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Arctic Hot Springs

Landmannalaugar is a place in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. It lies at the edge of Laugahraun lava field. Here, visitors can experience natural geothermal hot springs while surrounded by a rocky, otherworldly landscape.

To get to this location, visitors hike the Laugavegur trail. Since the trail is long and arduous, the Iceland Touring Association operates a mountain hut with sleeping bag accommodation for 75 people and a public toilet with showers. During the tourist high season there is also a small shop there that sells coffee and basic groceries, as well as a horse tour agency. ICE-SAR highland patrol in Fjallabak operates from here. Several bus companies have regular trips to and from the area during the tourist season.

Four routes lead to to this area, but only one of them is accessible by regular car. The road is rough, with stones the size of fists, as well as washing-board sections.

Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails. The most popular routes include the 2 hour hike through the Laugahraun lava field to Mt. Brennisteinsalda (“Sulphur Wave”), the 1 hour hike up Mt. Bláhnjúkur (“Blue Peak”) and the 4 hour hike to Ljótipollur crater lake (“Ugly Puddle”).

This area can also be the starting point of several longer hiking trails, such as the 3-4 day Hellismannaleið route at the base of the Hekla volcano and Sprengisandur route. The latter is reserved for hikers prepared to travel through the volcanic desert.

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