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Landmannalaugar – inviting natural geothermal pools set amid colorful rhyolite mountains, a popular tourist spot and choice bathing on the Fjallabak road northeast of the volcano Mt Hekla. The road is passable in summer, though there are winter tours. This is part of one of the largest geothermal areas in the country, the Torfi Glacier area. Landmannalaugar is justly famed for its natural beauty, with its red rocks that include the black of obsidian and other minerals.

Popular hiking path

The route runs between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk (Thórsmörk). Usually a four-day trek, the route can be extended with a hike all the way to Skógar by going over Fimmvörðuháls (Fimmvörduháls) between Eyjafjalla Glacier and Mýrdals Glacier. The pools at Landmannalaugar are very large, large enough to accommodate a sizable group, with the temperature ranging from 34°-41°C. Many people are drawn to see the area and experience a refreshing soak in the natural pools, making it one of the most popular spots in the Icelandic highlands. Even so, you don’t have to walk far to be able to be alone to contemplate Iceland’s striking natural environment.