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Laugavegur on Iceland - Path of Ice and Hot Springs

5-day-Trekking from Landmannalaugar in the Highlands to Skˇgar on the South coast

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1. Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker
2. Hrafntinnusker - ┴lftavatn
3. ┴lftavatn - Emstrur
4. Emstrur - ١rsm÷rk
5. ١rsm÷rk - Skˇgar



3rd Leg (15km, +150m/-190m)
Today a bit more of distance is covered, but it's mostly flat. Two icy streams have to be forded. Then the Emstrur field of lava is to be crossed. No real obstacle - unless it is a stormy day. In a strong gale it can be impossible to carry on when the lava sand works like grit blasting with a power that tears your high tech outdoor cloths to tatters.


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Wet start:

Shortly after leaving the hut your first wade is to be done. The stream which leaves Lake ┴lftavatn is only one foot deep and helps to wake up.

Waterfall:

Just a few yards on the crossed stream holds a lot more water.

Hvanngil:

2 huts of the hiking club offer accommodation. It's a reliable alternative in case └lftavatn is already fully booked. The campground is green and protected against the wind.

Well signposted:

You won't get lost in Hvanngil.

Magic:

The landscape seems to be created for fantasy stories.

Caution:

Jeep drivers get final instructions before crossing the river.

Refreshing:

It's only knee deep but the strong current pulls at your calves. And it's very cold!

Black desert:

Signposts lead the walkers safely through the plain.

Torrential:

Walkers appreciate using the bridge. Otherwise the glacial river  Innri-Emstruß would be a main obstacle.

Grey and cold:

The water smells of sulfur. It's an adventure for all of your senses.

Finish of the day:

Not far yet: Just behind the mountain Botnar our hut is placed.

Dominant:

Viewing the Northern flanks of Botnar, as seen at an afternoon stroll to Stˇra-Mˇfell.

Canyon:

A must to see: The gorge of  Markarfljˇtsglj˙fur is only a short walk from the hut.

Deep sight:

The georg is up to 180m deep.

History of earth:

Geologists will be thrilled but also the layperson is amazed.

Green oasis:

Sheltered and almost idyllic the hut of  Emstrur is situated.

Waiting:

Outside the gale is storming, we are not allowed to walk on!
Everybody is waiting for the next forecast. Then we can go on - but only joined to groups.

 

 

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4. Emstrur - ١rsm÷rk


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