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Landmannalaugavegur downhill

600_3333-e_wToday I have the second part of our hike in Landmannalaugavegur for you: from the fumaroles back down to the parking ground.

This part of our hike also led us through fantastic landscapes. As you can see in the images, the landscape sometimes looked as it won’t be from this world.

600_3353-e_wThese landscape not only are fantastic, they are also huge. Look at the single image I’ve chosen for the cover image of this post. See the ants hikers on the ridge walking uphill one behind the other. How tiny they are. I used a 400mm telephoto lens for this shot. So, you have an idea, how far the that part was away from me. The other photo below shows the whole valley. Nearly in the middle (shortly after 12 o’ clock) you can find the scene from the photo above. This one is taken by using a wide-angel lens at 32mm. The two small white spots are quite characteristic and thus easy to locate. They are just like eyes left and right of a long nose. Maybe the remaining parts of a buried troll? 🙂 You know, you can click on the single photos to see them bigger.

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Landmannalaugavegur uphill

600_3232-e_wIn Landmannalaugavegur you can start for various hiking trips through the Icelandic highlands. Fantastic panoramic views to each side of your path. As you might remember, we were there around July 1st. But, we still found snow beside our path uphill.

The parking ground is at an altitude of 612m. Because of the weather conditions, we only made the small round trip, that led us up to an altitude of 706m, following a narrow path not wider than about 3 feet broad. Thus, you have to be very carefully, when someone else is coming downhill.

Everywhere you can see results of volcanic activity: fumaroles, obsidian rocks and tracks of sulfur. And, of course, a certain slight, but distinct, smell of rotten eggs.

While this post focused on our way uphill, my next post will introduce you to our way back to the parking ground. You can ‘see’ the parking ground in the photo above. 🙂 It’s just around the corner, behind the dark land tongue at the left.

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Passage to Landmannalaugavegur

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Landmannalaugavegur was the starting point for our next hike. It’s located in the middle of nowhere and the passage is really an adventure. When going to Landmannalaugavegur, pay much attention to the roads and calculate plenty of time. The landscape along the roads is really amazing. You definitely want to stop very often for looking around and enjoying the fantastic landscape.

Don’t expect paved roads and don’t expect bridges. In my photos below you can see the quality of the roads. You definitely need a four-wheeled off-road vehicle.

Landmannalaugavegur has a camping site, a snack-bar (inside the green bus), a hot pool, a parking site and lots of fantastic landscapes. More from that hike in my next post.

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