Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour
Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour

Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour

5 days

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Explore the world’s third-largest geothermal area in Iceland on cross-country skis

This is the winter adventure you’ve been dreaming of, especially if you’re a cross-country skier with only a few days to spare for an epic tour! For five days, you’ll follow an experienced and knowledgeable guide throughout the ethereal landscapes in Landmannalaugar, which is one of the world’s geothermal hot spots. You know what that means: soaking in hot springs every day before and after skiing. Bliss!

Iceland is home to some of the world’s most magnificent nature, and this is your ticket to explore it! Since the Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour takes place during winter, your chances of witnessing the northern lights are very high. For a jam-packed adventure through lava fields, ice-field gorges, and many, many steam vents releasing the earth’s pressure, look no further than this 5-day cross-country ski tour in central Iceland.

Highlights of the Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour

Embrace the supernatural energy of Landmannalaugar’s geothermal hot spot, and maybe spot the northern lights!
Practice your cross-country glides in the vast, open Icelandic snow-covered lava fields.
Stand in front of the massive Torfajökul glacier and catch a glimpse of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, in the distance.
Spend each night just a few dozen steps away from magical, hot geothermal pools surrounded by snow.

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Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour Itinerary

Day 1 XC Ski to Landmannalaugar Trail

Get ready for five days of jam-packed adventure! Your tour will start early with a pick-up from your accommodation and a drive to the trailhead in Sigalda. Once you’re there, it’s time to clip into your cross-country skis and get your ski legs under you.

The amazing landscapes waste no time in impressing you. First, you’ll cross lava fields, then cross over the Hnausar Pass, enjoying a slight descent to stunning highland Lake Frostastaðavatn.

Your luggage awaits you in the mountain hut, and after you settle in, you can head out for your first geothermal dip just steps away from where you’ll sleep tonight.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut
Distance: 6 hours, 100m of ascent/descent
Meals: Lunch, dinner

Day 2 Explore Ljótipollur Crater

Enjoy a morning bath before breakfast if you wish! Nothing compares to the peace and solitude you’ll feel out here. Don’t worry about packing up because you’ll return to the same hut after spending the day exploring the area.

On today’s route, you’ll unearth the wonders of the Ljótipollur Crater, created from eruptions dating back to the 15th century. Continue the cross-country loop around the crater and catch an incredible vista of a highland lake, then push on to see views of nearby peaks.

When you return to the hut, take another dip in the geothermal pool to relax your muscles.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut
Distance: 5 hours, 100m of ascent/descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3 Stórihver Hot Springs

Fuel up on breakfast for a more demanding day than the last two. First, you’ll begin an ascent through hills dotted with steam vents, releasing the earth’s pressure. Then, press on to a vast opening emitting clouds of vapour. As if today wasn’t mystical enough already!

End the ski day with a cruisy downhill stretch to reach the mountain hut for the night. And, guess what—there are more hot springs!
Overnight Location: Mountain hut
Distance: 6 hours, 550m of ascent/descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 Cross Icecaps to Öræfajökull Glacier

Set out on your last full day of the tour to find two immense craters, Hattur (the Hat) and Skalli (the Bold). From there, you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping views of the nearest glacier, Torfajökull, and the ice-filled canyons around it.

In the late afternoon, head to your mountain hut accommodation and get your final soak in the steamy pools nearby.
Overnight Location: Mountain hut
Distance: 5 hours, 600m of ascent/descent
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 XC Ski to Sigalda and Return to Reykjavík

All good things come to an end! You’ll cross-country ski your way out of the Icelandic wilderness after breakfast. Relish in your final glides through lava fields and Landmannalaugar scenery.

Your driver will be waiting for you in Sigalda to return to Reykjavík. Pat yourself on the back for completing 100 km of cross-country skiing in five days! Now, on to the next journey.
Overnight Location: None
Distance: 4 hours
Meals: Breakfast

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Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour Price and Dates

This guided tour in Iceland is always run as a private tour for your group only and the price always depends on the number of people in your group.

Prices below are per person:

  • Guided Groups of 6: $2,495 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 7: $2,350 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 8: $2,225 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 9: $2,150 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 10: $1,995 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 11: $1,825 USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 12: $1,725 USD per person
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Accommodation on the Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour

This tour is based in traditional mountain huts. The huts are basic with dormitories for sleeping and fully-equipped kitchens.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travellers
Single rooms are not available on this tour as mountain huts only have shared dormitories.

Hotels on Standard Tour

Night 1-4

Mountain huts in Iceland

Stay in a shared mountain hut. You’ll have access to basic amenities and shared dormitories for a comfortable night in the wilderness.

What’s Included in the Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour?

Meals

4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 4 dinners are included.

Accommodations

Accommodation for 4 nights is included. Accommodations before or after the tour are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Transportation for your luggage is included during the tour. At the start and end of the tour, transportation to and from Reykjavík is included.

Also Included

  • Experienced English-speaking guide

Not included

  • Sleeping bag and mat (available to rent)
  • Cross-country ski equipment
  • Personal expenses and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights to and from Reykjavik
  • Anything not mentioned as included

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag rental
  • Sleeping mat rental
  • Ski equipment rental
  • Extra nights in Reykjavík before or after the tour

Frequently Asked Questions about Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour

Icelandic Mountain Guides are a boutique adventure tour company that has been sharing the best of Iceland’s beautiful wilderness since 1994. Their passion for nature and adventure drives them to provide quality, fun and educational experiences for their guests. They are also committed to the environment, carbon neutralizing all of their day tours.

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Map of Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour

Map of Landmannalaugar Cross-Country Ski Tour

Is this tour for me?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. You should be comfortable cross-country skiing for up to 6 hours daily.

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