The mountains Laugafell and Laugafellshnjukur (892 and 987 m) are
situated northeast of the third larges glacier of the country, Hofsjokull.
River Hnjukskvisl runs between them and River Laugakvisl north of
Laugafell. There a geothermal area with three main hot springs (40-50°C)
is situated. It creates a warm brook along which amazingly many species of
plants grow in spite of the elevation (>700 m). A small area, called
Fellshalafla, is the southernmost grazings for horses before the long ride
across the Sprengisandur route is attempted, is situated southeast of Mt.
Laugafell. According to the legend, a lady from the farm Grund in The
Eyjafiord District spent time there along with her domestics during the
period of the bubonic plague and is said to have had a bath chiseled into
the hyaloclastite near the present hut (1948 and renovated since).
This pool has
been maintained and improved during the centuries since
then. It is easy to get to this area from the so-called
Sprengisandur Route, from The Eyjafiord Valley and The
Vesturdalur Valley in Skagafiord, but more of a
challenge from the Kjalvegur Route along the northern edge
of The Hofsjokull Glacier.
(F-752) and via Vesturardalur Valley 93 km, Akureyri
(F-821) via Eyjafjardardalur Valley 82 km, <Laugafell>