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Hiking in Iceland: Landmannalaugar

Hiking in Iceland: Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar – Hiking in Iceland

Landmannalaugar is a place in Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the highlands of Iceland. It is at the edge of Laugahraun lava field, which was formed in an eruption around the year 1477. It is known for its natural geothermal hotsprings and surrounding landscape.

Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails. The most popular routes include the 2 hour hike through the Laugahraun lava field to mountain Bennisteinsalda, the 1 hour hike up mountain Bláhnjúkur and the 4 hour hike to Ljótipollur crater lake.

Landmannalaugar can also be the starting point of several longer hiking trails, such as the 3-4 day Hellismannaleið route at the base of Hekla volcano, Sprengisandur route for hikers prepared to travel through the volcanic desert and the popular hiking trail Laugarvegur.

The hiking trail Laugavegur takes usually 4 days and ends in Þórsmörk, but one or two can be added, trekking the all the way to Skógar nearly at the coast via Fimmvörðuháls between the two glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

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