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Landmannalaugar

Practical information on Landmannalaugar

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Essential
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
It's a 2 hour drive on the main road in a 4x4
When to go
June to September
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Landmannalaugar

Marielle Awad Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

The most beautiful place in Iceland! Landmannalaugar is a regionwith spectacular and unreal scenery.

My suggestion:
After a good hike, go for a swim in the hot water spring just one hundred metres away from the campsite and cabins. And take some thick extra clothes because it can be colder than anywhere else even in the summer.
My review

This area of spectacular scenery is where US astronauts train before a mission.

The lunar landscapes are breathtaking and the area is desert-like. You can only get there in the summer because the roads to inland Iceland are closed throughout the rest of the year when the weather conditions are too dangerous for crossing the ford which leads to the campsite. While hiking, you'll come across many sulphur fumaroles, black lava flows and impressive rocks, as well as patches of snow, even in the summer.

Before returning to the campsite, go swimming in a 40-degree hot water spring surrounded by mountains. It's a real moment of happiness. Getting out and into the cold is not quite as pleasant though, so make sure you remember your towels and fleeces and get dressed quickly!

The trek up Thorsmörk was highly recommended to me. It takes three days to complete and I've included it as part of my itinerary for my next trip to Iceland.

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