gott fólk! Hallo,
The shop owners, are NOT selling accommodations, neither for
campers nor hut guests. Ask FÍ, please. www.fi.is.
We are in Landmannalaugar from June to September and there no good internet connection.
All of your letters will wait until september.
Some fundamental information for Landmannalaugar-travellers
(read them, please, before sending us your requests -
we are only half of the year reachable through the internet.) Please, notice
that we can not answer you during the summer!
You can find some fundamental information about transport, camping, weather and more here or here.
Have also a look at our links collection, please.
How to get there
a bus : There are daily tours to Landmannalaugar
from Reykjavík from the middle of June to the middle of
September. Departure from BSÍ (omnibus central
station) at 8:30.There
are also daily tours from Skaftafell. The busses stop
for 2 hours in Landmannalaugar and leave to Reykjavík and
Skaftafell around 14:30(changable schedule!). In the mid summer there are scheduled
bus tours between Landmannalaugar and Mývatn. Reservations
are not necessary.
by "Reykjavik Excursions - Kynnisferðir"
Driving a car : You
can take your own car to Iceland with the ferry or rent a
car in Iceland. Insurances do
not pay for damaged rental cars on F
roads (mountain roads). There
are three main roads leading to Landmannalaugar. The easiest
one is F 208 from the north, from the power stations. There
are no rivers to cross, so a normal car will be enough, but be
prepared for some shaking. You need bigger cars, with
4Wd for the other roads. The second easiest is F 225 from
the west (close to mt. Hekla) and the third easiest is F 208
from the south (between Vík and Kirkjubæjarklaustur). Inform
yourself about the weather because water in the rivers can differ
Mountain taxi : You
can let experts do the driving and carry the responsibility (Mountain Taxi; 544 5252, Iceland
Excursions 540 1313).
Some people hitchhike but that requires patience, since most
drivers in the highlands are using all their space.
Biking : This is cheap but can be very difficult. Weather
can be awful and some roads are so sandy that they are too loose
to bike in. The sceduled busses can take bikes for reasonable
fee. You use the same roads as the cars. Biking on the Laugavegur hiking trail is not forbidden, but only suitable for trained mountain-bikers, who can take care of not spoiling the tracks and the land.
Hiking : Almost everyone who walks to Landmannalaugar
follows the Laugavegur trail from Þórsmörk. It
takes 3 or 4 days and there are huts on the way. There
are bus connections at both ends. Hiking daytours around
Landmannalaugar are many and magnificent.
Riding : Some riding companies offer organised tours
to Landmannalaugar (Hekluhestar 487 6598, Eldhestar 4804800, Íshestar
555 7000). If a many days tour is too much for you, you
can take shorter tours by the local riding company Hraunhestar in Landmannalaugar in July and August. Tel:854 7735.
Famous "Laugarvegur" hiking trail is opening formaly at 20. of June, read carefully, please, information from Ferðafélg Íslands about it. www.fi.is.
Informations for new hiking trail Hellismannalei is available here: Hellismannalei
you can sleep
Camping : In the nature reserve area, you may only camp
at Landmannalaugar, Landmannahellir and Hrafntinnusker. Outside
the area you may camp anywhere where you don´t spoil anything. There
are camping fasilities where there are huts and there you have
to pay something.
Huts and houses :
The shop owners, are NOT selling accommodations, neither for campers nor hut sleepers.
Prices an place avilability for Landmannalaugar
and the other huts at the Laugavegur-trail :
568 2533. From 1.july to 30. september 854 1192.
It is necessary to order few months in advance if you are going
to stay in the high touristic season.
- FÍ. www.fi.is
A good advance is
also recommended for the other accommodations:
four huts, 20 km. from Landmannalaugar. A
small river to cross. Tel: 853 8407 and 893 8407. Part of Hellismannaleið.
highland center and motel, 40 km. from Landmannalaugar. No
rivers to cross.
Áfangagil - small hut, around
50 km. from Landmannalaugar. Rivers
It still lies aside the main touristic roads. Part of Hellismannaleið.
Hólaskjól - three huts, 38 km. from Landmannalaugar. Rivers
Tel: 4871447, 8555812, 8555813
Hólaskógur - big hut, around 60 km. from Landmannalaugar. No
rivers to cross.
Tel: 6612503, 8978401
Rjúpnavellir - 2 huts by Ytri Rangá, 57 km. from Landmannalaugar. Rivers to cross. Part of Hellismannaleið. Tel. 8920409
can buy them in Landmannahellir by the warden or in Landmannalaugar
in the openingtimes of the shop and probably also at Skarð in
Landsveit. The license for one person for one day costs
2.000 IKR. You pay extra 1.000 IKR. which you get returned
when you turn in the fishing report. There are nomerous
lakes you can chose between and you may catch as much fish as
you possibly can with your rod.
Parasites in the pool
Some years ago parasites have been biting bathers (almost nothing in summer 2005). Late
August and September were the worst times (hardly og not noticed
in the early summer). Scientists do not agree on how serious
the bites can be. Most mean that they are only harmful
to birds, but some fear that the parasites also can adapt to
the human body (use the neuro system). We are waiting for official researches.
Reasearces never arrived - so more infomation from expierence (2005-2010). This kind of parasites seems to exist in nearly every natural warm water pool. Depending of the weather, time of the year and global warming influence there will be more or less of them. If you are do not have allegic reactions on moscito bites or flies - you should go and enjoy yourself in hot springs. Do not play to much with swimming vegitation - parasites are ofen find themself in there or in ducks. Do not play with ducks either.
you are allegic in some way to insects bites - enjoy yourself by making fan on your friends, trying to change dresses when the wind is cold, or make some pictures of them.
Gas cartridges More about
People have been told that the blue
Camping gaz cartridges
are availible in Iceland. This is hardly true. There
has been far to little imported, so usually all supplies are
finished before the middle of the season. We don´t
know how it will be next summer, but many complaints will maybe
change the situation. We still have enough but you first have to arrive in Landmannalaugar :)
grey Coleman cartridges are usually available. The
bigger screwed type exists in two variations, which look almost
the same, but your cooking equipment maybe fits to just one of
them (too short needle). More information about GAS.
is hard to get purified benzin for a cooker withour having
to buy 5 liters at once.
spiritus is more easy to get, but it is only in one
liter bottles. That
you will get in Landmannalaugar and we shall try to have the
benzin as well.
National Land Survey of Iceland (Landmælingar Íslands) made
a special map for the area around and between Landmannalaugar
and Þórsmörk. The Laugavegur trail is
marked on it. The scale is 1:100.000. We sell it
for 1.000 IKR
also made maps in scale 1:50.000 but they cover small area
each. The one with Landmannalaugar
(1812 I) is sold out in the country.
Mál & Menning also made a special map in scale 1:100.000,
covering bigger area. It´s a beautyful map but not
all markings are reliable. We don´t sell it.
are two maps, worth mention it, specially about Landmannalaugar
and it´s surroundings:
Ferðafélag Íslands published
a map with detailed landshapes but the markings on it
are fatally wrong. We don´t sell it but you can bring
it to us for corrections.
We are publishing since 2005 tectonically less exact
maps, but with very correct markings and explanations
for hikers. Keep attention, please, that wandering routs has been changing and are still
We in Landmannalaugar
have the only real shop in the southern highlands.
Since summer 2011 there are new shopkeepers. The busses were still there and in general not many changes made, since Nína and Smári. Major changes will hopefully be presented here, as (if) they happen.
You can also buy something to eat at Hrauneyjar and in Þórsmörk, if you ask for it.
Hrauneyjar, on the other hand, there is a kiosk, a restaurant
and a gasoline station.
You can not buy fuel and hot food