At this point, I was in the valley heading back to camp. Flat and boggy which was ok by me. The last of the golden light was on the hills and sheep were grazing here and there.
More bog and flowers about as the sun sets over the hills. Tiny white flowers dotted the landscape.
I made the decision to go around the Laugahringur lava fields which was a lot easier than picking your way through the lava forms and flows. This took me past an area I had had my eye on all day, Brennisteinsalda, with vents letting out sulfurous steam clouds.
After a bit more careful hiking through the lava fields, you are back on a normal trail that takes you along a canyon past the Blue Mountain trailhead. Soon I was back at camp and dipping into my bottle of Aleve.
This was an amazing hike. You really have to explore the area a bit beyond the parking lot and camping area. There are easier hikes but this one serves up amazing views for all your hard work.