Although nothing but, this beautiful maar or volcanic crater bears the name ugly as a name. Ljótipollur translated means ugly puddle or ugly pound. But most craters that have lakes within them are exceptionally scenic and photogenic. Ljótipollur is no exception with its read and vegetated slopes and visible lava layers at the brim. Maars are usually quite deep as the water originates in ground water below and do not have any creeks into or out of the lake, only underground. Most often craters with small lakes have this beautiful turquoise blue lake which gives the crater an enhance value for photographers. All such craters are great attractions for photographers.
Ljótipollur crater is quite accessible
Like its neighbor Hnausapollur, the meer Ljótipollur is part of the Veiðivötn volcanic fissure system. It is easily accessible from the mountain road Fjallabak Nyrðri F208 only a few kilometers from Landmannalaugar. And like all natural wonders in the highland of Iceland, only accessible during summer. If you are going to visit Landmannalaugar, you might want to take the hike from the camping area to Ljótipollur and enjoy the magnificent lava and rhyolite mountains along the way in a peaceful manner. The crater is around 1.5 kilometers long, and the brims are quite high. The form makes it a bit difficult to capture in one shot son prepare yourself with a 12 to 15 mm lens on the camera.
The view from Ljótipollur is also spectacular
One advantage of driving up the short distance from F208 to the brim of Ljótipollur is the view. Although the elevation from the road is less than 100 meters, the view to the east and south is spectacular. All this adds to the photo opportunity, as the view is also a great background to the many colors by Ljótipollur. Red lava rocks, layers of lava, green vegetation and turquoise blue water on the lake.
Below is the location of Ljótipollur on the map of Iceland