Landmannalaugar (What To See - Highlands)

Landmannalaugar (What To See - Highlands)
The breathtaking scenery in Landmannlaugar is a mixture of the colorful Rhyolite mountains, black lava fields, yellow and green moss, and hot springs. One of Icelands most famous natural pools is located in Landmannalaugar, ideal for a relaxing bath after hiking and exploring this highland pearl.
The area is an absolute paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Icelands most popular hiking trail, Laugavegur, leads to the Landmannalaugar Oasis offering scenic views of the unspoiled nature of the highlands.

Landmannlaugar is 600 meters above sea level and is the second largest geothermal area in Iceland. There are not any paved roads to Landmannalaugar and the so called F roads are gravel roads are usually quite rough and in order to drive them a 4x4 is needed. Most visitors arrive by car or by highland bus during the summer, but in the spring, the roads are closed and impassable due to spring thaw and usually do not open until around mid-June or sometimes even later. To get to Landmannalaugar by bus from Reykjavík, it takes usually a little more than 4 hours. In winter, Landmannlaugar is only accessible by specially modified super jeeps or snowmobiles.

There are numerous hiking trails in the vicinity of Landmannalaugar. These are the most popular hikes: Hike through Laugahraun Lava field: Distance about 4,3 km and takes about 2 hours. Hike to Mt. Bláhnúkur: Distance about 6 km and takes 2,5 to 3,5 hours. Hike to Mt. Brennisteinsalda: Distace about 6,5 km and takes 2 to 3 hours. Hike the loop Bláhnúkur and Brennisteinsalda: Distance about 10 km and takes about4 – 6 hours. Hike to Ljótipollur: Distance about 13 km and takes 4 to 6 hours. Most of these hiking trails are quite steep.

There is a mountain lodge in Landmannalaugar, owned by a touring club and you can either stay there or camp in the camping grounds. Near the camping and the lodge there are restrooms and showers. To use these facilities you need to pay a fee to the warden at the lodge. In order to get all the way to the lodge and camping grounds by car, you need to cross an unbridged river but if you prefer not to ford the river, you can park before crossing the river and walk across a small walking bridge about 500 meters from the lodge and camping site.

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