Laugafell - another beautiful remote corner Jul 03, 2008
The mountains Laugafell and Laugafellshnjukur (892 and 987 m) are situated northeast of the third larges glacier of the country, Hofsjokull. River Hnjukskvisl runs between them and River Laugakvisl north of Laugafell. There a geothermal area with three main hot springs (40-50°C) is situated. It creates a warm brook along which amazingly many species of plants grow in spite of the elevation (>700 m).
A small area, called Fellshalafla, is the southernmost grazings for horses before the long ride across the Sprengisandur route is attempted, is situated southeast of Mt. Laugafell. According to the legend, a lady from the farm Grund in The Eyjafiord District spent time there along with her domestics during the period of the bubonic plague and is said to have had a bath chiseled into the hyaloclastite near the present hut (1948 and renovated since).
This pool has been maintained and improved during the centuries since then. It is easy to get to this area from the so-called Sprengisandur Route, from The Eyjafiord Valley and The Vesturdalur Valley in Skagafiord, but more of a challenge from the Kjalvegur Route along the northern edge of The Hofsjokull Glacier.
To each Laugafell follow the F26 and then follow the F752 to Laugafell.
The track is winding and rough so best use 4x4 and take it slow!
There is a beautiful cabin here run by the Icelandic and a lovely warm hot spring . The Laugafell hut was built in 1948-1950. It is located south of the end of valley Eyjafjardardalur and about 15 kilometres NE of glacier Hofsjokull. It is heated with thermal water from the hotsprings in the area. It contains all necessary utensils and a stove. A warden attends the hut during summer. It accommodates 15 people +5 in the attic of the WC and shower house. Outside is a swimming pool and a camping site. Tracks and trails lie in different directions from the hut, i.e to Eyjafjordur, Skagafjordur, Bardardalur valley, and to the Sprengisandur Route.
Highly recommended and a lovely cabin!
Part of the Nordic Expedition 2008 - Part 2 - Iceland travel blog
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