Last week I was very lucky and got an opportunity to do one of the most popular treks in Iceland, the Laugavegur trek. The first stop on this trek is Landmannalaugar, a desert valley with hot pools in central south Iceland. It takes about two hours of driving through the desert to get to this area with a bus, but the drive is well worth it.
You can find out more about this area on wikipedia:Landmannalaugar (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈlan̥tmanːaˌløiɣar̥], the people’s pools) is a region near the volcano Hekla in southern section of Iceland’s highlands. The Landmannalaugar area is a popular tourist destination and hiking hub in Iceland’s highlands. The area displays a number of unusual geological elements, like the multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields, not far from the service center. The many mountains in the surrounding area display a wide spectrum of colors including pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, and white. Two of the most popular mountains among hikers are Bláhnjúkur (meaning “blue peak”) and Brennisteinsalda (meaning “sulphur wave”).
I had walked around 30 kilometers in the area surrounding Landmannalaugar on the first two days of the hike. The weather was excellent and I was able to capture some nice images of the landscape with my mobile: