For adventure lovers, a trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without time spent in this hikers’ paradise. In fact, visit Landmannalaugar and you’ll find the area crisscrossed with paths that wind their way through the region’s characteristically colorful rhyolite mountains.
Some of the area’s hiking routes, including the renowned Laugavegur trail, will take you to unforgettable spots. For instance, Bláhnjúkur volcano (the ‘Blue Peak’) and Mount Brennisteinsalda, which is known as the ‘Sulphur Wave’ thanks to its vibrant yellow coloring.
As well as rainbow-colored ridges, you’ll come across other volcanic landforms, such as the Laugahraun lava field. Surrounded by vibrant shades of red and green, the inky black of this ancient lava really pops.
If you do go for a hike in Landmannalaugar don’t miss the chance to soothe your muscles in one of the geothermal pools. Surely this is the perfect way to relax after a long day on the trail?
Like elsewhere in Iceland, you’ll find the weather conditions can be somewhat unpredictable. This means that whether you’re going for a hike, or staying close to the visitor center, you’ll need to be prepared for anything. For instance, sturdy boots or walking shoes, along with warm and waterproof jackets are must-bring items.
It’s worth noting that the best time of year to visit Landmannlaugar is from mid-June to early September. Traveling in summer, once the snow and ice has melted, means that the gravel roads (known as F roads) will be open again. And the temperatures should be milder.
Read on for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about visiting Landmannalaugar.