Ljótipollur

Day 74. 12th September. Ljótipollur, Highlands, Iceland.

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The first half of the images in this post are views of the area surrounding the Ljótipollur crater, though I can’t put names to most of them.

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This one is looking up Veiðovotn.

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That line of stones means we are now in the car parking zone and now looking toward the Ljótipollur, hidden I think by heavy rain.  Probably I’m sitting in the camper taking refuge from the rain and shooting out the window.

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Just two minutes later it’s starting to be a lot clearer.

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And here is our first view of the Ljótipollur volcanic lake.  It was formed by an eruption in 1477, part of an explosive fissure one hundred kilometres long.

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Details from the caldera walls.

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Ljótipollur means Ugly Puddle which is a strange name for a spectacular lake.  It derives from an ancient belief by sheep herders that there was something in the water producing hallucinations or optical illusions.  That we know this must mean that some sheep talk too much.

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Looking towards the south west corner of the lake.  The lake is around fifteen metres deep.

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And now the north east.  The lake is also a significant fishing area for brown trout.

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Rain or fog starting to descend again….

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7 comments on “Ljótipollur

  1. Rajiv says:

    Wow. These are beautiful

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  2. Greta photos… I can’t believe how much the landscape and weather can change so much in just a few minutes!

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  3. Love the streaks of snow.

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