Photo by Ragnar Th. Sigurdsson/age fotostock
Landmannalaugar (the name translates as "Countryman’s Bathing Pool") is a scenic hot springs area in southern Iceland. Accessible by bus during summer, seasoned hikers will want to take up the 37-mile Landmannalaugar Trail, which stretches from the springs to Þórsmörk, crossing some incredibly varied and unforgettable scenery spanning ice-capped mountains, black-stone deserts, rocky lava fields and glacial river valleys. Given the terrain, it’s not exactly a stroll in the park, especially as you have to carry your own food supplies and extra clothing, but there are bunkhouses and campsites 9 miles along the way. Be sure to pack warm clothing for the evenings, a map and compass for directions, and also some waterproof outerwear for bad weather and wading through glacial rivers.
By Paul Sullivan, AFAR Local Expert
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