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My husband and I spent two weeks in Iceland in July, nine days of backpacking from Laki Mountain to Skaftafell.  We went with a group and a guide.  It was the first time we had ever done a trip like that and we had a blast.  Everyone in the group actually got along really well (and nine days is a long time for a group that didn't know each other at the start).  Ninety percent of the route was off-trail.  Our guide said he never takes the same route twice.  If I had to guess, I would say we hiked 75-85 miles.  We spent three days crossing glaciers, crossed large rivers, camped in wildflower filled canyons, hiked past amazing waterfalls, and saw something completely new every day.

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We started the hike with a short climb to the top of Laki Mountain, the site of catastrophic volcanic eruptions in 1783-84.


Hardy little pink flowers in the volcanic desert.


Finding a way onto the glacier on day 2.  Our guide had hoped the river in the center of the photo would be low enough to cross.  No such luck.  We hiked miles upstream looking for a way across to get on the glacier.  


Our second day on the glacier.  Glacier crossings are slow and tiring, but amazingly beautiful.


A pair of Harlequin Ducks make their way upstream.


Arctic River Beauty in front of an unnamed waterfall.


Two large waterfalls on the route.  One of my favorite things about this picture is the distinct line between the waters from the two rivers.


The view from my favorite campsite of the trip.  


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Amazing (especially the twin waterfalls)! Beautiful photographs.

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Awesome. :)

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Fantastic!

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Wonderful!!! Thanks for posting.

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I gotta get back to Iceland. Fortunately there are some amazing fares out of the local airport, so I just need to find a good excuse to go.

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Amazing (especially the twin waterfalls)! Beautiful photographs.

Couldn't agree more, those waterfalls don't even look like they could be dreamed up.

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Beautiful.  Love those two waterfalls.
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Great photos. Was there last August. sure makes you appreciate forests though.

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Thanks all.  It was a great trip.  

Burner, it does make you appreciate forests.  I have a picture of my husband "hiding" in an Icelandic forest near one of the rivers.  He is crouching on the ground among some scrubby birch trees that are about four feet tall!


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Thank you! Awsome!
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Wow, thank you for sharing!!  Amazing!!

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Amazing photos, thank you for sharing!!  I especially loved the two waterfalls (like everyone else) - they are just stunning.  Is the river on the right side from glacier melt?  Might explain the lighter color of the water, if it has glacial sediment in it.  

OK, Iceland is getting bumped up on my list of places to go!
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Very nice, indeed.

I would have never believed the photo of the two hikers next to the river was in color. Only the clothes of the hikers proved that it was. What a stark landscape.


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 We went with a group and a guide.   

Could you share with us the group or guide service you used. My wife and I are planning a trip there next year and this might be a better option then hiking the Landmannalaugar trail on our own for 4 or 5 days.

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@ WhosThatGirl:  The river on the right is, indeed, glacier-fed.  

Eggs, we went with Icelandic Mountain Guides.  There aren't a lot of companies that actually do backpackbacking trips (at least more than a night or two) outside of Landmannalauger.  We had a great experience with them.  

The people that were on the trip with us who visited Landmannalauger as well loved it, but did say that it was crowded.  Except for the first and last mile of the trip, we saw three other hikers, from a distance, in the entire nine days.


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