This is a quick edit of a trip to Iceland. We walked from Halaskjol to Alftavatn then followed the Laugavegur Hiking Trail to Landmannalaugar where we spent a few days hill bagging. Next we headed up to the Skaftafell area to climb a few hills there and do a bit of sightseeing.
Trekking wise this trip was everything we had hoped for and occasionally a bit more than we bargained for. We had fun, solitude and adventure contrasting with exiting river crossings, equipment failures, pain and exhaustion - importantly there was also a great deal of laughter, especially when we found our maps had tarns on them that no longer existed and we were in thick mist. Glad we had a GPS and Graham.
There were sights that left us speechless as we stood on mountain peaks, or above snaking glaciers and milky white rivers. We walked through dust storms, clouds of sulphurous steam, past bubbling mud pools and boiling streams. We crossed snowfields, desert moonscapes and miles of ankle breaking lava fields. Got scared crossing rivers, fretted about snow bridges and had to detour around volcanic quick sand. We got burned by the sun and rubbed raw by the dust. Surprisingly we hardly had any rain.
We wild camped and set our tents up on flat grass and soft and bouncy beds of moss with wonderful views. In contrast we also set them up on bleak volcanic ash fields and among the stones and boulders that pass for campsites at Landmannalaugar and the mountain hut Hoskuldskali.
We stood in awe at the scale of it all and on the days we hardly saw a soul felt that wonderful feeling of wildness and isolation.
There is a written account and pics of the trip on my blog http://bluestoneimages.blogspot.co.uk/p/iceland-trip-report.html