May and June are principally early summer, yet the temperature and environment is often still quite behind the perception of the hiker… Meaning it is usually rather cold (anything from -2 .. 12 or rarely 18°), windy (chill factor…) and not too much vegetation.
The good thing is that you don’t sweat that much, have the tracks mostly to yourself, if there are flowers, they are stunning and the birds are in full reproduction mode, meaning everything is singing, etc.
So meadows covered with these small flowers are quite common
The volcanic bolders are overgrown
with beautiful multi-colored tones
and tiny orchids open up
Getting a bit higher up (here we are at around 450m) leaves the bleak wintry feeling
and walking through is sometimes a challenge as you have to find tracks, which are lost over winter, rivers are below snow, etc.
The good thing is that if the sky is clear the view is just amazing and it is a wonderful experience (given you have enough layers as the chill factor easily reaches -10° C)
This signpost must be a very Iceland form of humor… Any way is good – any way will lead somewhere…
As written on a clear day the views are just stunning!
Pristine, wide views