Jökulheimaleið 1

Day 76. 14th September. Jökulheimaleið, Highlands, Iceland.

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

This is the first of two posts in a dramatic black and white landscape.  Snow on scoria.

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

I spent the night at Veiðivötn but I was having trouble with my vehicle.  The roof wound up for sleeping and I could still get it up and down but the mechanism had partly broken.  I rang up JS Campers and they drove out from Reykjavik, met me at Hrauneyfoss and swapped for another vehicle.  Great service!  So while I was at Hrauneyfoss I had a restaurant meal and filled up with petrol.  Then I headed off back towards Veiðivötn but instead turned off along the Jökulheimaleið or F229.  That leads to some huts at Jökulheimar and a glacier view but I didn’t get that far.

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

There were still a few living plants.

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

The camper, red the previous day, had turned blue.  Not for long as it would turn out though.

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

We might be in Egypt with pyramids covered in snow or looking at sand dunes, but no, neither of those.

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

I think this lake must be Hraunvötn.

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

Mysterious, elemental landscapes….

.

F229, Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Jökulheimaleiđ, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

Veiðivötn

Day 75. 13th September. Veiðivötn, Highlands, Iceland.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

From Hrauneyfossar, heading towards Veiðivötn, over what appears to be a plain of volcanic mud.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

This is a map for the previous post as well as this one.  In that post, I came in from the Landmannaleið route (not shown except the pin for the end point), briefly visited Ljotipollur, and went on south a short distance to Landmannalaugar.  I then headed back along the road to Hrauneyfoss.  In this post the images show views along the route from Hrauneyfoss to Veiðivötn.  Dotted lines roughly show where I drove around on minor roads nead Veiðivötn.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

The shadows are lengthening.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

And here we are at Veiðivötn.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

There is a small seasonal settlement here, though I did not photograph it.  At the time I arrived they were just closing up for the end of the season

..

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness
This lake is Skalavatn, recognisable by the distinctive islands.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

The whole area is a tangle of lakes in a volcanic basin that is also the fissure line of previous eruptions.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness

It is probably the centre of trout fishing in the highlands, and was particularly so before some lakes in other areas were stocked.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness62 .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landscape, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Veiðivötn, Wilderness .

.

Landmannalaugar to Hrauneyfoss

Day 75. 13th September. Landmannalaugar to Hrauneyfoss, Highlands, Iceland.

.
Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness

I had come out the end of the old route Landmannaleið or F225 and was driving down the F208 towards Landmannalaugar.  This is Froststaðavatn, a fairly large lake not far from Landmannalaugar.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness

I briefly dropped in to Ljotipollur, the volcanic lake we saw three and four posts ago.  There is a similar image in one of those posts but with less snow.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness

Another view from Ljotipollur.  That road must be the side road out to the F208.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness

In the distance (you’ll probably have to click on the image to see it in larger size) is Landmannalaugar.  The buildings here are not the same as the ones shown earlier.  This is the camping area, a bit further on.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness

My next destination was Veiðivötn, as we shall see in the next post.  The turnoff from there was just before Hrauneyfoss, so I drove there to fill up with petrol and have a restaurant meal.  The following images are along the F208 on the way.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness

This hut looks exactly like one I have seen a picture to at Landmannahellir dating from 1927.  They must have built at least two in identical fashion at the time.

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness .

.

Highlands, Hrauneyfoss, Iceland, Landmannalaugar, Landscape, Ljótipollur, Nature, Photography, Snow, Travel, Wilderness

Some very stark and austere landscapes.

.