Drangsnes hot tubs

 

Drangsnes, A small fishing village in the western part of the western fjords of Iceland. A total of 70 residents live there. The village sits at the mouth of Fjord Steingrímsfjörður not far from the town of Hólmavík. Drangensens got his name from a high and famous rock named Kerling who according to local folklore represents one of the three troll women who tried to separate the western fjords from the rest of Iceland.




Hot tub on the water line

Perhaps the thing that Drangsnes Village is most famous for is its excellent geothermal pool, along with three wonderful jacuzzis located on the coastline. The pools are very easy to find and there are wardrobes close by. This is a great place to take a dip in the hot water and relax in the stunning scenery facing it. Drangsnes is the gateway to the wild and fascinating region of the Strandir region, a dirt road leading from the village to one of Iceland’s most fascinating and least-toured tourist areas. The famous Krossnes pool and the abandoned village of Djúpavík are in the same remote land.

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שיט לאי Grímsey

Drangsnes יש נמל טבעי טוב, מול הכפר נמצא האי Grímsey, יש באיסלנד איים נוספים אחרים בעלי אותו שם ולכן לא להתבלבל עם האי גרימסיי בצפון איסלנד המפורסם יותר. בין האי גרימסיי הנמצא סמוך לדראנגסנס לכפר מפריד 10 דקות של שיט קצר. האי הוא מקום נהדר לצפות במיני ציפורים כמו פאפינים ואף ניסיון לגידול של שועלי קוטב.

Landmannalaugar hot springs

 

Landmannalaugar

One of the most beautiful areas in central Iceland is undoubtedly the Landmannalaugar Colored Mountains. The name “the ponds of the people” is probably the most popular destination in Iceland’s mountainous center and is considered by many to be the crown of the crown.




The Landmannalaugar area is located in the south-center of the island, not far from the Hekla volcano among impressive mountains and combines Iceland’s most spectacular sights. The area is fascinating and rich in contrast, mountain ridges made of riolite (volcanic rock resembling granite) are carved with black stripes of volcanic ash, colorful peaks of red, green, orange and yellow, wide lava fields and steam jets bursting with cracks in the ground.

The geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar

Near the visitor center there is a geothermal pool which has been popular with locals for many years and in recent years also by many tourists visiting the place. The pool is just steps away from the visitor center at the end of the Laugahraun lava field. The natural pool is fed by warm, cold streams that flow beneath the lava layers and mix in the pool. The water temperature is very pleasant for bathing and there are neat wardrobes instead. Travelers make sure to bring swimsuits and towels and change clothes if needed.

How to get to?

Landmannalaugar is a very popular area for travelers arriving in the summer between June and September, after which the access road to the area is closed. There are three ways to get to Landmannalaugar: The easiest way is to get on the F208 road north from the power station, this way there is no river crossing, but the road is a bit bouncy. The second difficulty road is F225 west (close to Relief Mountain) and the third is F208 from the south. It is important to ascertain in advance the weather forecast before departure, the water level in the rivers can change from day to day.

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Bus trip to the Landmannalaugar Reserve

If you are not traveling in a 4X4 vehicle, you can visit the Landmannalaugar Reserve on a bus adapted for mountainous dirt roads. For details and registration click here.

Weather in the area

The mountainous roads that reach the Landmannalaugar Reserve only open towards the end of June to mid-September. Only in the summer season between July and September the temperature reaches 5 to 14 degrees.

Fjallabak and Eldgjá Canyon

The road that connects the Landmannalaugar Reserve to Highway 1 in the south is called Fjallabak. The road is considered one of the most beautiful in Iceland. One of the most interesting sights in this part of the country is the Eldgjá Canyon. Instead, nature created a unique split in the mountains during which a huge 30 km long incision was created in the soil, in some places reaching up to 600 meters wide and 200 meters deep. The volcanic crack is considered to be the largest of its kind in the world. Further down the valley a footpath leads to the Ófærufoss waterfall, considered one of the most beautiful in the country, the waterfall was formerly framed by a natural bridge that collapsed a few years ago.




Ljótipollur Lakes Crater

Ljótipollur is a crater in which a lake is adjacent to the Landmannalaugar Reserve, in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. The meaning of the name from Icelandic is the “ugly puddle”, despite the fact that it is an incredibly beautiful site. The crater is easily accessible for a 4 hour walk from Landmannalaugar and back. You can also reach a large jeep near the crater.

The lakeside crater is easily accessible from the Fjallabak Nyrðri F208 mountain road just a few miles from Landmannalaugar and only accessible during the summer. One of the advantages of driving a short distance from F208 to the edge of Ljótipollur is the scenery. The crater’s height from the road is a little less than 100 meters and about 1.5 km long, with a fairly high margin. The view from the top of the crater is spectacular and well worth the effort.

Hveragerði – Reykjadalur valley

 

Hveragerði is a beautiful and picturesque town 45 km east of Reykjavik and 10 km west of Selfus on Ring Road. The town’s population numbers 2300 people. Quargardi is known as the greenhouse town, and nowhere in Iceland can such a concentration of greenhouses be found, and much about the geothermal activity there. The greenhouses are powered by hot water flowing from a geothermal spring and many vegetables and flowers are grown on the spot and marketed throughout the state.




In the heart of the town you can find the Reykjafoss waterfall, which flows from the Varmá river to the settlement in two. The Reikapos waterfall is not high, but it is another quandary in one of the most beautiful villages in Iceland.

Geothermal activity

By far, the most prominent feature of the city and the main reason for visiting the place is the much geothermal activity. When hiking in the town you can see smoke (which is actually steam) coming out of the homes of the residents. Wonder what it feels like to live with a little geyser under the house? Seemologically unstable Quargaridian area and weak earthquakes often occur. In 2008, after a massive earthquake felt in all of southern Iceland, a new hot-water spring was erupted next to Quargardei, with bubbling mud swells giving a first idea of what is really going on underground.

The local geyser

Visitors to Quargardi are recommended to cross it and reach the golf course located on the outskirts of the town, where the local geyser, Grýla, is located in the Ölfusdalur valley. Try to find the steam rising from the ground. Caution! Don’t get too close to the pits.

The excellent geothermal swimming pool at Quargardi is open all year round.

A trip to the warm river in Rikadalur Valley

At the end of the town of Quargardi, one of the most magical hiking trails in southern Iceland begins. A 3-mile walking path in each direction leads to the valley of the Reykjadalur Hot Springs means ‘smoking valley’. This beautiful valley ends in a river where hot water flows at an ideal temperature for bathing. There are wardrobes for changing clothes.

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