REYKJAVÍK: Pick up at your accommodation around 8.00 AM, or meet us at Harpa Opera House at 8.20 AM.
ÞJÓFAFOSS: On the way to Landmannalaugar we drive through the beautiful Þjórsárdalur Valley. Þjórsárdalur valley is an old caldera that has been extensively modified by glacial erosion and is now traversed by river Þjórsá, the longest river in Iceland. Due to its vicinity to volcanoes, such as Hekla, Grímsnes and Vatnaöldur volcanic systems, the valley is covered by pumice. Thjófafoss waterfall is located in Þjórsá river and south of mountain Búrfell and is a wonderful stop on our way to Landmannalaugar.
CRATER LAKE LJÓTIPOLLUR: Ljótipollur is an explosion crater, formed in an eruption in 1477. The explosion in eruptions, like Ljótipollur, are caused by the unusual amount of water vapour, from the groundwater, in the magma. The eruption leaves a hole in the ground, a crater. The craters are often filled with water because they extend farther down in the ground than the surface of the groundwater.
LANDMANNALAUGAR: Landmannalaugar and the surrounding nature reserve is one of the most beautiful geological landscapes of Iceland, and beyond. The landscape resembles an adventure or a painting with beautifully coloured bright green, yellow and pink rhiolithic mountains with patches of black shiny obsidian. Landmannalaugar is often the starting point of the well know Laugavegur, a few days hiking trail to Þórsmörk nature reserve.
HJÁLPARFOSS AND HÁIFOSS WATERFALLS: Hjálparfoss is a beautiful waterfall, split into two separate falls that join at the base and into a small lagoon. The waterfall is surrounded by beautiful basalt columns and formations. The name of the waterfall, Hjálparfoss, means “The helping waterfall”, where “hjálp” signifies “help”. The name originates from the old days when people, riding horses over the harsh landscape of the Sprengisandur highlands, came to this green and relatively lush area, which served as a great help for their horses to graze and recover from the difficult ride over the highlands. Háifoss waterfall is the third highest in Iceland, after Glymur and an inaccessible waterfall in Morsárjökull glacier.