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5 Things to know about the Landmannalaugar region

By Staff

  • Landmannalaugar (People’s Pool) are geothermal hot springs that are open to the public for bathing in the most beautiful natural setting imaginable. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

  • Landmannalaugar is home to a number of unusual geological elements. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

  • Græni hryggur (Green Ridge) is one of the many natural wonders to be found in the Landmannalaugar region. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

  • A hike in Landmannalaugar is sure to bring a new experience to your life. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

When the road leading to the Landmannalaugar region in the central highlands opens late spring visitors flock to this spectacular oasis, attracted by its natural geothermal bathing pool flanked by steep black lava fields and the irresistible walking trails on the colourful mountains of the area.

 

1.    Geothermal hot springs
Landmannalaugar (People’s Pool) are geothermal hot springs that are open to the public for bathing in the most beautiful natural setting imaginable. Changing rooms are offered for those who want to give the springs a try, as well as outdoor showers for the complete natural experience. 

2.    Multicoloured mountains
The Landmannalaugar region is home to a number of unusual geological elements, like silica-rich igneous volcanic rock mountains and lava fields as far as the eye can see. Whether you’re an experienced hiker, or if you simply wish to enjoy natural beauty, a hike in the area is sure to bring a new experience to your life.  

3.    Camping
Landmannalaugar offers a beautiful camping ground, which includes access to a “Mountain Mall Shop,” operated inside a green American school bus from the ‘70s. The Mall stocks groceries and other items useful for camping should you forget to pack some essentials. 

Landmannalaugar. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

4.    The Ugly Puddle
Formed in 1477 during an explosive volcanic eruption, Ljótipollur (Ugly Puddle) is a deep, still lake packed with brown trout that is quite popular with fishing enthusiasts. It might surprise you that a lake with such a strange, unappealing name would be as appealing to the eye as it really is. The red crater rim complements the colour of the water perfectly, making this Ugly Puddle well worth the visit. 

5.    Hiking route Laugavegurinn
Iceland’s most famous hiking trail lies between Landmannalaugar and the Þórsmörk nature reserve. The route is 55 km (34.5 mi) and takes you up and down gloriously hued, desolate volcano hills, over bursting glacial rivers and clear blue water streams, alongside glaciers and rugged mountains, through lava fields and green valleys.  It’s essentially the whole spectrum of Iceland’s interior landscape compressed in one trip.
The trek is usually done in three to five days but the trail is also the scene of Iceland’s most popular endurance race with the fastest runners completing the whole route into less than five hours. The 2014 race was on July 12th. See more information on marathon.is

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