At the beginning of a 4-day, 40-mile trek through the fringes of the Icelandic highlands, we saw these artistic masterpieces. Landmannalaugar. To me, they were the Rainbow Mountains. Majestic. Surreal. Hiking by this beautiful landscape seemed almost as if we were walking through a painting, in which the artist used impressionistic brushstrokes and colors to create the nature. No trees were nearby, only moss and short grasses, which were being consumed by small herds of sheep that resembled pieces of lint on a field of felt in the distance. This section of the Laugavegur Trail was one of the most breathtaking areas of the hike, and is surely something that visitors must see when traveling to Iceland.
By Ryan Heck
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