Backpacking in Iceland

We just returned from a 5-day backpacking trip in Iceland covering almost 50 miles along the full length of the Laugavegur Trail (34.2 miles) and an extension on the Fimmvorduhals Trail (15.5 miles).  The hike was quite incredible with an amazing array of scenery including colorful rhyolite hills, thermal areas with steam vents and boiling mud, high mountain tops, black lava deserts, towering canyons with rivers below, a valley surrounded by massive glaciers, an area of newly formed cinder cones with 7-year-old lava flows, and several miles of continuous major waterfalls.  In the near future, I’m going to write up two brand new reports, one for each of the trails.  But first, I need to sort through 1,285 pictures and choose my favorite 200 for the reports.  Here are a few teaser images from the trip.

The Laugavegur Trail starts out in Landmannalaugar with an abundance of colorful rhyolite hills
Passing by the first of many steam vents and thermal areas
View from the mountains down toward Alftavatn Lake
Markarfljotsgljufur Canyon is passed just before reaching the camp at Emstrur
Sunset on Krossarjokull glacier as we reached Thorsmork valley
Passing by Tungnakvislarjokull glacier on the way to Fimmvorduhals
Standing on Modi with Magni in the background (the two new cinder cones formed in the 2010 volcanic eruption)
Passing by one of the 26 major waterfalls during the final route down to Skogar