Landmannalaugar to Hrauneyfoss

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Some very stark and austere landscapes.

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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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Ljótipollur Vistas

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

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After spending the morning at Landmannalaugar, I drove to Ljótipollur, only seven kilometres away.  This is on the way but I can’t be sure exactly where.  It’s raining at this point.  You can see the raindrops on the lens.

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The track into Ljótipollur is a road but I’ve just drawn a rough dotted line because the mapping interface I’m using (“Tyre”) doesn’t show that road.

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From near the Ljótipollur parking area, we are looking back at the road up and the landscape beyond.  I will show another view of this is a later post, with more snow.

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Ljótipollur is a volcanic lake but it is not this one.  there are spectacular views in many directions from here.  I can know approximately where I was when I took the photograph but not the direction I was facing.

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All images in this post are taken from the caldera walls of Ljótipollur.  I will show some images of Ljótipollur itself in the next post.

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This is not a place to stand to close to the edge because there is a lot of fine scoria that might give an uncertain footing.

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Rain and mist was descending and lifting and here it had set in for a while.  We are looking up Veiðovotn at a watery maze associated with the Tungnaá river.

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The same Veiðovotn view as earlier with the weather largely cleared.

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Some of these views were majestic indeed and probably a photograph cannot fully convey what it was like being there.  There is a power line in the bottom of this one though which disturbs the sense of isolation a touch.

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