Landmannalaugar, Iceland
August 12, 2014

This is the tenth of twenty locations in Southern Iceland that are in my forthcoming guide "A Landscape Photographer's Tour of Southern Iceland" and this series of blog posts are to whet your appetite for Iceland as a photographic destination. The guide provides the same kinds of information my UK guides provide, including maps, 360 degree interactive panoramic photographs, directions, and more.

Landmannalaugar is situated within the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in Iceland's southern highlands. It's name actually means "People's Pools" and comes from the warm geothermal heated pool nearby that many people bathe in.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

The area has spectacular multicoloured mountains of pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, and white. The colours come from the unusually slowly cooling mineral rich lava that formed the mountains. One of the most colourful of the mountains is the 855 meter high Brennisteinsalda, meaning "Sulphur Wave", an active volcano with sulphurous springs and vapour around it's foot. Another mountain popular with hikers is Bláhnjúkur or "Blue Peak". At 940 meters Bláhnjúkur is one of the highest peaks in the area and has excellent view in all directions.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

The area around Landmannalaugar is popular with hikers and there are plenty of short day hikes. Landmannalaugar is also the starting point for the 54 kilometre (34 mile) Laugavegur trail from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

As well as the mountains there are other amazing geographic features including lakes, hot springs and lava fields. The Laugahraun lava field is close to Landmannalaugar, it's jagged forms covered with the humorously named Wooly Fringe moss, one of the only species of plant that will grow on the porous lava.

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

The area is only accessible during the summer from June to September as the roads are closed over the winter. Even during summer snow still remains in the valleys between the mountains.

The photographs in this blog post are actually frames from video taken with a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera. I hope to have a short video of the locations available soon.

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