- Tour Overview
- Tour Information
- Tour Details
- Landmannalaugar highlands during winter
- Chance of seeing the Northern Lights
- Snowmobiling action
- Golden Circle sights
- Mountain lodge accommodation
- Meals (breakfast x2, dinner x2, lunch x1)
An experience that gives you a totally new dimension of winter travelling when guests and staff blend together as one team, taking an active part in all of the upcoming adventures. Do as Icelanders do and come along on a journey of unforeseen challenges, bathe in the stunning geothermal natural pool in mid winter and enjoy being alone with nature, surrounded by the stars and the dancing northern lights.
We pick you up in the morning at your hotel and drive towards the valley of Þjórsárdalur where we get a view to the volcano, Hekla, which we get closer to on our way into the highlands. Hekla was believed to be the gateway to hell in the middle ages. This cone shaped volcano is made up of a series of ridges and it is one of Iceland's most famous and active volcanoes which last erupted in the year 2000
If you begin your day with bathing in the pool before breakfast this may start you wondering about the geothermal heat in the area. The mountains encircling the area are mostly formed from sour magma which was cooked in the magna chamber of a volcano located by the glacier of Torfajokull south of Landmannalaugar. The Torfajokull area is the country´s second largest high temperature geothermal area. The sour magma and the geothermal heat are located within a huge chamber which is the largest of its kind in Iceland. During breakfast we plan the day according to snow conditions, weather and your own preferences. Some examples are: a snowmobile tour in the area, a hike to the numerous interesting locations nearby, a ride with your guide in the modified Super Jeep to nearby lakes and interesting locations. Or even - if you are in the mood, just relaxing in the hot pool outside and enjoying the peace. In the evening we prepare a delicious barbecue dinner, enjoy life in the lodge, embrace the solitude and of course, the hot pool outside is open around the clock.
After breakfast we leave the peacefulness of Landmannalaugar and head for the dam at Hrauneyjar where we stop for lunch. From there we drive through Thjorsardalur on to the Golden Circle route which takes us first to the majestic Gullfoss Falls (the "Golden Falls"). This waterfall is in the glacial river Hvita which flows from the lake Hvitarvatn and glacier Langjokull which is the second biggest glacier in Iceland. Gullfoss is 32 metres high but it plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m). Next we come to the geothermal field of Geysir with hundreds of hot springs of all types, most with boiling water – and a few of them are geysers. Geysir, one of the most famous hot springs in the world, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a spouting hot spring) derives from the Icelandic “Geysir”. We then head on to Thingvellir, via Laugarvatn village. Sometimes called the heart of Iceland, Thingvellir was declared a National Park in 1930. A law was passed designating Thingvellir as "a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged". Weather circumstances, snow and road conditions all play a big role in our tour so the travelling time can vary greatly. Time of arrival in Reykjavik is estimated to be in the early evening at dinner time.
- Rated 3 out of 5 or Moderate
- 8 years old
- Transportation, hotel pick up, guided tour
- Accommodation in sleeping bags in a mountain lodge with shared facilities for two nights (dorm type), sleeping bags
- Meals (breakfast x2, dinner x2, lunch x1)
- Snow scooter driving (when conditions allow), helmets for the snowmobile ride are supplied by us
- The sights of the Golden Circle on Day 3
What to bring:
- View list below
- Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells
- Warm wool socks, hats and gloves,
- Thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer
- Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must
- Good to have slippers for the lodge
- Spikes that fit over shoes for extra grip on ice
- Travel pillows, ear plugs and pj's
- Flashlight or headlamp
- A valid drivers licence, if you want to drive a snowmobile (drivers have to be at least 17 years old)
- Don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel
- 9:00 AM
- 09:30 AM
- Thursdays & Sundays
- Rent hiking shoes (non refundable) - ISK 1,000 p. pers
- Number of double rooms (two persons per room) & number of triple rooms (three persons per room) - free
- Number of single rooms (one person per room) - ISK 9,900 p. pers
Good to know:
- Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.
- Glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. We do not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers. It can happen that the glacier hike and/or ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the cancelled activity.
- We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 20:00 - 21:00 on day three, depending on weather conditions.
- *Note that selected departures during the holidays can be more expensive. Please make sure that you select the correct accommodation type under Extras. Single rooms are more expensive. Solo travelers have to book a single room.
- *To be able to participate in the glacier hike you will need hiking shoes of similar type as shown on the picture at the bottom. If you don't have good hiking shoes you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.
- *Please note that we urgently need to know about any special dietary needs or allergies when you book the tour.
- *The snowmobile activity is dependant on weather and the driver has to have a valid drivers license
- *Try to keep your luggage as compact as possible (We offer free luggage storage)