This photo tour takes you to Landmannalaugar in the Southern Highlands of Iceland and requires a modified 4×4 to cross some of the rivers to take you right to the heart of the Icelandic highlands.

Landmannalaugar Mountains

The clay, painterly mountains and valleys of shale and streams at Landmannalaugar greet the visitor, gently at first, and then all at once in a magnificent panorama. The route in is littered with red or grey tinder cones and their weirdly veins of moss winding to their summits. The park is more like a rock concert than base camp with tents, jeeps, bicycles and hardy hiking folk – so many in such a remote location. The area is a perfect hiking zone. A hot spot for hiking photography and camping, Landmannalaugar is a Geothermal hot spot with fantastic rhyolite rocks with colourful painterly appearance.

Landmannalaugar crater lakes

The road in to the park is rich with lava fields, volcanic landscapes and craters. Many of the carters have lakes with rich geothermal colours.

Blahylur blue crater

An hour hike will get you to the top of one of the hiking trails.

Landmannalaugar Hiking


Running only from mid June to mid September (and can be subject to change). Landmannalaugar can be included on a multi-day South Coast Tour with some custom tour adjustments.

Timings: The photo tour could start late afternoon mid Summer. This trip could involve shooting through the night hours (22.00-06.00) and returning to Reykjavik at ‘Stupid o’clock’ in the morning. Reverting to regular hours towards August.


Cotton Grass and mountains reflected in a rain pool.

Locations and activities:

Getting to the park requires a lot of driving on rough mountain roads. Although a lot can be seen from a car, passengers will be encouraged to hike through lava fields and up mountain paths to conquer stunning scenery. Our tour will take you in on one road and out on another to give you a continuing sense of movement. The route may include standing on Mount Hekla – one of Iceland’s most famous volcanoes. Our photo guides are familiar with the area and know the best places to catch the best light and the best compositions. Other activities may include bathing in the geothermal pool at the base camp.

A short hike will put you into a foreground rich lava field.


Here you can reserve a photo tour which includes the Highlands. Select the “Highlands” option for places like Landmannalaugar, Kerlingarfjoll or Hveravellir. It is possible to book multi-day photo tours with days in the highlands also.

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