From the campingground in Reykjavik we leave next morning by bus to Landmannalauger. We thankfully use the hiker service of Reykjavik Excursions by selling a hikers pass. The trip wil take about 4 hours, half of the trip consists of gravel roads.
When we have left the city, the landscape immediately changes into a bare, stony plain. Trees hardly grow. We see steam coming up at soim places and a steam power station. Just before Hveragerði we turn downwards and have a beautiful view. Here, the geothermal heat is gratefully used to heat greenhouses, swimming pools and houses. We make a short stop in Hella. Still quickly get some cookies for the coming days. We stop again at the ÓB Holtahreppur Vegamót petrol station where we turn left onto the 26th.
Once we’ve left the “ring”, the asphalt quickly disappears. When we spot the Hekla, the largest and most famous volcano in Iceland, the last green meadows change into lunar landscapes. Nature is overwhelmingly rough here. No bridges anymore but only wet rivercrossings. The buses are extra robust and well equipt by high axles.
After a 4 hours drive we finally arrive in Landmannalaugar. The weather, however, has deteriorated considerably and the rain is being chased by the wind horizontally by a temperature of 5 degree. The weather is to bad to start the first part of the track. The relatively short part runs up to a height of more than 1000 meters but it is strongly recommended not starting the hike at this weather. We set up our tent and decide to take a short walk in the area.
The little walk makes us get acquainted with Iceland; thermal activities, solidified lava flows, natural beauty but also the cold and rain. Our rain gear, however, is not entirely resistant to this weather … half hypothermianeted we crawl into the tent.
The heavy weather lasts all night, the tent poles must be supported against the strong wind. The backpacks in the awning are wet and it is still raining.