Landmannalaugar is a pearl in the highlands of Iceland, situated in the nature reserve Fjallabak. Located at the edge of the Laugahraun lava field, which was formed during a volcanic eruption around the year 1477.
Landmannalaugar is known for its beautiful landscape, geothermal hot springs and hiking trails - the surrounding nature is breathtaking. The most popular trails include a two-hour walk through the Laugahraun lava field to Mount Brennisteinsalda, a one, and a half-hour climb up Mount Bláhnjúkur, and a hike to the Ljotipollur crater lake that takes about four hours. Landmannalaugar is also the starting point of many larger hikes; a hike from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk (5 days), to Hellismannaleið that leads to the volcano Hekla (4 days), and then crossing the desert plateau at Sprengisandur.
At the heart of Landmannalaugar in the summer season, you'll find a camping site, and a hut run by the Icelandic Touring Association that can accommodate 110 people, in dormitories with showers and toilets. There is a "Mountain Supermarket", a converted school bus, which serves as a cafe and a small food store, you'll find their prices rather high. There's an agency that offers horseback riding tours.
Mid / late June to mid-September you can drive from the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, to Skaftafellm or Myvatn (in July) to get to Landmannalaugar and stay a few hours or a few days. You can choose to join a guided tour where you learn a lot about the region and once there, you will be giving some free time to walk around, or you can soak in the hot springs at Landmannalaugar. See www.landmannalaugartours.com for more information.
You can check road conditions yourself at www.road.is. The roads are open from mid-June to mid-September, although this can vary. Although a classic car might do the trick if you take Route 208 from Hrauneyar, north, we highly recommend you go there with a 4x4 because the road may be chaotic. If you go in a classic vehicle, you ...