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Landmannalaugar in the time of Northern Lights - Super Jeep Adventure

Do something completely different! Explore the Icelandic highlands in a winter setting. Hike and play during the day, and spend the nights hunting for the dancing northern lights

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:01 November - 10 April
Duration:3 Days/2 Nights
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Leave the asphalt behind and head into the Icelandic highlands.

Go on a journey of unforeseen adventures and constant challenges. Explore the beautiful highlands of Iceland, where you'll spend the days hiking and playing in the snow, and evenings lazing in a geothermal tub and hunting for the dancing Northern Lights.

On this truly unique tour there will be no street lamps to guide the way and no traffic, only pure natural wilderness with its endless beauty.

Weather and road conditions will dictate the travelling.

 

Highlights:

  • Bathe in a natural geothermal pool in beautiful surroundings.
  • Watch the northern lights dance around a star-studded winter sky.
  • Explore the magnificent Icelandic highlands in a super jeep.
  • Hike in the colourful rhyolite mountains formed by centuries of volcanic activities in the area.
  • Play around on snow mobiles if weather conditions are good.

Tour details:

  • This tour departs Sundays
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • No minimum number of participants for this tour and no maximum

Special departures: December 28th 2015 and January 1st 2016

 

What to bring:

Bring with you warm layers of clothes. The inner layer should be lightweight woolens, a sweater or cardigan. The outer layer should be wind and a rainproof. Also bring gloves, a hat, and warm wool socks.

Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must and it is good to have slippers for the lodge. Don’t forget your bathing suit and towel.

 

Accommodation:

Mountain Lodge heated by geothermal energy. There is no electricity or running water inside the lodge. The house is lit by warm lighting generated by solar energy and there are endless sources of pure drinking water just only footsteps away from the lodge. You will be sleeping in bunk beds.

 

Transportation:

Large super jeeps to explore demanding terrains and tackle unpredictable weather. Once on the snow, the air is let out of the giant tyres until the jeep floats on top of the snow like a boat on water, tackling every obstacle in the way. The journey itself is a great adventure.

 

Included

  • Hotel pick up
  • Transportation
  • Guided Tour
  • Accommodation in sleeping bags in bunk beds
  • Sleeping bags
  • Breakfast (day 2 and 3)
  • Dinner (day 1 and 2)
  • Lunch (day 2)
  • Snow scooter driving (if conditions are favourable)
  • Overalls for the snowmobile tour
  • Sights of the Golden Circle of day 3
 
 

Day 1: Reykjavik - Thjorsardalur - Hekla - Hrauneyjar - Landmannalaugar

We pick you up in the morning at your hotel and drive towards the valley of Thjorsardalur where we get a view of the volcano, Hekla.

We drive along by the River Thjorsa, the longest river in the country, and into the valley of Thjorsardalur with the Hjalparfoss Waterfall (Helping Falls), where horses used to graze in the last lush area before heading across the sandy desert of Sprengisandur in olden times.

We have a lunch break in Hrauneyjar Highland Center, the last outpost before we enter the real highlands at Fjallabak Nature Reserve. We drive through vast lava fields, pass Lake Hnausapollur and Lake Ljotipollur and have a stop at Lake Frostastadavatn.

Finally, we get to Landmannalaugar which will most likely be snow covered. But the steep rhyolite mountains and rough lava fields are visible, showing the geothermal activity of the hot springs and naturally heated rivers crisscrossing the land at every turn.

After the drive you will be able to relax in the geothermal heated pool while your driver-guide prepares dinner from premium Icelandic ingredients.

In the evening the Northern Lights might show up if the sky is clear. If they do not show up it is still spectacular to view the stars shining extra bright so far away from man-made light pollution.

 

Highlights:

Landmannalaugar   Hekla   Thjórsárdalur
 

Day 2: Landmannalaugar

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.

We plan the day according to snow conditions, weather and your own preferences. Some example activities 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.

In the evening a delicious barbecue dinner is prepared and you can enjoy the evening according to your own preferences.

 

Highlights:

Landmannalaugar
 

Day 3: Landmannalaugar - Gullfoss - Geysir - Thingvellir

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 (Golden Waterfall). This waterfall is in the white River Hvita which flows from the glacier lake of Hvitarvatn and most of the water flows from Langjokull Glacier which is the second largest glacier in Iceland.

Next we come to the geothermal field of Geysir which has hundreds of hot springs of all types, most of them with boiling water, and even several geysers. The largest being Geysir, one of the most famous hot springs in the world, sometimes known as The Great Geysir.

We then head on to Thingvellir, sometimes called the 'Heart of Iceland'. Thingvellir was declared a National Park in 1930. Thingvellir was nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 2, 2004.

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.

 

Highlights:

Gullfoss   Geysir   Þingvellir