Landmannalaugar is a volcanic hotspot in the country’s southern highlands. Landmannalaugar is famous for the multi-coloured mountains caused by the interaction of rhyolite rock and geothermal gasses. It is tough to drive there, the road is tough for a car, but a jeep copes with the rough road much better.
The landmannalaugar mountains are situated in an area called “Fjallabak” meaning behind the mountains. This illustrates the remoteness of the area. The area is a hotspot and has seen a lot of volcanic activity. There are many steam vents which give the mountains a unique appearance. The other unique quality which make this area famous is the colour of the mountains. There are many different shades and colours and the mountains appear as if they have been painted.
There is a naturally heated bathing area in the middle of the campsite. This is totally natural and it can be strange to be swimming with the wildfowl. Apart from a few birds and the mossy vegetation, the area is void of life. The water is undrinkable due to the geothermal properties. The most abundant form of life is the campers, photographers and hikers who frequent the hills. For the fit adventurer there is a famous 4 day hike from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork.
This is a hiking area, so be prepared with good walking boots and suitable backpack. A lightweight tripod or mono-pod is convenient. Do take notice of weather warnings and keeps to established paths as much as possible.