Landmannalaugar and Lakagígar
This is almost the end of our Icelandic adventure and I still have a regret. There is a place I wanted to visit but due to the terrible weather we had to cancel. Fortunately we finished touring around Iceland in three weeks instead of the four weeks planned, which means that we have one week left. This is a great occasion to go back to the south of the island and visit this place called Landmannalaugar. Landmannalaúgar is one of the most famous places in Iceland. It is highly renown among hikers from around the world for its wonderful 4-days hike that leads to Þórsmörk. But hikers aren’t the only one to love this place. Photographers also worship Landmannalaugar for its incredible textures and colors. Furthermore, an encounter with an Icelandic photographer confessing to me that it was his favorite place let me no choice but to go there!
Despite its refugees camp’s look, the camping site is quite nice with its incredible natural hot bath. The only trick is that you have to cross a river just before entering. We have no choice but to hold our stuff and walk a bit. Kioki is powerful but she does not swim well ;)
Unfortunately, during the two days we stay here I am not really lucky, photographically speaking. On the first day the sky is foggy, on the second one the sun is too bright and lights too harsh. Anyways, despite this photographic misfortune we spend a very good time hiking in this “best of Iceland”: lava fields, sands, snow, mountains, hot springs, … It looks like a summary of our entire trip and I can assure you that spending a couple of hours in the big natural hot pool after a long day of hiking is pure awesomeness!
We then take the road to another place that we also wanted to visit before. Lakagígar is an impressive ensemble of craters that erupted in 1783. The eruption lasted around one year and was so intense that the climate in Europe had been affected the following years, which provoked starvation and poverty. 6 years later, French people revolted and decapitated their king… You guessed it, didn’t you? Here we learn (this is a serious theory) that one of the causes of the French revolution is this eruption…
To go there, the only choices are to have a 4WD vehicle or to take the bus. We quickly understand why as we are lead through the roughest track we have seen so far and cross a couple of rivers. Unfortunately taking the bus does not give me the opportunity to work my compositions properly. It is then difficult to make good photographs as weather changes quickly and time is lacking between two bus stops. I am anyway really attracted by this incredible black and green contrast surrounding us and that becomes even more intense when the sun hides. If one day I have the opportunity to visit Iceland with a 4WD vehicle, I will definitely try to come here again.