Jökulheimaleið 1

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

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

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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.

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There were still a few living plants.

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

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

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I think this lake must be Hraunvötn.

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Mysterious, elemental landscapes….

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Veiðivötn

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

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

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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.

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The shadows are lengthening.

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And here we are at Veiðivötn.

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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

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This lake is Skalavatn, recognisable by the distinctive islands.

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

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

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