Landmannalaugar Highland Snowmobiling tour
We depart from Reykjavík in the morning and start heading to the Landmannalaugar area. When we have reached the mountains, our expert snowmobile guide will give you a snowmobile briefing, before we head out on our adventure. After a few hours of riding we will reached our mountain hut in the Landmannalaugar area, Hrafntinnusker. There our guide will cook a traditional mountain BBQ before we head off to bed and rest for our next snowmobiling
Now the sun has come up and our day continues. After a nice breakfast our expert snowmobile guide will lay out the plan for our second day. After a nice day of snowmobiling we will start to head on towards our pick up vehicle, which will drive us to Reykjavík.
We expect to be back in Reykjavík in the evening.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 2 days
- Activities: Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English, Icelandic
- Highlights: Landmannalaugar,
Landmannalaugar ("The people's pools") is a vast area of stunning and unique beauty, the true heart of Iceland's southern Highlands.
Landmannalaugar is a truly rare area, both geologically and aesthetically. The area can be found nestled beside the raven-black Laugahraun lava field, a sweeping expanse of dried magma which originally formed in 1477. Landmannalaugar itself is made up of windswept rhyolite mountains, a rock type that creates a full spectrum of dazzling colour on the mountainside. Shades of red, pink, green and golden yellow all change their tone, keeping in movement with the sun rays and creating an area of wilderness that resembles no place else on earth.
Landmannalaugar is primarily known for its natural geothermal baths, hence its name "The People's Pools". For centuries, Landmannalaugar has served as an area of shelter and respite for weary travellers who use these soothing springs as a means to relax after tiring excursions. Today, visitors to the highlands should always bring a swimsuit and towel, just in case one of these naturally occurring hot pools should crop up along the hiking trail.
The most popular road leading to landmannalaugar, Sigölduleið, takes you past multiple stunning natural features, including Bláhylur lake, a magnificent body of water nestled in a dormant volcanic crater.
The area marks the northern end of the Laugavegur, one of Iceland's most popular hiking trails. It is also home to many other notable trails, however, including the path onto the mighty Mt. Brennisteinsalda ("Sulphur Wave"). Visitors can also traverse the trail up the Bláhnjúkur ("Blue Peak") volcano, whose summit allows for a sweeping view of up to five glaciers on clear days.
Multiple operators run daily tours to Landmannalaugar from mid-June to mid-September, during which time The Icelandic Touring Association operates a small shop, three camp sites and a mountain hut equipped with sleeping bags and accommodation for up to 80 visitors.
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The stratovolcano Hekla in the south of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the island's most famous and active volcanoes, with over 20 eruptions since settlement.
Hekla is part of a 40 kilometers long volcanic ridge but the most active part is the fissure Heklugja, considered the volcano proper. Hekla has produced one of the largest amounts of lava of any volcano in the world. Last time Hekla erupted was in 2000.
In the Middle Ages Hekla was considered to be the gateway to Hell, and it continues to inspire. It’s referenced in Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, poet and artist William Blake banishes Winter to Hekla in his poem Winter and Icelandic composer Jon Leifs, inspired by Hekla’s power, composed one of the loudest pieces of classical music ever, Hekla Op 52.
Travelers from all over seek out Hekla and it is a popular hiking place. In addition to hiking you can ski there in the spring, summer offers easy mountaineering routes and you can snowmobile to the top in winter.Laugavegur hiking trail,
The Laugavegur is one of the most popular hiking trails in Iceland. The scenery is breathtaking in its beauty and extremely varied, displaying examples of most all that Icelandic nature has offer.
The trail connects the nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. The most common route is to set off from Landmannalaugar, stopping by the huts at Hrafntinnusker, Alftavatn, Hvanngil and Emstrur (Botnar). People usually divide the hike into 5-6 days. The whole trail is about 55 km.Fjallabak
Fjallabak may refer to two highland routes, South Fjallabaksleid or the North Fjallbaksleid.
The South Fjallabaksleid ('Fjallabaksleid sydri') is an old highland route north of Myrdalsjokull glacier, connecting Rangarvellir (the eastern part of the South Iceland lowlands) to Skaftartunga (areas nothwest of Myrdalsjokull). This is a popular mountain track for hiking and jeeps and is easy to walk and drive. The area is very dry with scant vegetation, as it is situated between mountains that have a strong volcanic activity. The mountains have left endless amounts of ash, sand and lava in the area, now covered in moss. Rhyolite is the characteristic petrological berg type colouring the landscape grey-pinkish with endless shades of other colours.
From the west, the South Fjallabaksleid starts from Keldur in Rangarvellir, then goes eastwards to Laufafell, across Markarfljot river to Alftavatn lake (there are huts at Alftavatn owned by the Icelandic Touring Association) then onwards to Maelifellssandur and ending at Skaftartunga. This track was the main route for farmers in the East as they led their sheep to be on sale at the town Eyrarbakki in the South Coast. Already in the Middle Ages, the South Fjallabaksleid was a frequent route.
In more recent times, another track, North Fjallabaksleid ('Fjallabaksleid nyrdri') , has been laid, connecting the two aforementioned areas. This track lies further north across the South Iceland highlands, starting on the west side of Galtalaekur in Rangarvellir, leading on north of Hekla, through Landmannalaugar and Jokuldalir and towards Svartinupur in Skaftartunga in the East. This north track was originally named Landmannaleid by the local farmers who used it.
Departure time : Departure on request
Driver guided Snowmobile tour
Pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Reykjavík/Hvolsvöllur area
All meals except breakfast on day 1 and dinner on day 2
Accommodation for 1 night in a mountain hut.
Traditional Mountain BBQ or special request.
What to bring:
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Day 1 - Reykjavík – Landmannalaugar area
We depart in the morning and start journey to the Landmannalaugar area. When we have reached the mountains, our expert snowmobile guide will give you a snowmobile briefing, before we head out on to explore our snowmobile wonderland. We’ll show you how to play safely in the mountain terrain while you explore some amazing sledding areas.
After a few hours of riding we will reached our mountain hut in the Landmannalaugar area, Hrafntinnusker. The hut on Hrafntinnusker, Hoskuldarskali, was built in 1977 at 1027 meters above mean sea level, the house is geothermally heated the whole year round.
Our hut at Hrafntinnusker is named after Obsidian which is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. It is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth.
In our traditional hut our guide will cook an old-style mountain BBQ before we head off to bed and rest for our next snowmobiling day.
Day 2 - Landmannalaugar area – Reykjavík
After a good night’s rest and a nice breakfast our expert snowmobile guide will lay out the plan for our second day in the in the Landmannalaugar area in the Highlands of Iceland. The nature resevere is called Fjallabak and was established in 1979. The Nature reserve is 47.000 hectares and is over 500 meters above sea level. The land is mountainous, with rhyolitic stratovolcanoes and complex of subglacial volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by lavas, sands, rivers and lakes. So, no worries there is still a lot of treasures to explore in this vast mountainous area. A little fact about the area is that there was a volcanic eruption around 870 which left a thin layer of tephra all over Iceland. This layer makes possible to determine the exact dates of many archeological finds.
After a nice day of snowmobiling we will start to head on towards our pick-up vehicle, which will drive us to Reykjavík.
We expect to be back in Reykjavík in the evening.