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 geothermally 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.