The arrival at the Landmannalaugar car park immediately gives you an idea of the exceptional contrasts and the explosion of colors that you can admire through the many hikes of the site. Landmannalaugar is one of the best regions of Iceland for enjoying hikes - from very short walks of one hour to treks of several days.
How to get to this magical site?
F26 then F208 north
This is the easiest road to reach Landmannalaugar, as there are no fjords to cross while travelling it - provided you park a few hundred meters from the campsite. Most vehicles park before it, because it is preceded by a fjord that can be relatively deep and most tourists prefer to avoid crossing (and they are right), bypassing it on foot via a footbridge. Just a hundred meters later, the campsite is the starting point for many hikes, to admire the mountains that dominate the site.
This road is magnificent passing through the west, although it is not as easy as its sister the F208 north. There are some small fjords to cross but it is quite easy to travel through, even for someone not experienced.
This road has many fjords to cross, which can sometimes swell in record time. The track is steep and can be slippery with mud; It takes you more than 800 meters above sea level. Only attempt to travel this route if you are very experienced and if you have a good vehicle.
With a 4x4 vehicle
Landmannalaugar is not accessible by 2x4 vehicles, and it is advisable to have a 4x4 of sufficient size to reach the site, especially if you take a road other than the F208 north. A small 4x4 can do the trick on a nice day but conditions can change very quickly. With a rental car, know that insurance does not cove you on F roads. You can join a super jeep excursion with Landmannalaugar Tours if you do not have a vehicle fit for purpose and this way you can learn more about the area with a local guide. This option is also available from Árnes, near Selfoss.
You can reach Landmannalaugar easily by bus from Reykjavik. Buses go every day from the opening of the slopes, which usually takes place at the end of June. You can also leave from Selfoss, Hella or Leirubakki; This allows you to park your rental car for free and continue the journey in a 4x4 vehicle.
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