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Landmannalaugar is a region near the volcano Hekla in the south of Iceland.

The region lies in the Highlands and is said to be one of the most beautiful of Iceland because of its various volcanoes and the ensuing special colouring of the landscape. Grey and blue ashes as well as black lava is found at the volcano Blhnjkur. Red, brown and yellow are seen for example at the sides of another volcano next to it, the Brennisteinsalda. An obsidian lava field reaches from the sulfur hot springs near this mountain down to the river and the hut of the Icelandic Hiking Club. There people are taking a bath in a naturally heated little river. Sometimes you have to watch out, not to touch the river bottom to much: It is like a bed of hot charcoals.
A very famous hiking trail, Laugavegur, leads from here to rsmrk and over a mountain pass, down to Skgar.

Landmannalaugar is a highly interesting place in geological sence but also for its history and vegetation. Most important though is the beauty of the surrounding. Such a multiplicity of colours and shapes are not to be found in one other place in nature.

This pearl of the interior is situated in a valley between colourful mountains at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field Laugahraun. Many hot and cold springs create a bathing warm brook, where people bathe. The mountains are split with gullies and gorges, one of which, the Jokulgil, is about 13 km long. It is possible to hike all the way to its end, when the river is not swollen, and there are several other hiking possibilities in the area. Landmannalaugar is also the starting point for those, who want to hike to the Thorsmork area in the south. It is easy to walk there in three days, but many prefer to spend more time enroute to be able to enjoy the trip to the utmost.

Picure scanned for TE using a Nikon Coolscan V.

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