Why is landmannalaugar colorful?
When arriving in the area, you'll see colorful mountains, ranging from green to blue to black, yellow and even pink. These colors are completely natural, a result of local geothermal activity. It's an otherworldly experience to hike amongst is to experience the sheer vastness of this raw and magnificent place.
How do you get to Laugavegur trail?
Typically, you start in Landmannalaugar and head to Thorsmork, going north to south. From Thorsmark, you can take a bus back to Reykjavik. Or, you could continue hiking an extra day or two to Skogar (Laugavegur to Skogar). You could also go south to north, starting in Skogar or Thorsmork and heading to Landmannalaugar.
How much does it cost to go hiking in Iceland?
Hiking is free if you don't camp and there is a bus that can take you from Þórsmörk back to Skógar if you parked your car there (it's 8,000 ISK each way).
Landmannalaugar is one of Iceland's best areas for day hikes. Take your pick from short, easy trails or tougher climbs up ancient volcanos for panoramic views over the region. And if you are looking for a multi-day adventure, Landmannalaugar is the starting point for the famous Laugavegur Trek.
In theory, you can wild camp anywhere on the island unless it's forbidden (as in the national parks or nature reserves areas). But you need to remember that this law was made for a tiny nation of local Icelandic folk. Check ahead of time if there are any camping restrictions along the trail you chose to hike.
Given that the change in elevation is quite large over a relatively short distance, the trail is pretty steep, so hiking it can be a bit of a challenge. But it'll probably be the most beautiful challenge you have ever had!
POSSIBLE ITINERARIES. The Laugavegur Trail is a 34 mile (55 km) one-way trail between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork. On average it takes 3-4 days, but could be done in 2 days if you prefer long days on the trail.
Additional note: Laugavegur trail is perfect for solo hiking and camping. You feel it's rugged and difficult but you are not far from people in case you need help. There are other tourists (quite a lot of them) and there is no danger what so ever.