Iceland Golden circle and Landmannalaugar


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Photo ofIceland Golden circle and Landmannalaugar Photo ofIceland Golden circle and Landmannalaugar Photo ofIceland Golden circle and Landmannalaugar


Trail stats

892.57 mi
Elevation gain
26,447 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
25,755 ft
Max elevation
2,953 ft
Min elevation
3 ft
Trail type
One Way
5 days 23 hours 38 minutes
August 4, 2016
January 2010
2,953 ft
3 ft
892.57 mi

near Hafnir, Suðurnes (Lýðveldið Ísland)

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Photo ofIceland Golden circle and Landmannalaugar Photo ofIceland Golden circle and Landmannalaugar Photo ofIceland Golden circle and Landmannalaugar

Itinerary description

A car trip through golden circle of Iceland attractions and 2 days hiking in Landmannalaugar mountains. The trip starts at Keflavik International airport (car booked at Geysir rental company located nearby). Hiking part of the trip consisted from the bus lift from Hrauneyjar Guesthouse to Landmannalaugar camping by the bus #11 of Reykjavik Excursions (major bus company of Iceland).


PictographPhoto Altitude 443 ft
Photo ofÞingvellir Photo ofÞingvellir Photo ofÞingvellir


Þingvellir anglicised as Thingvellir is a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Reykjavík. Þingvellir is a site of historical, cultural, and geological importance and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. It lies in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. To its south lies Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates can be clearly seen in the cracks or faults which traverse the region, the largest one, Almannagjá, being a veritable canyon. This also causes the often measurable earthquakes in the area.

PictographWaterfall Altitude 663 ft
Photo ofGullfoss Photo ofGullfoss


Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall) is an iconic waterfall of Iceland offering a spectacular view of the forces and beauty of untouched nature. Gullfoss is part of the Golden Circle tour, located in South Iceland on the Hvítá (White) river which is fed by Iceland´s second biggest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon which walls reach up to 70 meters in height. On a sunny day shimmering rainbow can be seen over the falls.

PictographReligious site Altitude 259 ft
Photo ofSkálholt Church

Skálholt Church

Skálholt was, through eight centuries, one of the most important places in Iceland. From 1056 until 1785, it was one of Iceland's two episcopal sees, along with Hólar, making it a cultural and political center. Iceland's first official school, Skálholtsskóli (now Reykjavík Gymnasium, MR), was founded at Skálholt in 1056 to educate clergy. In 1992 the seminary in Skálholt was re-instituted under the old name and now serves as the education and information center of the Church of Iceland.

PictographLake Altitude 262 ft
Photo ofKerið Photo ofKerið


Kerið (occasionally Anglicized as Kerith or Kerid) is a volcanic crater lake located in the Grímsnes area in south Iceland, on the popular tourist route known as the Golden Circle. It is one of several crater lakes in the area, known as Iceland's Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier, created as the land moved over a localized hotspot, but it is the one that has the most visually recognizable caldera still intact.

PictographThermal waters Altitude 932 ft
Photo ofHot Springs Hveragerdi Photo ofHot Springs Hveragerdi Photo ofHot Springs Hveragerdi

Hot Springs Hveragerdi

Without doubt, Hveragerði´s, most precious gem is it´s geothermal park. There can not be many towns in the world with hot springs literally in peoples back yard. The geothermal park is centrally located and is open every day in the summer time. A natural clay foot bath can be enjoyed in the park and afterwards you can soak your feet in one of the hot springs. In a hole in the park the locals bake the famous black bread using the geothermal ground as an oven.

PictographBeach Altitude 79 ft
Photo ofDyrholaey Photo ofDyrholaey Photo ofDyrholaey


The small peninsula, or promontory, Dyrhólaey (0.192 Miles / 120 meters) (formerly known as „Cape Portland” by seamen) is located on the south coast of Iceland, not far from the village Vík. It was formerly an island of volcanic origin, which is also known by the Icelandic word eyja meaning island.

PictographWaterfall Altitude 771 ft
Photo ofSvartifoss Photo ofSvartifoss


Svartifoss (Black Falls) is a waterfall in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name. Other well-known columnar jointing formations are seen at the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland, Devil's Tower in Wyoming, United States and on the island of Staffa in Scotland. There are also similar formations throughout Iceland, including a small cave on the beach of Reynisdrangar.

PictographLake Altitude 3 ft
Photo ofJokulsarlon


Jökulsárlón (literally "glacial river lagoon") is a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is now 1.5 kilometres (0.93 mi) away from the ocean's edge and covers an area of about 18 km2 (6.9 sq mi). It recently became the deepest lake in Iceland, at over 248 metres (814 ft), as glacial retreat extended its boundaries. The size of the lake has increased fourfold since the 1970s

PictographWaterfall Altitude 351 ft
Photo ofSkogafoss Photo ofSkogafoss


Skógafoss is a waterfall situated on the Skógá River in the south of Iceland at the cliffs of the former coastline. After the coastline had receded seaward (it is now at a distance of about 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) from Skógar), the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland.

PictographThermal waters Altitude 735 ft
Photo ofSeljavallalaug Photo ofSeljavallalaug Photo ofSeljavallalaug


Seljavallalaug is a protected 25-metre outdoor pool in southern Iceland. The pool is one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland and was built in 1923. Seljavallalaug is located not far from Seljavellir. The construction was headed by Bjorn Andrésson Berjaneskoti, who received the Ungmennafélagið Eyfelling for the work. Courses in the pool were initiated as part of compulsory education in 1927. The pool is 25 metres long and 10 metres wide and was the largest pool in Iceland until 1936. In 1990, a new pool about 2 km closer to the valley was built, but people can still go swimming in the old pool free of charge, but at their own risk. The pool is cleaned once every summer. Prior to that, it is often covered with thick ice, requiring care.

PictographWaterfall Altitude 118 ft
Photo ofSeljalandsfoss


Seljalandsfoss is one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland. Seljalandsfoss is located in the South Region in Iceland right by Route 1 (Iceland) and the road that leads to Þórsmörk Road 249. The waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls and natural wonders in Iceland. The waterfall drops 60 meters and is part of the river Seljalands-river that has its origin in the volcano glacier Eyjafjallajökull. One of the interesting things about this waterfall is the fact that visitors can walk behind it into a small cave.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 72 ft


PictographWaypoint Altitude 266 ft


PictographPhoto Altitude 295 ft
Photo ofRP4


PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,086 ft


PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,064 ft


PictographPhoto Altitude 420 ft
Photo ofStrokkur Photo ofStrokkur


Strokkur (Icelandic for "churn") is a fountain geyser located in a geothermal area beside the Hvítá River in Iceland in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavík. It is one of Iceland's most famous geysers,[1] erupting once every 8-10 minutes. Its usual height is 15-20 m, although it can sometimes erupt up to 40 m high.

PictographWaypoint Altitude 354 ft


PictographCampsite Altitude 922 ft


PictographBeach Altitude 43 ft
Photo ofReynisdrangar


Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village Vík í Mýrdal, southern Iceland which is framed by a black sand beach that was ranked in 1991 as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world.

PictographBeach Altitude 33 ft
Photo ofBlack Sand Beach Photo ofBlack Sand Beach

Black Sand Beach

PictographPicnic Altitude 69 ft
Photo ofLunch Place

Lunch Place

PictographPhoto Altitude 292 ft
Photo ofFjaðrárgljúfur Canyon Photo ofFjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a canyon in south east Iceland which is up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometres long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. It is located near the Ring Road, not far from the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The canyon was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers through the rocks and palagonite over millennia.

PictographBeach Altitude 7 ft
Photo ofBeach With Ice Photo ofBeach With Ice

Beach With Ice

PictographBus stop Altitude 1,125 ft

Landmanalaugar bus stop

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