My first trip to Iceland was to do the famous walk from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. This is probably the most popular walk in Iceland, and it’s one that’s only accessible from June to September. I did this in June and we saw very few other people on the route, so maybe it gets busier later. You can also start at other points to make the walk longer. You have to pre-book the mountain huts if you want to stay there or you can camp out.
It’s hugely varied terrain, with everything from snowy mountains to bleak volcanic rocks and ending in a forest. Landmannalaugar itself is known for its rhyolite mountains and natural hot springs. If you ever have the chance to do this walk, go for it! You will never see anywhere else like this. Just be prepared to have to change your clothing layers every few minutes and do some river crossings. Of course, it’s easy to be sentimental about it when the tents and cold nights are a distant memory!
This is a collection of photos taken with a non-state of the art camera in 2005 and the scenery still looks amazing to me.