Landmannalaugar in Winter - IMG53

6-day cross country ski tour in Landmannalaugar

Skiing to Landmannalaugar
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Skiing to Landmannalaugar

Skiing to Landmannalaugar
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Skiing to Landmannalaugar

Preparing the skis
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Preparing the skis

Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson


Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Hot River Bathing
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Hot River Bathing

Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson
What a fantastic trip! Our guide was incredible, we cannot say enough about him or his knowledge of everything Icelandic. The scenery could not be beat and the whole experience was really, really special. Even had one crystal clear night where the Northern Lights filled the sky. Wow.

- Ronald K -

Tour type: Cross country ski tour in Landmannalaugar




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Adult: 257000

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What's included: Guide, full board, accommodation, transportation

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Accommodation: Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation

Pick up: Pick up and drop off at your Reykjavík accommodation

Group size: Minimum 4, maximum 12

Language: English and French

Skiing per day: 5-6 hours

Note: This tour can also be offered as a private departure.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Cross country skiing in the highlands
    • Volcanic landscapes and steaming hot springs
    • Nature bath and Northern Lights

    Iceland has no reason to be jealous of continental Scandinavia when it comes to Cross country skiing with its northerly location just below the Arctic Circle. Here nature offers striking contrasts and incredibly diverse volcanic landscapes with craters, lava fields, snow filled gorges and canyons where thick steam curls burst out of Earth’s entrails. Travelling through these magnificent surroundings in the summertime is already an experience of continuous wonder. In winter, it is an extraordinary adventure open to only a few. Landmannalaugar, the base camp for this circuit, is known to summer guests for colorful landscapes and amazing geothermal activity (the world’s third biggest source of geothermal hot springs); in winter the region regains its calm and serenity and this landscape of ravines and canyons becomes even more memorable with steam clouds rising from the snow-clad hills. Add to this scenery the pleasure of nice warm bath in a hot spring under the evening sky, sometimes decorated with the northern lights, after a good solid day of skiing!

    All departures are in English and French 

    Total walking distance: 110 km (70 miles)
    Altitude: 400–1100 m (1310-3600 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 500 m (1640 feet)

    Included: Guide for 6 days, food for 6 days (from lunch day one to lunch day six), sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts, cooking gear, transportation.

    Not Included: Ski equipment. We reccomend that you bring your own equipment but in case of need skis, skins, ski boots and ski poles can be rented for 20.000 ISK. 

    Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík – Sigalda –Landmannalaugar
    Early pick up from the accommodation at 7:30. Leaving Reykjavík we head east on the road of Hellisheiði. After passing the village of Selfoss, we push north-west into Iceland’s interior, in the direction of the Atlantic rift. This road, the only road to the mountains that is cleared of snow, brings us to Sigalda, 23 km from Landmannalaugar where our vehicle drops us off. Here we put on our skis and set course in the direction of the lava fields of Bjallahraun. Our path takes us over the Hnausar pass, where it slightly descends to the lake Frostastaðavatn, before arriving at Landmannalaugar. We set camp in the mountain refuge where our luggage awaits us, and take our first hot bath just s few dozen meters from the hut.
    Driving: 3hrs   Skiing: 6hrs.     Difference in altitude: 100m.

    Day 2: Ljótipollur crater –  Landmannalaugar
    A day spent in the discovery of Ljótipollur, an enormous crater born out of a series of eruptions that rattled the region in the 15th century. The crater, which erupted on a fissure segment and is about 1.5 km long, is the home of an impressive lake. From underneath its white winter coat, we’ll most probably catch a glimpse of the black and red colors of its steep rocky walls. We continue the loop to the imposing mountain Kirkjufell before returning to the hut and a hot bath.
    Skiing: 5hrs.    Difference in altitude: 100m.

    Day 3: Stórihver hot spring – Hrafntinnusker mountain hut – Landmannalaugar
    We start our ascent through a concentration of steam vents on the hills of Brennisteinsalda, passing the crest to reach the great hot spring Stórihver. There we are met by an enormous opening emitting huge curls of vapor accompanied by a mystifying roar in this otherwise serene landscape. If the weather is favorable, we press on to the ice caves of Hrafntinnusker, before going around this obsidian mountain to reach the small mountain hut that lies there at an altitude of almost 1100m. From there, an easy descent to Landmannalaugar and its hot springs.
    Skiing: 6hrs.     Difference in altitude: 550 m.

    Day 4: “The Hat” – “The Bold“– Landmannalaugar.
    The craters Hattur (the Hat) and Skalli "the Bold" that give us breathtaking views of close by glacier Torfajökull (1199m) and the gorges of Jökulgil.  If we are greeted with clear skies we might even catch a glimpse of the great Vatnajökull  (the largest glacier in Europe) and the highest point in Iceland, and the immense ice caps of Hofsjökull and Langjökull.  In the late afternoon a good soak in the hot baths in Landmannalaugar.
    Skiing: 5hrs.     Difference in altitude: 600m.

    Day 5: The Hot springs of Vondugil – Suður Námur –  Landmannalaugar
    On our skis we explore the canyons and hot springs of Vondugil, before ascending a crater up to the summit of the mountain Suðurnámur with its exalting views. When the weather is good we can see the vastness of the open spaces extending from Vatnajökull to the east, to Hofsjökull, to the west of the rift. From there we descend towards Landmannalaugar.
    Skiing: 5hrs.     Difference in altitude: 400 m.

    Day 6:  Landmannalaugar – Sigalda –Reykjavík
    We leave the Landmannalaugar hut and head north through the lava fields of Dómadalur and the lake Eskihlíðarvatn. From there we reach Sigalda where our transport is waiting, having picked up our luggage from Landmannalaugar.  We return to Reykjavík where we arrive in the late afternoon.

    Note : All times are approximate. 

  • Equipment List

    Cross Country Skiing Tours - mountain hut

    - Equipment list for Cross Country Skiing Tours
 (Cross Country skiing / Nordic Skiing)

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Sturdy ski boots that fit your binding system. 
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Long Johns (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer). 
    • Warm Jacket – Wool or fleece (3rd layer). 
    • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell. 
    • Jacket with a good hood – Wind and waterproof, breathable material; e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable. 
    • Pants/bibs – wind and waterproof, e.g. Gore-tex or comparable.  
    • Gloves, 2 – 3 pairs of different thickness. 
    • Mittens – waterproof with good insulation.  
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat and/or Balaclava.
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)

    Other gear:

    • Sleeping Bag – Down or synthetic. Aim for light weight and warm bag. Goose down with high “fill power” or top of the line synthetic bags are recommended.
    • Backpack (day-tours) for extra clothes and food during the day. Size: 20-30 L (1200 - 2000 cu in).
    • Sunglasses. 
    • Ski Goggles. 
    • Sun Protection. 
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Change of clothes – e.g. long and short underwear, clothes for the hut.
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 1 – 2L. 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs etc. 
    • Swim suit (depends on tour). 
    • Head lamp. 

    Ski equipment:

    • Nordic touring / Cross country skies (min width of 50 mm) with steel edges and strong but lightweight bindings, e.g. Rottefella 75 mm, NNN BC or SNS XADV Raid. 
    • Skins covering the whole ski length and width in good working conditions. 
    • Extra glue (adhesive) for skins. 
    • Ski poles, strong with a big basket. 
    • Wax/Klister – depending on your type of ski.

    Optional gear:

    • Gaiters (optional) – Calf or knee height and wide enough for the boots. 
    • Pocketknife.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Heart-warming spirits. 
    • Light slippers for indoor use.

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact Our Gear Lexicon also contains more information on clothing and gear for this tour. 

  • Gear Lexicon

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  • FAQ


    IMG53 Landmannalaugar in Winter

    What type of sleeping bag do I need for this tour? What temperature rating do I need?

    • A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since the hut is heated.

    Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for the tour?

    • Yes, it is possible. The price pr. sleeping bag is 7.500 ISK
    • Please contact us at if you wish to rent a sleeping bag.

    What are the sleeping arrangements like in the hut?

    • The rooms have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some rooms also have a continuous line of beds in them.

    Is it possible to take a shower in the hut?

    • No, the showers are not operational during winter

    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the hut?

    • No, there is no electricity there during winter.

    Can we take a bath in the hot spring?

    • Yes, it is possible. It’s very close to the hut and a welcome relaxation after a day of skiing.

    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements.
    • Gluten free and Vegan diet will cost a little extra – 1.500 ISK pr. day.

    Will we ski on day 1?

    • Yes, so you need to be wearing some of the clothes you need for skiing and pack in such a way that you can quickly put on the rest of the gear..

    Meeting point and time

    • You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík between 7:30 and 8:00 am.

    Is it possible to rent skis through you?

    • Yes, it is possible. The price for skis, skins, poles and shoes is 20.000 ISK
    • If you are renting skis through us, you will need to send us your height, weight and shoe size.
      • It would be best if participants would at least bring their own shoes if they are renting skis.
      • We always recommend that people bring their own gear.
    • Fitting of the skis will have to be the day before the trip so make sure you arrive in Iceland at least 24 hours prior to departure.

    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included:Guide for 6 days, food for 6 days (from lunch day one to lunch day six), sleeping bag accommodation in a mountain hut, cooking gear, transportation..
    • Not included: International flights to and from Iceland, transportation between Keflavík airport and Reykjavík, accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour, ski equipment.

    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.

    Do you require a full payment at the time of booking?

    • Yes, we do. It is not possible to pay a deposit or confirmation fee.

    Do passengers assist with preparing breakfast and dinner during the tour?

    • This is by no means necessary but guides always welcome assistance from passengers with preparing meals and washing up after.

    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for 1.000 ISK pr. bag pr. day.

    Do all departures have an English speaking guide?

    • Yes, all departures will have an English and French speaking guide.

    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at

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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    12.02 - 17.02 2018 Available English/French Select
    26.02 - 03.03 2018 Available English/French Select
    12.03 - 17.03 2018 Available English/French Select
    19.03 - 24.03 2018 Available English/French Select
    02.04 - 07.04 2018 Available English/French Select

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