Ljotipollur Lake
Ljotipollur Lake
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Ljotipollur is a explosion crater lake in the south highlands, situated in the southernmost crater in the Veidivotn fissure system. Strangely enough, Ljotipollur's name means 'Ugly Puddle', since this crater anything but, being beautifully red with the deep trout-filled lake at its bottom and high edges on its sides.
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IOGWFH
Sydney, Australia731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Friends
We saw quite a few crater lakes in Iceland and this one I would rate as my favourite. The colours are so vivid and we were really lucky that we were there on a sunny day so we got to see it in it's full glory. There is also a great view of the surroundings from the top of the rim of the lake. Unfortunately you can only access this lake via an F road so you have to either hire the appropriate vehicle or take a tour to Landmannalaugar as most tours stop here.
Written July 19, 2014
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BeeLittle
Downers Grove, IL1,587 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
We drove from Geysir to Klaustur in South Iceland, and we took the route through the Landmannalaugar. The landscape was changing every thirty minutes. From geysers to lush greens to lava fields, small lakes in craters, painted rocks/mountains and hot springs to crossing rivers, bare mountains, lava fields again, but this time covered with moss to lush greens. Unbelievable!
The walk around Landmannalaugar area is interesting enough and you can walk for hours. If you have time make sure to see the Ljotipollur Lake yes you can drive to it, however the views that you'll see while taking the hike from the trail head are amazing! Even though was cold, drizzly, and extremely windy we were stopping along the way, seating on the bare rocks or dirt and taking in the beauty. Make sure you don't miss it.
Just on a practical note: the drive from Landmannalaugar to Klaustur area takes about 3 hours - yes it is only 100 km (60 miles +/-) but you are driving on dirt roads with holes, lava rocks and crossing multiple rivers and the max speed is about 30 km/h.
Written September 28, 2015
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RainerKaese
Chicago, IL17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Solo
...and it's revolting. We parkt the jeep, got out for our photo-op and I promptly threw up. It's a "maar" geologic lake, a lake in a crater made from a huge explosion; the steep sides are blood red rust stained and black tar stained and there are patches of nauseous florescent green mosses, it's just plain creepy. Everyone says it's beautiful!!!! I didn't get it, and I couldn't get back on the road fast enough ;-D
Written September 4, 2014
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Food_Lover186317
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
2nd time to visit this wonderfully colourful crater in Landmannalaugar. Until you stand there and see the amazing colours, you just won't believe it! The road to it was a bit degraded this time and our guide explained that unsuitable vehicles were attempting the road and causing the degradation of the road surface.
Written August 2, 2014
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Myhren
Oslo, Norway18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
One word; Breath-taking. Amazing spot for a lunch or just photos. Can get extremely windy (and therefore; cold) though as it was when I was there, so bring clothes accordingly.
Written October 5, 2017
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Guillaume F
151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
A peaceful place where we had a picnic, alone with anybody else, in silence, under a great sun !

You will need a 4WD to access the top of the lake and then you will be able to go down by walking during 5/10'.

A lot of truites in this lake but not allowed to go fishing...
Written August 1, 2017
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Jordan C
Orange County, CA167 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2015 • Friends
Although it's name means "ugly puddle," we went on a clear day when the water's reflections was perfect against the hills behind. I would say that these will be some of the most iconic photos of our trip.
Written September 15, 2015
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Gwen V
Hewitt, NJ413 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Couples
At the end of our day trip to Hekla, Landmannalaugar and surrounds, we ended up at this lovely crater lake (translated as "Ugly Puddle" from Icelandic.) It is anything but ugly and I can just say: "Go!"
Written August 30, 2014
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fabinico
Paris, France380 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Lovely crater lake you can visit on your way to or from Landmannalaugar. It's a less than one hour roundtrip hike from the main road (F208).
Written September 6, 2022
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ncgneissguy
Brevard, NC20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018
A 4WD vehicle is needed to navigate the steep hill up to the terrace. Llotipollur means "ugly pool/pond". I've never met anyone who thought it was a good name!
Written March 21, 2019
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