ABOUT THE TOUR
This one-day tour takes us to the delightful Landmannalaugar valley. Landmannalaugar, which translates as ‘the people’s pools’ lies at the center of the Icelandic highlands.
We enter the highlands through the Þjórsádalur Valley which takes its name from Þjórsá river. Our first stop is at Hjálparfoss (Help waterfall), one of Iceland’s loveliest waterfalls, and it’s the last bit of green that you’ll see before entering the extraordinary multi-coloured rhyolite mountain scape of the highlands, a kaleidoscope of pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black and white sand.
Next, we arrive at the ‘pearls of the highlands’, the water-filled Ljótipollur, an explosion crater lake. It name translates as Ugly puddle but it’s anything but. The red crater walls create a stunning sight that you’ll be all too excited about photographing.
From there we head to the highlight of the tour, the wonderful area of Landmannalaugar, a place within the Fjallabak nature reserve. The landscape here is quite surreal and a favourite for hikers. Here you have an opportunity to bathe in the natural hot spring or take a short stroll around the area. Be sure to bring your swimsuit and a towel if you’re interested in a geothermal bath.
From the warm pools of Landmannalaugar we make our way to the queen of active Icelandic volcanoes, Mount Hekla. Our specially modified jeeps drive to a height of 950 meters up the side of the volcano, from where you can enjoy the astounding views in all directions.
Please bring loose change for toilet fees, warm clothes, a camera and some snacks for the ride. The driver will be stopping at service stations should you wish to purchase something there.