Day 19: Strútur – Landmannalaugar

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Day 19: Friday 21July 2017

 

Good night sleep in Strútur Mountain Hut.

Was very nice to sleep in a bed again, and out of the cold & wet weather…

 

Breakfast was once again from our Sponsor Drytech – Very nice warm breakfast packs – Quite tasty.

 

 

Weather at start of day was grey, overcast, with constant drizzle rain, and remained so for most of the day.

 

 

Re-joined Mountain Road F210 (Fjallabaksleið syðri), eastbound around northern edge of Mýrdalsjökull.
Couple of interesting river crossings today…

 

 

Drove Mountain Road F233 (Álftavatnskrókur) and Mountain Road F208 (Skaftártunguvegur) to Landmannalaugar, in Fjallabak Nature Reserve, within the Highlands of Iceland.

The roads conditions were very wet in places, with a lot of large puddles to just blast through…

 

 

 

As well as some interesting, if bumpy, river crossings.

 

 

Landmannalaugar 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 hot springs and surrounding landscape.

Landmannalaugar is the northern end of the Laugavegur hiking trail. The Iceland Touring Association operates a mountain hut and campsite.

ICE-SAR highland patrol in Fjallabak operates from here. Several bus companies have regular trips to and from Landmannalaugar during the tourist season.

 

 

Camped at Landmannalaugar Campsite operated by Iceland Touring Association (FI) who have a FI hut here.

Luckily, the rain stopped by the time we pitched camp, and remained overcast without rain for a couple of hours.

However, the ground was extremely wet, and essentially saturated from all the recent heavy rains…

 

Visited the Landmannalaugar Natural Hot Springs, where Neil took a dip in the very nice warm waters.

However, the water seemed less hot than the last time we visited during ICE2015 – and very crowded with tourists.

 

Gunnar and Dina took a bike ride around Landmannalaugar campsite area, on our 2 Expedition Bicycles.

 

 

Later, we all took a short hike onto the Landmannalaugar lava field, to gain the viewpoint over the Landmannalaugar area.

 


 

We also met a few of the wild “locals”

 


 

Neil was particularly interested in the lava field, as there were lots of Basaltic Obsidian (lava glass), which was excellent to see in such large quantities.

 

 

Once again, we used food supplied by our Sponsor Drytech.

These REAL Turmat meals were really great – just what was needed in this extremely remote region.

 

 

Weather returned to low cloud and drizzle rain later in the evening and overnight.

 

Read More:

5 Things to know about the Landmannalaugar region

 

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