Jökulsárgljùfur Travel Guide

  • Botnstjörn pond.
    Botnstjörn pond.
    by Regina1965
  • The vigeon ducks on Botnstjörn pond.
    The vigeon ducks on Botnstjörn pond.
    by Regina1965
  • Botnstjörn pond.
    Botnstjörn pond.
    by Regina1965

Jökulsárgljùfur Things to Do

  • Dettifoss waterfall - Europe´s most...

    Dettifoss is Europes most powerful waterfall and has got the wow factor big time. It has a flow of 193 m3/s. It is 45 meters high and 100 meters wide.Dettifoss is situated in Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which is a glacial river, and the second longest river in Iceland. The water in glacial rivers is milky white and greyish - and icecold, so lets be careful...

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  • Ásbyrgi - Botnstjörn pond.

    There are several hiking trails in Ásbyrgi, one leading to the breathtaking Botnstjörn pond. It is 3,6 km one way, but a very lovely easy walk by the cliff face, where you can see various formations, some of them looking like faces. The walk also takes you through a small forest. Indeed a very lovely walk. I can tell you that in my eyes this pond...

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  • The route to Dettifoss and Selfoss.

    When visiting Dettifoss from the west side from road 862, one drives 20 km on that very good paved road and there is a big paved parking lot there now.There is a 15 minutes walk down to Dettifoss from the parking lot. It is a very easy walk and there are some lovely rock formations there. Dettifoss is then on your left hand side. And there is a...

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  • "Karl og kerling" - Man & woman hike.

    When arriving in Hljóðaklettar "The Echo rocks" there are two trails from the Hljóðaklettar car park. The trail leading to the right will take you right to "Karl og Kerling" in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. "Karl og kona" means "Man and woman" and are two rock pillars, believed to be a pair of petrified trolls in the image of a man and a woman. The man...

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  • Hljóðaklettar "The Echo Rocks" in...

    Hljóðaklettar "The Echo Rocks" are in N-Iceland just south of Ásbyrgi in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. When coming down the road leading to Hljóðaklettar a whole walley of extraordinary rock formation opens up. These extraordinary rock formations, many of them standing in the middle of Jökulsá river (Jökulsá á Fjöllum) are the remains of...

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  • Hiking in Hljóðaklettar.

    There are several good hikes here in Hljóðaklettar. One of them is hiking to Tröllið - The Troll. This hike is an easy one and is only 1 km long and makes for a ca 40 minutes hike with stops from the parking lot. Walk to the right of The Troll and there are amazing rock formations and columnar basalt. There is a special type of columnar basalt...

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  • Hiking on Eyjan - the island in Ásbyrgi.

    Ásbyrgi is divided in the middle by a big rock formation which is called The Island or "Eyjan" in Icelandic. From the camping site there is a hiking trail onto The Island and all the way to the end where you can have a fantastic view of Ásbyrgi. Most of the pictures I add are taken from that view-spot. The hike starts by the sign EYJAN. The first...

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  • Ásbyrgi - the dance floor.

    On the way back to the parking lot and closing the ring from the upper view platform by the pond, take a left turn and walk ca 50 m. This path takes you to a small man-made platform, which is called "Danspallurinn" or the Dance platform. It was made in 1950 and used for dancing by the youth during the Ásbyrgi festivals.It is kind of hidden from...

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  • Birdlife in Ásbyrgi.

    There is varied birdlife in Àsbyrgi, especially by the pond. I have seen a lot of ptarmigans by the campsite, they are just walking there and you can get very close to them. In 1970 a new bird settled in Àsbyrgi, the fulmar, which we call fýll in Icelandic. We have another similar word, fíll, which means an elephant, and there is no difference in...

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  • Ásbyrgi in N-Iceland - Sleipnir's...

    Ásbyrgi "The shelter of the gods" is one of the most magical places in Iceland, and definitely one of my most favourite places here in Iceland. It is like out of this world and one cannot but say "wow" when it opens up as you see it from the road. It belongs to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and is 3.5 km in length and 1.1 km across with the walls...

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  • The view-platform before you reach the...

    If one is driving east on road 85, there is a view platform on the hill, just before you drive down to the planes where the glacial canyon and Àsbyrgi is located.It is better to reach the view platform driving east, as it is almost immediately as you drive up on the mountain, so I am sure that a lot of people coming from Àsbyrgi, and being in...

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  • Drift wood beaches.

    By road 85, just as you get down from the view platform on the hill, you will see a beach filled with drift wood. From here it is only a short drive to Àsbyrgi, if one is driving east. It is fun parking there and just walking down to the beach. I love drift wood beaches and drift wood here in Iceland has been a valuable asset for us here, seeing...

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