Landmannalaugar is a region with colourful mountains, volcanoes and hot springs. Its name is Icelandic and means the people’s pools. The different colours of the mountains are caused by the interaction of rhyolite rock and geothermal gasses. Located next to Laugahraun lava field, which was formed in an eruption around the year 1477, in the highlands of Iceland it is part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve.
There are four routes to get to Landmannalaugar by car. Three of them are only accessible by 4WD – Landmannaleið is one of them. The mountain hut in Landmannalaugar offers sleeping places for 75 people as well as a public toilet with showers.
Landmannalaugar is the northern end and usually the starting point for the Laugavegur hiking trail. The main shopping street in Reykjavík has the same name as the four-day-long hiking trail referring to the many people that walk the trail every day. Actually, the name means „Landmannalaugar Trail“. Lauga is a shortened version for Landmannalaugar and vegur is Icelandic for trail.