Landmannalaugar, “the land of baths," as the name translates from the Icelandic, is a truly amazing place with its many thermal springs surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains. The valley, a geothermal oasis, is located in the Southern Highlands at an altitude of 600 m (1969 ft) above sea level, 20 km (12.4 mi) from the Hekla volcano.
Every year thousands of tourists flock here to see the unearthly beauty of the landscape, stroll through the lava fields, and take a bath in one of the natural hot springs. The most remarkable natural attraction of Landmannalaugar is the rhyolite mountains. The mineral assemblage in rhyolite causes the mountains to change their color depending on the lighting. You'll see the slopes in various shades of brown, yellow, pink, red, and blue. The two most impressive mountains, Brennisteinsalda (855 m, 2805 ft), the “Sulfur Wave", still an active volcano, and Bláhnúkur, the “Blue Peak" (940m, 3083 ft), are located very close to each other. You'll see sulfur-steaming vents upon the mountain hills, and if you get to the top -- incredibly beautiful views of the Laugahraun lava field..
The Landmannalaugar Valley is a landscape photographer's paradise!