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Landmannalaugar is an area in Iceland that is famous for its colorful rhyolite mountains and epic day hikes. Geothermal hot springs, lava fields, and unique hiking trails attract adventurous travelers all summer long.

Landmannalaugar is one of Iceland’s best areas for day hikes. Take your pick from short, easy trails or tougher climbs up ancient volcanos for panoramic views over the region.

And if you are looking for a multi-day adventure, Landmannalaugar is the starting point for the famous Laugavegur Trek.

Best Things to do in Landmannalaugar

Facts about Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is located in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland.

The mountains and lava fields are the result of thousands of years of volcanic activity. The Laugahraun lava field, a wide expanse of jagged, black obsidian, was formed after an eruption in 1477.

One of the most memorable features of Landmannalaugar are the colorful rhyolite mountains. Rhyolite is a type of volcanic rock that is made of quartz and silica. Minerals such as iron and sulphur add extra color to the mountains. Brennisteinsalda, also called the Sulphur Wave, is a very good example of this.

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How to Get to Landmannalaugar

If you have a 4×4, you can drive to Landmannalaugar. If you do not have a 4×4, or if you do not feel comfortable driving on rough, gravel roads, you can take a bus to Landmannalaugar or join a tour.

Driving to Landmannalaugar

There are no paved roads to Landmannalaugar. To get here, you will drive on rough, unpaved roads, also called F-roads.



In order to drive on these roads, you must have a 4×4 vehicle that is authorized by your rental car company to be driven on F-roads.

There are three routes to Landmannalaugar.

NORTH ROUTE/EASIEST: From Route 1 on South Iceland or from the Golden Circle, take route F26. Turn right onto F208 south and take this to F224 to Landmannalaugar. F26 and F208 are paved until you get to the hydroelectric station on F208. It is a rough, unpaved road for 26 km, from the hydroelectric station to Landmannalaugar.

MIDDLE ROUTE/HEKLA VOLCANO: From route 26, turn onto F225 (Landmannaleið) and take this to F208. Turn right onto F208 and then turn onto F224 to Landmannalaugar. This road is slightly rougher but you get to see Hekla volcano.

F208 Sign

SOUTH ROUTE/MOST DIFFICULT: This route is the most difficult but some say the most scenic. From the Ring Road on South Iceland, take F208 to Landmannalaugar. This route has river crossings and rougher sections than two routes listed above.

What We Did: Since we stayed in Fludir near the Golden Circle, we drove the easiest route (F26 to F208) both ways. I highly recommend this route, not only since it is the easiest to drive, but also because you can add on a stunning waterfall along the way.

How Long Does it Take to Drive to Landmannalaugar?

If you are doing this as a day trip from Reykjavík and take the easiest route, it can take 3 hours and 15 minutes to drive to Landmannalaugar. In total, you are looking at spending six and a half hours in your car. Worth it? Absolutely, just be prepared for a long day.

Even though we stayed closer, in Fludir, it still took us two hours to drive to Landmannalaugar. But it’s a beautiful drive and well worth the time to get to this unique destination.

Bus to Landmannalaugar

There are several bus companies that have routes from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar. In general, buses run from early to mid-June through early September.

It costs roughly 8,000 ISK for a one-way bus trip from from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar.

To get from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar by bus, it takes just over four hours, one way. You can save some time, and money, by staying in Selfoss or Hella, which are also located on the bus route.

Click here for more information on the buses to Landmannalaugar. 

PRO TRAVEL TIP: Book your bus tickets in advance. Buses can sell out so it is best to have your seat reserved ahead of time.

Landmannalaugar Tours

If you want to have your visit pre-arranged, with transportation and a guide for hiking, consider taking a tour.

Arctic Adventures offers a tour from Reykjavík that includes a hike up Mt. Brennisteinsalda, through the lava field, and up Mt. Blahnúkúr if you are doing good on time.

For more options, check out these tours.

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Parking in Landmannalaugar & 2024 Reservations

There are two parking lots in Landmannalaugar.

There are two parking areas. There is a large parking area located just before the river that runs next to the campground. This is called P1 (you can see it here on Google Maps). If you are in a small 4×4 and/or are not comfortable driving through a river, park here. From this parking lot, it’s a 0.6 mile walk to get to the campground. You will cross the river on a pedestrian bridge. This is the best place to park unless you are driving a high clearance vehicle.

The second lot is located next to the campsite and lodge. To park here, you MUST have a high clearance vehicle. To get to this lot, you will have a do a river crossing so only experienced drivers with a high clearance SUV should attempt this. This is as close as you can get to the campground.

Beginning in 2024, you will need a reservation for parking. Parking reservations are required from June 20 to September 15th between 8 am and 3 pm. If you arrive before 8 am or after 3 pm, you do not need a reservation. Learn more here. There is also a really nice FAQ page that has answers to the most common questions.

Landmannalaugar Guide

Drone photo of Landmannalaugar. The red line is F224.


Landmannalaugar River Crossing

River crossing to the parking lot closest to the campground.

When to Go to Landmannalaugar

The F-roads to Landmannalaugar open in mid-June and typically remain open until early September. However, this timing can change based on weather conditions.

If you plan to self drive to Landmannalaugar or use the bus, you can visit Landmannalaugar from mid-June through early to mid-September.

However, it is possible to visit Landmannalaugar year round. Join a Super Jeep tour if you want to see the area snow-covered.

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Best Things to Do in Landmannalaugar

Now that you’re here, what do you do?

Take your pick from a bunch of epic hikes, lounge in a hot spring, spend the night in the campsite, or start your trek along the Laugavegur trail.

People’s Pool

The People’s Pool is a naturally occurring hot spring located next to the Laugahraun lava field. Temperatures remain a toasty 36 to 40°C (97 to 104°F) year-round.

Peoples Pool

Go Hiking

The best thing to do in Landmannalaugar is to go hiking. There is no better way to get up close with these unique volcanic features. For amazing views, hike to the peak of one many mountains in the area.

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Hiking Map

Laugahraun Lava Field

Hike through a field of solidified lava. This is Landmannalaugar’s most popular day hike. It’s easy to do and great for all ages.

Distance: 4.3 km (2.7 miles) round trip
Length of Time: 1.5 to 2 hours


The view of Laugahraun lava field from Brennisteinsalda.

Mt. Blahnúkúr

Mt. Blahnúkúr, also called the Blue Peak, is a tough hike but it will be hard to beat the views that you get from the summit. Not only was this our favorite hike in Landmannalaugar, it was one of our favorite hikes in Iceland.

Distance: 6.1 km (3.8 miles) round trip
Length of Time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours
Learn More: How to Hike Mt. Blahnúkúr, the Blue Peak

Landmannalaugar Hike


Landmannalaugar from Blahnukur

Mt. Brennisteinsalda

Mt. Brennisteinsalda, also called the Sulphur Wave, is another tough hike where you will climb to the summit of a mountain. It’s a bit shorter and easier than Mt. Blahnúkúr, so if you are looking to hike to the peak of a mountain for amazing views, but aren’t thrilled about a massive climb, Brennisteinsalda is a good one to consider.

Distance: 6.5 km (4 miles) round trip
Length of Time: 2 to 3 hours
Learn More: Mt. Brennisteinsalda, Hiking the Sulphur Wave


Blahnúkúr Brennisteinsalda Loop

If you can’t decide between Blahnúkúr and Brennisteinsalda, why not do both? On this loop hike, experience the best of Landmannalaugar. Walk through the lava fields, past steaming fumaroles, and summit two peaks for unbelievable views over Landmannalaugar.

Distance: 9.7 km (6 miles) loop
Length of Time: 4 to 6 hours
Learn More: Hike the Blahnúkúr Brennisteinsalda Loop

Best Hikes Landmannalaugar

Blahnúkúr Trail


Ljótipollur, also called the “Ugly Puddle,” is another popular trail where you hike around a volcanic crater. This hike is located a short drive from the Landmannalaugar campground.

Distance: 13.3 km (8.3 miles)
Length of Time: 4 to 6 hours


Stútur is a very short hike on a volcanic crater. It takes about 30 minutes of your time and it’s located right on F208 before you arrive at the Landmannalaugar campground. With soil that is deep brown and red, and with the hills covered in bright green moss, it looks vastly different here than near the Landmannalaugar campground.

Distance: 0.5 km
Length of Time: 30 minutes

Stutur Landmannalaugar

Stútur is the crater in this photo. The cars are parked along F208.



Stutur Iceland


This is another tough hike that features a climb to a mountain peak. From the summit, you will have a great view over Landmannalaugar, Brennisteinsalda, the lava field, and Blahnúkúr.

Distance: 8.5 km (5.3 miles)
Length of Time: 3 to 4.5 hours



This is the longest hike on this list. You’ll leave the crowds behind as you circle around Blahnúkúr into the rust-colored mountains. On the way back to Landmannalaugar, you hike a portion of the Laugavegur Trail and hike through Graenagil canyon.

Distance: 15 km (9.3 miles)
Length of Time: 6 to 8 hours

PRO TRAVEL TIP: When you arrive in Landmannalaugar, visit the information booth for more information on day hikes and to purchase a copy of the trail map.

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Laugavegur Trail

The Laugavegur Trail is a multi-day trek that spans 55 km from Landmannalaugar to Thórsmörk. Most people start in Landmannalaugar and end in Thórsmörk. It is typically done in 4 days and 3 nights, camping or staying in mountain huts along the way.

Laugavegur Trail

Where to Stay in Landmannalaugar

If you plan to spend the night in Landmannalaugar, you can either stay in the mountain hut or camp in the campground.

There is a two-story lodge that was built in 1969 by the Icelandic Touring Association. In this lodge there is a kitchen and numerous sleeping rooms. The lodge is open from June 15 to September 15. Make sure you book your stay well in advance.

If you plan to camp in Landmannalaugar, there is a large campground near the main lodge. It operates on a first-come first-served basis.

Click here for updated pricing and to make your reservation for the hut.

Landmannalaugar Campground

Landmannalaugar campground with Blahnukur in the background.

Services in Landmannalaugar


Next to the main hut is a building with showers and toilets. To use these toilets, you will have to pay the one time fee of 2500 ISK. Pay the fee at the information booth and you will be given a wristband that gives you access to the restroom.


There are no restaurants in Landmannalaugar, but there is a unique convenience store. Called the Mountain Mall, snacks and camping essentials are sold out of these green buses. We brought our own food with us, but it’s nice to know that you can buy food here if necessary.

Mountain Mall

Information Desk

Located next to the building with the restrooms is an information desk. If you have any questions, or if you want to purchase a trail map, this is the place to do it. They also sell snacks here.

Landmannalaugar Buildings


There is no petrol station in Landmannalaugar. Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you make the drive.

What to Pack

It is chillier in Landmannalaugar than it is on the coast or on the Golden Circle. The weather can also be more unpredictable.

I recommend bring lots of layers. Long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, and a rain jacket are a must. Waterproof pants, extra layers for warmth, hats and gloves are nice to have, just in case.

Hiking shoes are a must. The trails can be wet and slippery so you will need shoes with good traction.

Landmannalaugar Hiking Trail

Landmannalaugar One Day Itinerary

If you are here for just one day, you have enough time to do one to two hikes. I recommend getting a very early start in the morning to get here before most of the other day trippers arrive. For more information, read our one day itinerary for Landmannalaugar.

Pick your favorite hiking trail, fill your camera’s memory card with awesome photos, and relax in the hot spring before you leave.

What We Did: We drove to Landmannalaugar from Fludir. Our first stop was the very quick hike up Stútur. The bulk of our day was spent hiking Blahnúkúr and Brennisteinsalda. Since there was very limited information online, we didn’t really know what we were doing. Blahnúkúr was #1 on our hiking list and then we just happened to stumble upon the hike up Brennisteinsalda. It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend doing the loop if you have the time and energy. On the drive back to Fludir, we made the short and very worthwhile detour to Sigöldugljúfur.


Sigöldugljufur, a canyon located on F208 north of Landmannalaugar.

Tips to Have the Best Experience

Make sure you have a full tank of gas before you drive to Landmannalaugar. There are no petrol stations here or along the F-roads.

Check the weather before you go. www.en.verdur.is is the most reliable website.

Check the road conditions before you go.

If you have any questions about how to plan a trip to Landmannalaugar, or if you want to share your experience, comment below.

More Information for Your Trip to Iceland

ICELAND ITINERARIES: There are several ways to put together a trip to Iceland. If you have 10 days, here are four different ways to spend your time in Iceland. We also have a detailed 10 day itinerary that includes the highlights of Iceland, perfect if it is your first visit. Or, if you are looking for more adventure, check out our 10 day Iceland Adventure Itinerary.

ADVENTURES IN ICELAND: One of the best ways to experience Iceland is on a hiking trail, and we have an article about 10 epic day hikes in Iceland. You can also venture to Kerlingarfjöll, go glacier hiking, and hike the amazing Fimmvörðuháls trail.

SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA: Plan the perfect visit to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with our Guide to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, which covers the best things to do, where to stay and sample itineraries.

WATERFALLS IN ICELAND: Here are 20 beautiful waterfalls to visit in Iceland. We have detailed guides on how to visit Haifoss, Sigöldugljúfur, Aldeyjarfoss, Dettifoss, and Brúarfoss. You can also hike to Glymur Waterfall, one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland.

ICELAND TRAVEL ADVICE: First time in Iceland? Here are essential things to know about Iceland, including driving tips, sample costs, SIM cards, when to visit, and more.


We have TONS more information about Iceland in our Iceland Travel Guide.



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  1. Avatar for Taresh K Parekh
    Taresh K Parekh

    Hello Julie,

    You blog is super interesting and very informative. I want to confirm if I can drive to Landmannalaugar from Fludir on Jun 23, 2024 in my rental 4×4 Automatic SUV (Suzuki Gran Vitara 4×4). I’ve never driven on F-Roads but you say that the northern route via F208 is driveable by first time F-Road driver as well.

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Taresh. Yes, the northern route is easy to drive, a mix of paved and gravel roads with no river crossings. Most likely your car is fine but I would just confirm with your rental car company that it can be driven on F Roads. Have a great time in Iceland! Cheers, Julie

  2. Avatar for Bonnie Horowitz
    Bonnie Horowitz

    Hello- I made a mistake booking my flights for my Ring Road Grouo Tour and ended up with an extra full day in Reyjavik on the front end, and an extra full day in Reyjavik on the back end. If I want to visit Landmannalaugar, but do not want to rent my own car, is there any way to stay out there overnight to break up the drive and then get an earlier bus back (rather than waiting for one at the end of the day).

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Yes, you can stay out on the Golden Circle (getting to and from there by bus), which puts you closer to Landmannalaugar. From the Golden Circle you can look into taking a tour of Landmannalaugar, if you don’t plan to have a rental SUV. There may also be tours from Reykjavik but then that becomes a very long day. I recommend looking at tour options of Landmannalaugar and then choosing where you stay based on the pick up location. Cheers, Julie

  3. Avatar for Jason


    AFter discovering this place on google maps, i had to do a quick search and found your insightful guide.
    However, my trip to Iceland is in Early April, for which I plan to rent a 4×4. Am i still able to drive to this place and hike?
    If its not possible to drive there, is there somewhere else with similar views to this place which you can recommend instead?


    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Jason. No, you won’t be able to get there on your own, even with a 4×4. The only place similar that I can think of is Kerlingarfjoll but that also is relatively inaccessible in April. You can still get to Landmannalaugar in April, you will just have to join a Super Jeep tour (a vehicle with larger tires and ground clearance that can handle the snow). Cheers, Julie

  4. Avatar for May

    Hello Julie !

    I am including Landmannalaugar in my trip after reading your amazing post !
    But may I have your guidance on the best route to reach as I think it is not as straight-forward as keying into GPS and follow. I am nervous as this will be my first non-paved road trip.

    My current plan is Reykjavik > Þingvellir National Park > Haukadalur Geothermal Valley > Gullfoss Waterfall > Kerid Crater Lake (stay the night nearby). Then next morning Kerid Crater Lake > Rjupnavellir > F208 > Sigoldugljufur > Landmannalaugar.

    We will be visiting in Jul-2024 and renting a 4×4 vehicle, planning to park at the first parking lot in Landmannalaugar (before the river crossing). I am tempted to hike the ‘Blahnukur’ (The Blue Peak) loop. As I am not a seasoned hiker, I usually take longer time than most hikers with more rest stop inbetween. Including lots of photo-time, I budget about 6 hours for this hike.

    (1) Do you think my driving route is optimal ? I am thinking of going via Rjupnavellir as I see from google map that I can set it as a destination, and just go straight to find F208.
    (2) Is it easy to turn into F208 ? Are the directions marked ?
    (3) I am not a fan of camping overnight. So do you have any recommendation of where I can stay after the hike ?

    Thank you in advance for your guidance !

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello May. That is very exciting that you are including Landmannalaugar on your trip to Iceland. From Kerid Crater, your route will work fine but don’t have experience on some of those roads (F225 in particular). We drove Route 32 past the turn off for Haifoss, to Route 26 which then turned into F26 which then turned into F208. This will take you right past Sigoldugljufur before getting to Landmannalaugar. This route, and the one through Rjupnavellir, are the same travel time from the Kerid Crater (about 2 hours 40 minutes). We had no issues on the gravel/dirt roads on the “northern route” so I know that’s relative easy to drive, and I think you will spend less time on dirt roads on this route. If you choose to go through Rjupnavellir, the quickest way to Landmannalaugar is via F225 and you will miss Sigoldugljufur, but get to see Hekla Volcano (if you want to go through Rjupnavellir, Sigoldugljufur is a detour and will add more driving time, so I recommend the first route, also called the “northern route” in this Landmannalaugar post). You can use Google Maps to plot directions directly from Kerid Crater to Landmannalaugar and use this to navigate to Landmannalaugar (but there are signs for back up). The only place that I know of to stay in or around Landmannalaugar is the campground or lodge. We stayed on the Golden Circle, which was roughly the same driving distance from Kerid Crater, so you just might be in for a long day. However, in July, you will have lots of daylight.
      I hope this all makes sense and if you have more questions, please let me know. Cheers, Julie

  5. Avatar for Aji

    After further reading, it seems that we still need to cross the river at the end before the campground. Or walk for 0.6 miles. Do we cross by walking through the river or a bridge?

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      There are no river crossings to get to Landmannalaugar on the North route, not until just before the campground. We parked in the large lot before the river crossing and walked in. There is a pedestrian bridge over the river. Once you get there, you can make an assessment for whether to drive across the river or park in the farther lot and walk the rest of the way. Once at the campground, most of the trails start from there. Two exceptions are Ljótipollur and Stutur, which are located along the drive to the campground. Cheers, Julie

  6. Avatar for Gayle Campbell
    Gayle Campbell


    I apologize in advance for my lengthy post. Hopefully my query will help others as well! My daughter has been using your blogs for the past few years to plan her adventures across the world. She recently shared your information with me as we are now planning a trip to Iceland next June: myself (57), my daughter (30), and my sister (60). We are planning 10-11 days for the trip, flying in from NYC (where my daughter lives).

    My general thought is to follow the Ring Road clockwise from Reykjavik, including time on the Snaesfellness Peninsula. However, after all of my research I have determined that I/we would really like to spend at least a day in the Highlands, probably two. Taking all of the above into consideration, do you have a suggestion as to how/where to fit this into the trip? Is it best to follow Route 1 and then just head up for a few days (and back) from the south? We would be interested in easier hikes of up to a few hours. The areas that have caught my interest include: Landmannalaugar, Hveravellir (Nature Preserve-has huts for lodging) Sigoldauglijufar Canyon, Hfalfjorour, and/or Hvutserkur.

    I’ve searched and searched on maps, but cannot find all of these, only some, so I cannot judge how close they are to each other. I know Landmannalaugar is near the South; how far is Sigoldauglijufar Canyon from this?

    Would you be able to make recommendations on 1) where to put this into the trip and 2) which of the above areas to focus on? We will rent the needed vehicle and would rather not cross large rivers. I’m thinking we could spend one night and then return to Ring Road?

    Any thoughts or suggestion you can offer would be greatly appreciated. I am just overwhelmed with this part of the trip and the names are a challenge to sort. Thank you for your time!!!

    1. Avatar for Julie Post

      Hello Gayle. I’d be happy to help. I recommend that you get started with our Two Week Iceland Itinerary because this will take you around the Ring Road and to most of the places you have listed. This itinerary includes a day trip to Landmannalaugar but you can add a day and spend a night here. Sigoldugljufur is on the drive to Landmannalaugar and easy to visit on the way. Hvítserkur is a sea stack on the north coast that you can add on to day 4 of our 2 week Iceland itinerary. Hafnarfjörður is a town located right outside of Reykjavik. The Hveradalir area is located in Kerlingarfjoll. It’s not listed on our 2 week itinerary but you can add one day to day trip here from the Golden Circle or add 2 days and spend the night here.
      If you spent the night in the Highlands, I recommend Kerlingarfjoll over Landmannalaugar. Kerlingarfjoll feels more remote and less crowded. Plus, they just built a new lodge since our visit that looks very nice.
      I know you said you only want 10 to 11 days. Also take a look at our 10 day Adventure Itinerary. This includes a lot on your list, except for the full loop on the Ring Road, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and Hvítserkur. But it does include both Landmannalaugar and Kerlingarfjoll. Here is the link to our Iceland Travel Guide, which has more itinerary ideas and a lot more info about Iceland.
      Let me know if you have more questions. Cheers, Julie

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