Landmannalaugar - A hidden wonder in central Iceland Jul 02, 2008
Landmannalaugar is a wonderul beauty spot to the east of Reyjakvik in the southern highlands.
The whole Landmannalaugar area is famous for its natural beauty. The area consists of many geological elements, most obvious being the rhyolite mountains and vast lava fields, rising up right by the main mountain hut. The many mountains in the surrounding area are colored in variations of pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, white and more, the most notable mountains being Bláhnúkur (Blue peak) and Brennisteinsalda (Sulphur dune).
There are some stunning views here and the light changes constantly meaning never ending stream of wonderful picture opportunities!!
Even if it is a popular tourist destination, with tourists visiting the area from June through late September, it is still very unspoilt. Ohh after these times the road is closed due to snow!
A mountain lodge, in operation since 1951, can accommodate 78 people and has basic amenities. It is located centrally near natural geothermal hot springs, also popular with tourists. we found the spring to be warm not hot ... probably ok for a quick dip!!
Two routes lead to Landmannalaugar and one of them is accessible by regular car, though the road is rough. The easiest route to Landmannalaugar is to take either Rd. 30 from the mainroad and change into 32, cross the Sultartangi hydro-electric dam, going onto 26, then F208 and just before arriving in Landmannalaugar, making a right turn to F224. Road 26 can also be accessed directly from Rd. 1 just before arriving in the small village of Hella, crossing through typical Icelandic farmlands.
From late June and through the summer, a couple from the Westfjords come and serve food and coffee to travelers in their green bus-shop, Fjallafang, as well as selling other things useful to travelers.
The camping at Landmannalaugar is not easy .. the site is full of rocks and the tent area on hard ground. Bring good pegs, extra guys and make use of the rock lying about in nicely boxed piles!
The site has a good area for cooking, showers and toilets.
Quite reasonable priced too!
Just watch for bad weather!
Part of the Nordic Expedition 2008 - Part 2 - Iceland travel blog
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