Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Midsummer's dream, Part 5: Landmannalaugar, the Laugavegur trail.


My time in Iceland is nearing the end and so does the summer.
We set out on one last, but truly awesome experience.

The Laugavegur hike from the hot springs in Landmannalaugar towards Thorsmork at the coast.
It is a 55 km hike that will take the traveler past beautiful colored mountains, bright green moss, black deserts, glaciers and through raging wild rivers.

From the coast, a 4x4 bus takes us into the highlands to the Landmannalaugar hot springs, where we enjoy a relaxing bath in the natural pool.


The next morning we set of on the first leg of the hike, from Landmannalaugar to Alfravatn.
The clouds are low and it is raining from time to time, but it does make for dramatic photographs.











Then we descent down to Alftavatn, where we'll camp near the lake.


The following morning we experience the first of several river crossings. The water is runoff from a glacier and very very cold.


Onward through the black desert.










Until we reach the next stop at Emstrur. Here we'll camp in this wild and astonishing landscape.



The final leg of the hike takes us through deep canyons, more glacial river crossings until we reach our destination at Thorsmork (Valley of the Gods)







Here we take another 4x4 bus that will get us though more crazy rivers back to 'civilization'.

6 comments:

  1. Fantastic photos! What a place :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah, it is a beautiful country.

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  2. Bloody hell Martijn, what an absolutely stunning place.

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    1. Thanks mate, it sure is fun to relive all those old adventures.

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  3. Oh and like the muppet that I am, I managed to catch delete upon the phone version of me blog with me chubby fingers instead of publishing it...duh! any chance of you sending it again?
    Oh and don't ask how or why, blame it on the dog, but I've only just rediscovered your fine blog Martijn...duh two!

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    1. Haha, no problem John ;)
      Hope you enjoy my stories here. There is much more to come, but all in good time.

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