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People have different reasons when visiting a country like Iceland with such a high selection of natural wonders, stunning landscape and fascinating history.  Often the tour is organized to see the most popular places that have gained the most attraction. Places that have even become landmarks in the worldwide flora of attractions on an international scale.  The good thing about Iceland is the fact that there are many places that are highly attractive that few people visit.  Many of these locations are interesting from a geological perspective and as a landscape to experience. Some are even famous for their connection to history and folklore.  Most of those places are fantastic places to visit for photographers and people interested in landscape photography.  Places that are different and have a lot to offer. One such place is Hnausapollur.

Hnausapollur is on the road Sigölduleið to Landmannalaugar

Like most volcanic craters that have small lakes or ponds within its boundaries, Hnausapollur is a maar.  Formed when the lava came in contact with groundwater at the time of eruption. Hnausapollur was formed in 871, about 1200 years ago, in a massive volcanic activity that occurred in both Bárðabunga and Torfajökuill calderas simultaneously.  It is a famous eruption because it transformed a large part of the highland and happened at the same time as the beginning of the settlement of Iceland. The ash from the outbreaks can be found almost throughout the whole island as it spread over a large area.  Usually, the reason for the lake within the crater is the depth of the that goes down to subsoil water or ground water. This combination of water, crater, and vegetated brims is usually a beautiful sight where colors interact fabulously. Similar maar volcanic craters in Iceland are Grænavatn and Víti in Askja. Hnausapollur also has another name, often called Bláhylur because of the turquoise blue color of the water. It is a highland lake in an altitude of about 570 meters above sea-level. You might think that this a remote place, but don’t be surprised if you see someone fishing down in the crater. The lake has some life, although fishing in it is quite rare as the stream of water entering and flowing from the lake is all underground. 

Hnausapollur Bláhylur crater lake

Located on the Icelandic highland road Fjallabak Nyrðir

Hnausapollur might not be one of those natural wonders in Iceland worth a particular trip to the highland.  But if you are traveling on the Highland road Fjallabak Nyrðri or visiting Landmannalaugar on F208 it is a must to stop by Hnausapollur.  It is the next door neighbor to its similar brother bearing the awful name Ugly Pound or Ljótipollur.  Both extraordinary sights and perfect for photographing.

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Below is the location of Landmannalaugar on the map of Iceland

Hnausapollur is a maar, formed and erupted about 11 thousand years ago