The Landmannalaugar area is the most wanted in mountain biking in Iceland. Landmannalaugar is also the place where the famous trek, Laugavegur tail begins.
Not only is the scenery other worldly but the place also has one of the most famous natural hot springs in Iceland – one which you can actually bathe in! Landmannalaugar is really a place you must visit in Iceland.
Starting early we’ll leave Reykjavik, I’d say before dawn but hey, the Icelandic summer lasts 24 hours a day. The drive to Landmannalaugar is approximately 3 hours but don’t worry, we’ll make some stops on the way for to stretch, get some food and enjoy some sites on the way. Among the stops we’ll make is Háifoss. Háifoss is a waterfall dropping 122 meters, located close to the famous volcano, Mount Hekla.
Trails through lava fields
Once we’ve reached our destination, we’ll mount our bikes and ride an amazing circle in the area, starting and finishing right by the Landmannalaugar hut and facilities. During the ride we’ll make multiple stops for photo opportunities, to chat about Iceland and take in the otherworldly landscape. The trails run through the lava fields in the area, a mix of packed mud, some rocky sections and gravel. It will require some previous mountain biking experience without introducing any unavoidable steep downhill sections.
Post-ride relaxation will be at the natural geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar, a great way to finish off an awesome ride in the wild. After visiting the pool we’ll get into the car and head back to Reykjavik city.