation.
(Please note that the order of the tours can be changed due to availability)
We’ll collect you from one of our designated Reykjavik pick-up points and make the scenic drive along the South Coast to the Highlands. On our way, we’ll make a brief stop at the glorious Seljalandsfoss waterfall – famed for being the only waterfall ...)
We’ll collect you from one of our designated Reykjavik pick-up points and make the scenic drive along the South Coast to the Highlands. On our way, we’ll make a brief stop at the glorious Seljalandsfoss waterfall – famed for being the only waterfall in Iceland that you can walk behind.
Our journey through the Highlands is quite exhilarating – taking us along some bumpy gravel roads and across several icy glacial streams. The landscape is straight out of Norse myth and we’ll pass sprawling glacier tongues, craggy mountain ridges, and fascinating rock formations. You’ll soon understand why trolls, elves, and giants all play prominent roles in Icelandic legend!
We’ll head to the very heart of Thórsmörk Valley – an emerald oasis nestled between two glaciers, which was supposedly created by a single blow of Thor’s mighty hammer. We’ll leave the vehicle there and begin our hike. The ascent is slow, to begin with meandering towards the top of the valley, then as it starts to get steeper, spectacular views will start to unfold before your eyes. They reach a crescendo when we reach a wide plateau that offers panoramas across the entire Highlands.
We’ll get back on the trail once again and start to climb towards the famous Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass. On the way, we’ll stop at Magni and Modi – two vast volcanic craters that were carved into the Earth by the notorious Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010. The scenery is truly incredible – a volcanic wonderland of lava sculptures and vicious craters, surrounded by glaciers and mountains – the epitome of the land of fire and ice. If we’re lucky and the weather is clear, then we might see the rainbow-colored Landmannalaugar Mountains in the distance.
The hike is challenging and is ideal for people who want to push their limits amidst majestic natural scenery. The total elevation gained is around 800 meters and we’ll walk for 16 kilometers, but the beauty of Thórsmörk and the surrounding area makes it well worth the effort.
Once we have conquered its peak – we’ll head back down to Thórsmörk, see some more incredible views and then drive to a comfortable country hotel, where we will spend the evening.
Distance: 16 km
Day two begins with a hearty Icelandic breakfast at the hotel, before we hop in our bus and make the scenic drive to Landmannalaugar. We’ll pass through jet black volcanically scarred deserts, along with the famous Hekla volcano on the way. We’ll rea...)
Day two begins with a hearty Icelandic breakfast at the hotel, before we hop in our bus and make the scenic drive to Landmannalaugar. We’ll pass through jet black volcanically scarred deserts, along with the famous Hekla volcano on the way. We’ll reach the Landmannalaugar basecamp and have a quick bite to eat amidst the colorful valley surrounded by rhyolite mountains.
We’ll be hiking the first section of the world-famous Laugavegur Trail – rated as one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic. It starts at the basecamp and takes us through the Laugahraun lava field, which is surrounded by fields of glassy obsidian. We’ll also be surrounded by the rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains that make the route so famous.
Our final destination will be Mount Brennisteinsalda – known as the sulfur wave thanks to the colored spots on its slopes. The trail then splits, taking us to an emerald canyon called Graenagil. If we have time, then we’ll climb to the top of Bláhnjúkur volcano (the Blue Peak) for a spectacular view over the entire area.
The adventure ends with a relaxing soak in the Landmannalaugar hot pool, which has been used by weary travelers for centuries – the perfect end to an awesome two-days.
This hike is around 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) long and takes approximately, 4-6 hours, with a maximum ascent of 503 meters / 1650 feet.
Distance: 10 km
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