The Iceland Touring Association first built a hut in Landmannalaugar in 1951, but the present hut dates back to 1969. The huts are located about 600 metres above mean sea level at the edge of the lavafield Laugahraun on a few hot springs, which create excellent bathing conditions in a natural brook.
The dwelling hut is two storeys high and offers sleeping bag accommodations for 75 people The ground floor comprises a spacey entry, a large sleeping hall, a kitchen and a storage room. Upstairs are three large sleeping rooms and one small. The house is heated the whole year round and gas is used for cooking. All neccessary appliances are in the kitchen. Outside is a large house with WC and showers and the wardens hut, there the reception is located. The camping site is to the northeast of the houses.
Landmannalaugar is either the beginning or the end of the hiking trail to or from Thorsmork. All around the houses are unbelievably beautiful hiking trails, short and long.
The telephone number of the hut from July 1st to September 30th is: 860-3335
GPS co-ordinates: 63°59.600 19°03.660.
Source: ITA Tel.: 568 2533, [email protected]
Landmannalaugar, this pearl of the interior is situated in a valley between colourful mountains at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field Laugahraun. Many hot and cold springs create a bathing warm brook, where people bathe. The banks of the brook are boggy and lush vegetated and people are kindly asked to use the wooden path across the bog to the brook. It is forbidden to use soap in the brook. The surroundings of L. are too colourful and magnificent to describe with words. The mountains are split with gullies and gorges, one of which, the Jokulgil, is about 13 km long.
It is possible to hike all the way to its end, when the river is not swollen, and there are several other hiking possibilities in the area. Landmannalaugar is also the starting point for those, who want to hike to the Thorsmork area in the south. It is easy to walk there in three days, but many prefer to spend more time enroute to be able to enjoy the trip to the utmost. The tourist hut in Landmannalaugar accommodates 110 or more people and there is a camping area, where it is extremely difficult to drive the pegs into the ground, and if it starts blowing hard, rocks have to be used to weigh the tents down. People are kindly asked to return the rocks to the wooden crates after use. Landmannalaugar is a part of a larger nature reserve.
During summer the scheduled busses of Austurleid-Kynnisferdir stop over at Landmannalaugar every day. Scheduled bus services from Landmannalaugar to Lake Myvatn in the North are also available
Sigalda (F-208) 27 km, Crossroads (26/F-225) 49 km, Eldgja 41 km, Kirkjubaejarklaustur 120 km.