Jökulsárgljùfur Travel Guide

  • Cairns marking the old road.
    Cairns marking the old road.
    by Regina1965
  • Cairns marking the old road.
    Cairns marking the old road.
    by Regina1965
  • Cairns marking the old road.
    Cairns marking the old road.
    by Regina1965

Jökulsárgljùfur Things to Do

  • The refuge hut by Jökulsá á Fjöllum...

    There is a lonely hut by the glacial river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum. I am sure that this refuge hut is not known by many and one has to know where exactly to get off ring road 1 to drive down to the hut.This glacial river was such a huge obstacle earlier on. Now it has been bridged (since 1948), but this is the river that creates Dettifoss, which is the...

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  • Cairns to show the way.

    When you pass the bridge at Jökulsá á Fjöllum travelling west you will notice a lot of cairns.These cairns marked the way of the old thoroughfare through here. They were laid here by Jakob Hálfdanarson, who later became the Cooperative Society Manager of the Co-op Society of Þingeyingar.The old road through here got covered with lava from the...

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  • Ásbyrgi Information center -...

    There is a Visitor Centre in Ásbyrgi called Gljúfrastofa. Here you can get information on the park, maps with hiking trails, pay for camping etc. I have found the people working here extremely knowledgeable on this territory. One of them was a German woman, who had been in Iceland for 2 years, and spoke almost perfect Icelandic. There is an...

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  • Sigríðarstaðaós mouth of a river.

    Ca 100 meters away from Hvítserkur monolith you can reach the Sigurstaðaós mouth of the river where hundreds of seals can be seen "sunbathing" in a row.Every single day (or so I am told) one can see seals in Sigurstaðaós. There is a path leading down to this place, a bit steep in places, but an easy hike. Once you reach the shore there is a short...

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  • Dettifoss waterfall - the east side

    It is possible to see Dettifoss, Europe´s most forceful waterfall from 2 sides, east and west. There is a paved road from the west side and a gravel road no 864 on the east side.Even though the road is a bumpy gravel road some people prefer seeing the waterfall from the west side, as one can surely walk right down to it and get wonderful photos....

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  • Hafragilsfoss waterfall

    Hafragilsfoss waterfall is just below Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, in the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which is the second longest river in Iceland.This glacial river flows for 200 km from its sourch in Vatnajökull glacier (Dyngjujökull and Brúarjökull) and down to the ocean in Öxarfjörður fjord in the north.Hafragilsfoss...

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  • Selfoss waterfall in North-Iceland

    Selfoss is an 11 meters high waterfall in the glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. It is located right above Dettifoss waterfall, which is Europe´s most powerful waterfall.It is only a couple of minutes hike up to Selfoss from the west side. You just make a right turn before you reach Dettifoss. The view of Selfoss from the west side is not that good,...

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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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  • 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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  • "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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