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Highland Bus

Hiking in Iceland

In a land filled with geological wonders, an untouched wilderness and vast open spaces, it makes sense that hiking is a favourite activity among the locals. Some of Iceland’s most popular hiking trails are in the south of Iceland, in and around the Þórsmörk area. These trails (e.g. Fimmvörðuháls and Laugavegur) come highly recommended for their extraordinary beauty, glorious views and diversity in landscapes.

Do you want to know more about hiking in the highlands of Iceland? See your complete guide to Iceland's highlands.

The Highland Bus

The green oasis that is Þórsmörk is surrounded by the Iceland highlands, glaciers and glacial rivers and crossing these rivers and tracks is not recommended for regular vehicles. Reykjavik Excursions runs scheduled highland buses daily to and from the most popular hiking trails in the area. Explore your options to buy transfer to and from your designated route.

Departures to Þórsmörk from BSÍ Bus Terminal, Hella or Hvolsvöllur daily between May 26th and September 15th.

Departures to Landmannalaugar and Skógar from BSÍ Bus Terminal, Hella or Hvolsvöllur daily between June 15th and September 11th.

See the Highland Bus schedule here: Iceland Highland Bus Schedule 2024

See the Highland Bus Prices: Iceland Highland Bus Price list 2024

Book in advance to guarantee your seat and the lowest price online!

Highlad Bus schedule 2024
Highlad Bus schedule 2024

Highland Bus

Highland Bus (previously "Iceland On Your Own") is the name for Reykjavik Excursions' scheduled bus operation. During the summer, Highland Bus is the perfect way for the independent traveller to experience Iceland's most popular hiking routes.
No guides are on our scheduled busses.
Tickets can be bought on this page, at the BSÍ Bus Terminal in Reykjavík or at selected information centres and booking offices around Iceland.
Pick up and drop off is not included. Most of our departures from Reykjavík stop at Reykjavík City Hostel/Campsite and BSÍ Bus Terminal.

We offer baggage transfer to Þórsmörk and Landmannalaugar.

For baggage transfer to Landmannalaugar you need send email to if you are not picking up the baggage on the same day or the day after shipping. The baggage will be stored at the Mountain Mall in Landmannalaugar and a storage fee needs to be paid when picking up the baggage. The price per item is 2000 ISK.

You can choose between three different areas within Þórsmörk: Húsadalur (Volcano Huts), Langidalur or Básar.
The price per item is 2000 ISK. The payment will be processed on-site at the BSI bus terminal or with your bus driver if you depart from Hvolsvöllur, Hella, or any other location on our route.  The baggage transfer is limited to a backpack, box, or a cabin size bag plus a sleeping bag (Maximum luggage size excluding the sleeping bag: 55x40x20 cm, maximum weight: 10 kg). Please make sure that items are in a waterproof bag and are properly labeled. Please note that depending on the delivery location the baggage might be placed in an unattended room or a trailer until picked up. Reykjavik Excursions assumes no responsibility for baggage after it is dropped off, but in the Icelandic highlands, this shouldn’t really be a problem. You do not need to book and pay for baggage transfer for the bags that you bring with on the hike, only if you are sending bags to a different location than you are travelling to.

Children 3 or 4 years and older (over 18 kg) can use the normal seat belts on our buses. Children 0-3 years of age must use an appropriate child's car seats. Please note that Reykjavík Excursions does not provide child seats on the Highland Bus.

We offer the transfer of bikes to and from the highlands for a small fee. This has to be reserved beforehand, as a limited number of bikes are accepted per bus. Please feel free to send us an email or call us to get it done.  The price is 4.500 ISK per bike. It can be packed in a box or assembled. The bike will be stored in the luggage compartment. The payment will be processed on-site at the BSI bus terminal or with your bus driver if you depart from Hvolsvöllur, Hella, or any other location on our route.  Please note that you might be asked to remove tires or pedals if needed. Reykjavík excursions takes no responsibility for damage that may occur when transporting bicycles.

Yes, if there are seats available. However we recommend booking online to guarantee a seat and for the best price available. Payments with cash are not accepted on the bus only payments with debit or credit cards

Located at the BSÍ bus terminal is Bag Drop that offers luggage storage for up to 7 days -

Also located at the BSÍ bus terminal is Luggage Lockers where you can store you bag for up to 4 days from June 1st - Sept 14th and 30 days from Sept 15th. - May 15th