Itinerary for a 2 day tour to Landmannalaugar in winter
You travel across the deserted highlands of the southern part of Iceland in the style and comfort of a Nature Explorer modified Super-Jeep on huge tires - which is why we can get into the most isolated and deserted places in Iceland. This is also what makes this tour a unique experience.
Our tour starts by driving east out of Reykjavik through the countryside to the edge of the Icelandic highlands by the foothills of Iceland's most famous volcano, Hekla. The landscape is shaped by centuries of volcanic activity, the most recent from February 2000. Many different eruptions and geothermal heat has made all kinds of strange lava formations and colors. We drive through the snowy barren wilderness, across mountain deserts and unbridged rivers and do our photo stops at our own leisure.
When we arrive in Landmannalaugar we can do some light hiking and sightseeing, including crater lakes, hot springs and steamvents, lava fields and strangely colored mountains. Drinks in the natural geothermal pool where you enjoy a relaxing soak while your driverguide prepares dinner.
If the Northern Lights are visible, taking a midnight bath underneath the auroras is almost mandatory. In any case, sitting in a natural hot pool in the middle of nowhere on a dark winter night, surrounded by nothing but wilderness and glaciers, is magical and mind blowing experience that will stay with you forever.
The next day our adventure continues and there are still many sights to see. On the way out of Landmannalaugar we visit a crater lake before heading to Hrauneyjar, where you can grab a coffee while we re-inflate the big tires. We then drive to Gullfoss waterfall where we have lunch and see Iceland's most popular waterfall cascade down 32m. Only 10 min away is Geysir where you see the original geyser and Strokkur.
The final stop before reaching Reykjavik is Thingvellir National Park where you see the tectonic plate boundaries and the site of old Viking parliament, Alþingi.
This is our favorite tour - and we do it also privately just for ourselves - because it's a great authentic Icelandic adventure in fantastic landscape, combined with the relaxation of great food and a unique soak in the geothermal pool.
Please note: This tour is highly dependent upon snow conditions so we might need to adjust accordingly.