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Most Popular Tours in Iceland

Iceland is filled with natural wonders, with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and geysers all on the “must See” list for every visitor. Besides these amazing natural wonders, Iceland is home to a host of other attractions and stunning natural beauty, all of which are just waiting to be explored.

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Let’s take a look at just a few of the attractions that we believe everyone should find time to visit while in Iceland:

Golden Circle

Some of the most amazing sights available in Iceland can be found on the Golden Circle tour. It all begins at the Strokkur geyser in the Geysir geothermal area, where water shoots as high as 30 meters (98 feet) in the air every 4-8 minutes. You barely have time to catch your breath before you visit the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall. As part of the river Hvítá, the falls cascade into crevice that is 32 m (105 ft.) deep.

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Also included in the Golden Circle tour is the geological marvel that is Thingvellir National Park. This is where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are gradually being pulled apart, at a rate of a few centimeters annually.

If you plan on visiting during the winter months, add the Northern Lights tour.

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Landmannalaugar

The Landmannalaugar are geothermal nature baths that are located in the South Highlands of Iceland, and are a definite addition to any travel itinerary. They are a geological wonder that really should not be missed.

One of the greatest ways to get a look at this spot in the winter and summer months is via a Jeep tour. If you are running on a budget, or don’t have a lot of time, we suggest you start this particular tour in Árnes.

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If it’s hiking you are interested in, Landmannalaugar is usually where the 5-day hike known as “Laugavegurinn” begins. Remember to pack a towel!

Whale watching

Húsavík is located right on the edge of Shaky Bay, and is considered to be one of the world’s prime locations for whale watching. If it’s whales you are after, there is no better place in Iceland than Húsavík.

There simply isn’t any other spot in the country where you will have a better shot at seeing whales in their natural habitat. Whale Watching tours in Husavík from only 49€.

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Horse riding

You don’t have to be a riding enthusiast to get a kick out of taking a ride on an Icelandic horse. These strong little horses are about as cute as it gets, but they are also strong and steady on their feet. Even if you ridden a horse before, you will not have experienced that unique gait called a tölt, of the Icelandic horse. This is the only breed of horse that can run this way, which is faster than a trot, but totally smooth.

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Volcano experience

The Bárðarbunga volcanic system North of Vatnajökull Glacier is home to Holuhraun, where a volcano has been active since August 2014. The eruption has maintained a steady strength and volume since day one, and shows no sign of slowing down.

You can even get to watch the volcano from the comfort of your own home.

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Dive in Silfrá

As mentioned earlier, the North American and Eurasian plates sit on a rift in Iceland, and they are slowly but surely moving apart.

One of the best vantage points of what is going on can be found underwater. The glacier fed lake of Silfra contains water that is about as clear as it gets. Dry suits are an absolute must in the frosty waters of the lake. Amazing tour in Silfrá!

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Travel Guide Iceland Team – Reykjavík (Iceland)

Landmannalaugar – The Pearl of the Highlands

Landmannalaugar forms part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Southern highlands of Iceland. Located at the edge of the Laugahraun lava field that was formed from an eruption around the year 1477. It is famous for its geothermal hot springs (many of which are at the perfect temperature for bathing) and colourful rhyolite mountains.

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You will need a 4WD vehicle to get there. The roads approaching Landmannalaugar are F -Roads and only 4WD vehicles are permitted to drive on them.

Landmannalaugar is the starting point of the Laugavegur – a four day hiking trail that is generally recognised as one of the most beautiful treks in Europe. The trail itself connects Landmannalaugar with Thorsmork, a picturesque valley situated near Eyjafjallajökull. The trail opens formally on the 20 June and stays open until late August, depending on the weather conditions.

How to get there.

A day tour: All-year around. There are several companies organizing day tours to Landmannalaugar. All of them are experienced professionals. Here are just our recommendation, the Landmannalaugar Tour specialists.

By Bus: Only in summertime. There are daily tours to Landmannalaugar from Reykjavík that operate from the middle of June to the middle of September

By car:  Only in summertime and only with a 4WD vehicle. The roads to Landmannalaugar are F 208 from the north, F 208 from the south and F 225 from the west. Care must be taken when crossing rivers, especially when it has been raining. Be aware that insurance policies do not cover you from damage done to rental cars as a result of crossing rivers.

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What to do in Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is a paradise for both nature lovers and hikers alike. The most popular routes include the 2 hour hike through the Laugahraun lava field to Mt. Brennisteinsalda (“Sulphur Wave”), the 1 hour hike up Mt. Bláhnjúkur (“Blue Peak”) and the 4 hour hike to the Ljótipollur crater lake.(“Ugly Puddle”).

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The opportunities for the photography are endless. The unique geology of the area has resulted in delicately pastel shaded mountains that will captivate photographers for hours. If the conditions are right then this is the perfect place to observe the Northern Lights.

Those that prefer more physical activities can go horse riding or even trout fishing.

Where to sleep

Landmannalaugar is in a remote, uninhabited part of Iceland –  so don´t expect to find any five star hotels nearby. However there are camp sites and mountain huts that offer basic accommodation. There is also one hotel that is open all year round.

http://www.landmannahellir.is/english/index1.htm
http://www.fi.is/en/huts/landmannalaugar/
http://www.holaskjol.com
http://www.holaskogur.is
http://www.hrauneyjar.is

Landmannalaugar in wintertime

Landmannalaugar is just as (if not more) beautiful in wintertime. An evening spent soaking in a warm geothermal pool whilst gazing at the Northern Lights must rank as one of the experiences of a lifetime. The only way of reaching Landmannalaugar in wintertime is with a tour guide as you need to have a modified super jeep to get there.
It is definitely worth considering a two to three day tour in wintertime so as to allow for potentially longer journey times in winter conditions.

Landmannalaugar Landmannalaugar is often referred to as the “Pearl of the Highlands”. Whatever you choose to do when visiting Iceland do not miss the chance to see it!

Travel Guide Iceland – Reykjavík

Landmannalaugar Day Tour – Best Day in Iceland!

We actually took our day tour of Landmannalaugar from Reykjavik, not Selfoss, but this is the same small company that offers pick-ups from several cities.

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Mike, the owner, picked us up in his jeep and took us on a trip I will never forget. We stopped at a new geothermal plant where we were given a private tour of the facility. Then we drove the long drive to Landmannalaugar, stopping in a few places for photos and snacks. It is a bit far for a day tour because getting there takes about 3.5 hours since the back roads aren’t paved and have quite a few rocks/muddy patches. But the drive was incredibly beautiful and part of the experience for me. (Several of the pictures I’m posting were technically taken along the drive, but I still think of the whole day as the Landmannalaugar experience.)

Mike spent much of the drive telling us all about Iceland’s history, customers, and random interesting facts. It was more like spending a day with a new friend than a tour! When we got to Landmannalaugar he took us on a beautiful hour-long hike up into the mountainside. We had the option to swim in the hot springs, but opted for the hike instead

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This was one of the best days of my life and certainly my best in Iceland. I highly advise not attempting to visit/drive to Landmannalaugar on your own, so outside of the peak season this is definitely the best option. Heck, it’s probably the best option regardless! Completely worth every penny and significantly less expensive than competing companies. Take this tour!!!!

Mrs Smarts, Mount Laurel, New Jersey

“You must, you need to have this experience ”

Landmannalaugar is definitely your best gift. You will have access to incredible landscape and far view from volcanoes and valleys. The pad was quite easy and difficult in some areas, recommended to have energy drinks and energy food. Take gloves with you because is quite windy on the top and start to be warm when you go down. Have charge your phone, you will need lot of space and time to enjoy the fantastic trip. Just do it!

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The mountains are amazing with so many colours, peace and quiet. After long trekking you can take a relaxing break in hot springs near hostel. The road which leads to it quite rough but the landscapes compensate the hardships of a journey. One of the most beautiful places in Iceland.

We did our Tour with Landmannalaugar Tours. Easily booked online, pick up like arranged at the hotel, more than on time. Small group of 6 with a great guide (Jon son of Thor 🙂 ). Interesting local and geological knowledge. We went for a cup of coffee afterwards and he had some good recommendations about trips to do. He made us do a lovely hiking trip. Nice half day activity.

Leon B Brooklyn, New York