If you just want to follow our path, there is no need to sleep here in the refuge (a bit expensive, about 80 euros per person) nor in the camping area that is cold, on a damp ground, with no kitchen, hot shower fare is 5 euros, expensive shop (7 euros a can of beer) and so on.
You can just get there with your 4WD car, park it before the river and walk to the starting point. There are also many expensive tourist bus leading people here so that they can hike and come back.
The main attractions is the Brennisteinsalda and its wonderfully colored slopes. The easiest path to reach them is to walk in reverse direction our trail without rising on top of the volcano so that it will not be necessary to rise on top of the volcano as we did.
We started behind of the main refuge; a thermal stream flows here, this seems to enjoy the warm water. From the first rise is possible to look at the clearing: tourist and wardens refuges, baths and . A totally inhospitable area, suitable only to expert and equipped campers.
The , the colored volcano slopes can already be seen. But there is much more here to see: , , on a . But in a few hundreds meters, grass is replaced by .
Rising on the volcano we can have a global vision of the landscape:: . On the rising path we can look at the , we are not so high in altitude but there is snow on the ground, it'a a bit cold so we take advantage of the !
The volcano is still active, on the lower side there are . Here we finally get in front of . If we rotate the pictures, it seems to look at or at , but we are in front of this volcano wondering what kind of mysterious event could have created this rainbow colored slope.
After the rainbow slope we reach . Just the time to get some picture before we close to loop flowing under ! In the picture you can barely note it but we assure the mountain is dark green in this area.
7 km and just 300 meter uphill difference in height and we are back to the camp site on the opposite side.