After our Golden Circle tour, we headed off to Landmannalaugar for a day hike. It was a very long drive, along some extremely rough roads at times, but the scenery along the way was stunning and varied. We saw green pastures, rocky plains, hills and mountains, and even this rare tree farm. It reminds me of one of the jokes in Iceland that goes like this:
What do you do if you get lost in an Icelandic forest?Much of Iceland was forested before it was settled, but early settlers cut down the trees for fuel, so there are few forests in the country now.
Over and over again, new landscapes emerged. Steep, rocky cliffs jutting from the slope -- hard against soft, grey against green, growth over erosion. It tells a geological story that I can't quite read, but compels me nonetheless to look and look again.
Next up: Landmannalaugar