Why we love this tour
Three day package tour Bathe in the stunning geothermal natural pool in mid winter Enjoy being alone with nature Surrounded by the stars and the dancing northern lights
When Icelanders want to treat themselves they climb on board a Super Jeep and head for Landmannalaugar during wintertime. On a journey of unforeseen adventures and constant challenges, they take on the unpredictable highlands and face new experiences during every tour. There are no disappointments, no failures. Everything that happens is part of the journey. It is all about embracing the moment. Nothing beats the beauty of starlit skies perfected by the dance of the Northern Lights.
** This tour includes the Golden Circle on the last day **
With local spirit we invite you to leave city life behind and join us on our three day Landmannalaugar tour, an experience that gives you a totally new dimension winter travel, a tour in which guests and staff blend into a team, taking an active part in all the upcoming adventures.
We pick you up in the morning at your hotel and drive towards the valley of Thjorsardalur where we get a view to the volcano,Hekla, which we get closer to on our way into the highlands. Hekla was believed to be the gateway to hell in the middle ages. This cone shaped volcano is made up of a series of ridges and it is one of Iceland’s most famous and active volcanoes which last erupted in the year 2000.
If you begin your day with bathing in the pool before breakfast this may start you wondering about the geothermal heat in the area. The mountains encircling the area are mostly formed from sour magma which was cooked in the magna chamber of a volcano located by the glacier of Torfajokull south of Landmannalaugar. The Torfajokull area is the country´s second largest high temperature geothermal area. The sour magma and the geothermal heat are located within a huge chamber which is the largest of its kind in Iceland.
During breakfast we plan the day according to snow conditions, weather and your own preferences. Some examples are: a snowmobile tour in the area, a hike to the numerous interesting locations nearby, a ride with your guide in the modified Super Jeep to nearby lakes and interesting locations. Or even – if you are in the mood, just relaxing in the hot pool outside and enjoying the peace.
In the evening we prepare a delicious barbecue dinner, enjoy life in the lodge, embrace the solitude and of course, the hot pool outside is open around the clock.
After breakfast we leave the peacefulness of Landmannalaugar and head for the dam at Hrauneyjar where we stop for lunch. From there we drive through Thjorsardalur on to the Golden Circle route which takes us first to the majestic Gullfoss Falls(the “Golden Falls”). This waterfall is in the glacial river Hvita which flows from the lake Hvitarvatn and glacier Langjokull which is the second biggest glacier in Iceland. Gullfoss is 32 metres high but it plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m).
Next we come to the geothermal field of Geysir with hundreds of hot springs of all types, most with boiling water – and a few of them are geysers. Geysir, one of the most famous hot springs in the world, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a spouting hot spring) derives from the Icelandic “Geysir”.
We then head on to Thingvellir, via Laugarvatn village. Sometimes called the heart of Iceland, Thingvellir was declared a National Park in 1930. A law was passed designating Thingvellir as “a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged”.
Weather circumstances, snow and road conditions all play a big role in our tour so the travelling time can vary greatly. Time of arrival in Reykjavik is estimated to be in the early evening at dinner time.
What's included and excluded
- Hotel pick up
- Guided tour
- Accommodation in sleeping bags in a mountain lodge with shared facilities for two nights (dorm type)
- Sleeping bags
- Meals (breakfast x2, dinner x2, lunch x1) and snow scooter driving (when conditions allow)
- Helmets for the snowmobile ride
- The sights of the Golden Circle on Day 3.
What you need to know
Pick up between: 09:00
Duration: 3 days
Minimum requirements: 8 years old
Season:Nov – Apr
On Sundays, except during Christmas and New Years, see booking engine for details.
Remember to bring:
Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells, warm wool socks, hats and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer. Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must and it is good to have slippers for the lodge. Travel pillows, ear plugs and pyjamas are also good things to bring along. Don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel.
Please note that we urgently need to know about any special dietary needs or allergies when you book the tour.