Sprengisandur  © AMK

Sprengisandur © AMK

In mid-summer when most of the highland roads are open it is time to visit some of the more remote places of Iceland. This year the snow stayed long in the interior, therefore some of the highlandroutes only opened recently. Thus part of the way to Laugafell only opened second week in July.

With nothing more important to do on the Sunday, I decided to take a drive up to Laugafell. Driving north Bárðardalur I decided that this time I should skip Aldeyarfoss – my favouritewaterfall on Skjálfadafljót river and check out Hrafnabjargafoss waterfall a bit further up the river.  The long drive further across the desert of Sprengisandur offerred greatviews of distant volcanoes and glaciers with dramatic rainy clouds in the distance while sun breaking through the clouds in other parts.

As rain finally caught up with me it was just in time to soak myself in the natural warm pool at Laugafell, before starting the trip back home. The return trip took me across the rocky deserttowards Eyjafjörður. Starting the descent I got great view towards the bottom of the valley. Ahead of me was a rather steep winding mountain road with numerous tiny springs decorated withpatches of bright green moss alongside. 

Perfect end of a rather busy week. Following are a few photos from the trip.

Hrafnabjargafoss

Hrafnabjargafoss

Sprengisandur

Sprengisandur

Sprengisandur

Laugafell

Laugafell

Eyjafjarðardalur

Eyjafjarðardalur

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