Landmannalaugar boasts some multicolored rhyolite mountains. Our experienced driver guide with our robust 4×4 modified super jeep will take you to Landmannalaugar tucked in the center of the harsh highlands in a more exclusive part of Iceland with an opportunity to bathe in a natural hot spring river. Along the way we will also see Mount Hekla, Domadalur (Valley of the Doom, Hnausapollur (Bláhylur) turquoise blue crater lake and Hjalparfoss Waterfall.
Mount Hekla carries the name of Gateway to Hell. Despite its average height at 1491m, the volcano is famous due to its frequent activity. 10% of the tephra created in Iceland in the last thousand years has come from Hekla, amounting to 5 km3. The volcano has produced one of the largest volumes of lava of any in the world in the last millennium, around 8 km3. We will take a stop at lava fields so we can get a closer encounter to this volcano’s creation.
Domadalur means Valley of the Doom. In the warmer months the valley is covered with green moss and black volcanic ash, creating stark contrast on the valley’s contours. At the end of the Valley we will find Frostarstadavatn, a beautiful lake lined with black sandy shore where a lava field runs into it. From here we will also see the silica-rich multicolored rhyolite mountains.
Landmannalaugar, where we not only find more colorful rhyolite mountains, but also the natural hot spring rivers in the highlands. The mixing of several hot water streams from the edge of Laugahraun lava field together with streams of cold water create a little river with a very comfortable temperature of around 36-40⁰C even in the midst of a snowy winter. Remember to have your bathing suits with you!
Hnausapollur (Bláhylur) turquoise blue crater lake in Icelandic. The turquoise-colored still lake is surrounded with crimson red slopes, making it quite a surreal scene.
Before we head back to Reykjavik we also make a stop at Hjalparfoss, which is a beautiful 2-step waterfall where rivers Fossá and Þjórsá join.
Tour length is approximately 11hrs.