The Land of Man and Lager

By Phil on 2015.08.27 In Iceland

After a 3.5 hour drive from Reykjavik we finally arrived at Landmannalaugar or Land of Man and Lager as we have decided to call it. I asked someone if they knew what Landmannalaugar meant and nobody knew the answer so that’s the best we could come up with.


After pitching our tents on very hard rocky ground, we all headed out on a short hike to get a glimpse of the landscape and scenery we would be experiencing on the first leg of our trek. I have to say it was stunning. I have seen many photos online of this area but seeing it first hand was unreal. In fact it doesn’t look real. The contrast in colours is unbelievable. From black ash, to lush green, to slate rock, desert sand coloured mountains and snow patches, it was spectacular. I don’t think the photos I post here will really do it justice, as I have to resize them on my phone in order to upload, but hopefully you will get the idea of our environment during our trek.

 The short hike was also a good chance to get to know some of Charlie’s friends and film/photography people who we will be spending some time with over the next few days.

As designated leader of my group of Beardy Trekkers, thanks to Charlie, my team decided they had to give me a name. So far they have come up with Kaiser Raisbeck. I’m sure that will change over the coming days.

We returned to camp before heading to the natural hot spring area and boy was it hot! The bit where the water was running down the rock into the spring was so hot you couldn’t touch it, luckily we brought some Icelandic beer with us to help cool us down. Nobody wanted to leave the hot spring if was doing good. A perfect end to the day.


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Welcome to my blog about hiking, trekking, Fjällräven Polar 2014, in fact anything where you require boots and the outdoors.

My name is Phil, and following my outdoor epiphany which started in the summer of 2012 I’m now hooked on everything outdoors. So far my biggest treks have included the 250km Cathar Way, the 170km Tour du Mont Blanc and best of all, winning 1st place to take part in the Fjällräven Polar in April 2014.

I plan to use this blog to write about all my adventures, which will include my personal goal of becoming a Munroist (completing all 282 Scottish Munro mountains), summer treks, weekends in the Lakes and many more.

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