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Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

May 1, 2018

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

May 1, 2018

What to do in Iceland?

There are quite a few beautiful places to see in Iceland bu it can be hard to find a place to start. If you want to look at something different to the Golden Circle, we have made a short list of must see places in Iceland.

Fjaðrárgljúfur

In Southeast Iceland, not far from the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur, is Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. The beautiful canyon was formed during the Ice Age when the glaciers started melting and dug their way down the palagonite mountain. Today the canyon is up to 100 metres deep.

The canyon has been growing in popularity in the last few years and with Justin Bieber's video to I'll Show You made it even more popular. The canyon had to be closed for a couple of months this spring, so landowners and the Icelandic Environmental Agency could fix the walking paths and let the area heal because people kept walking outside the paths.

Lakagígar

In Southeast Iceland are a series of volcanic fissures which erupted at the end of the 18th century. The eruption is one of the deadliest in recent history, and it poured out about 42 billion tons of basalt lava and clouds of poisonous gas, which included hydrofluoric acid and sulfur dioxide. It deadly combination killed about 50% of all livestock in Iceland and 25% of the Icelandic population. The poisonous gas went into the atmosphere which caused a drop in temperature around the Northern Hemisphere.

The area is wonderful and well worth the trip.

Kerlingarfjöll

In the Highlands of Iceland is Kerlingarfjöll. The mountain range is 1477m tall and is of red rhyolite which gives them an extraordinary look. There is volcanic activity underneath which is evident by the many hot springs and rivulets in the area. Minerals from the geothermal water have coloured the ground green and yellow.

The area was once a summer ski resort, but there are some years since the resort was closed down, but the area has since then been operated as a highland resort, with accommodation and restaurant for guests.

It's a great place to stop when driving Kjölur road to or from North Iceland.

Eldgjá

Not far away from Lakagígar is Eldgjá, the largest volcanic canyon in the world. The canyon is about 40 kilometres long, 270 metres deep and 600 metres wide at the widest part. The volcano is erupted last in year 934. The eruption, which lasted a few years, is one of the largest effusive eruptions in the world in historical times, with 18m3 of erupted lava. Only the Þjórsárhraun eruption of Bárðarbunga in year 6700 BC is larger with 25m3 of erupted lava.

Even though Iceland had already been settled in that time, not a lot of historical information about the eruption has survived. However, it is believed it hastened the Christianisation of Iceland and that Völuspá might have been written during the eruption.

The beautiful waterfall Ófærufoss is in the canyon.

Eldgjá is situated between Lakagígar and Landmannalaugar, and we don't recommend you leave it out!

Hveravellir

Not far from Kerlingarfjöll are Hveravellir or the Fields of Hot Springs. As the name suggests, there are quite a few hot springs there, and there is even a natural pool you can take a dip in. Just know that there is no formal changing area so you either need to change in front of everyone or change in the toilets, which are a few hundred meters away and walk to the pool.

The area is famous in Iceland because the outlaws Fjalla-Eyvindur and his wife Halla lived there for a while. It is possible to see ruins of the small hut they lived in and in one hot spring are remnants of cookware they used for boiling. The hunting but beautiful lullaby Sofðu unga ástin mín was written as part of a play by Jóhann Sigurðsson about Fjalla-Eyvindur and his small family.

The area is filled with mud pools, fumaroles and hot springs. The minerals have seeped into the ground making it extremely colourful. The hot springs are most bubbling with water between 70-100°c so be careful when going near them.

There are three small huts in the area. The oldest one built in 1922, the second house was built in 1938, and the newest house was built in 1980. Only the latter two are available to travellers.

Hraunfossar

These beautiful series of waterfalls are in West Iceland. They span almost a kilometre in width, and the water runs into the waterfall from underneath the Hallmundarhraun lava field. It is quite the sight to see and is thought by many Icelanders to be Iceland's most beautiful waterfall.

Just a few metres away is Barnafoss (e. Children's waterfall). Not as beautiful as Hraunfossar but beautiful none the less. The more powerful waterfall got its name when two children, who wanted to follow their parents to church, fell into a natural stone bridge that covered the waterfall. After a curse their mother put on the bridge, where she vowed no one would be able to cross the bridge without falling into the waterfall, it collapsed.

Gjáin

Gjáin, or The Ravine, is a canyon in Þjórsárdalur, a valley which many believe is the most beautiful in Iceland. Gjáin has beautiful basalt columns, and palagonite and the river Rauðá (Red River) runs through the ravine. The reconstructed farmstead Stöng, where a few scenes from Game of Thrones were shot, is situated not far away from Gjáin.

Hjálparfoss waterfall is also nearby as well as Hekla volcano.

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Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

May 1, 2018

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

May 1, 2018

What to do in Iceland?

There are quite a few beautiful places to see in Iceland bu it can be hard to find a place to start. If you want to look at something different to the Golden Circle, we have made a short list of must see places in Iceland.

Fjaðrárgljúfur

In Southeast Iceland, not far from the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur, is Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. The beautiful canyon was formed during the Ice Age when the glaciers started melting and dug their way down the palagonite mountain. Today the canyon is up to 100 metres deep.

The canyon has been growing in popularity in the last few years and with Justin Bieber's video to I'll Show You made it even more popular. The canyon had to be closed for a couple of months this spring, so landowners and the Icelandic Environmental Agency could fix the walking paths and let the area heal because people kept walking outside the paths.

Lakagígar

In Southeast Iceland are a series of volcanic fissures which erupted at the end of the 18th century. The eruption is one of the deadliest in recent history, and it poured out about 42 billion tons of basalt lava and clouds of poisonous gas, which included hydrofluoric acid and sulfur dioxide. It deadly combination killed about 50% of all livestock in Iceland and 25% of the Icelandic population. The poisonous gas went into the atmosphere which caused a drop in temperature around the Northern Hemisphere.

The area is wonderful and well worth the trip.

Kerlingarfjöll

In the Highlands of Iceland is Kerlingarfjöll. The mountain range is 1477m tall and is of red rhyolite which gives them an extraordinary look. There is volcanic activity underneath which is evident by the many hot springs and rivulets in the area. Minerals from the geothermal water have coloured the ground green and yellow.

The area was once a summer ski resort, but there are some years since the resort was closed down, but the area has since then been operated as a highland resort, with accommodation and restaurant for guests.

It's a great place to stop when driving Kjölur road to or from North Iceland.

Eldgjá

Not far away from Lakagígar is Eldgjá, the largest volcanic canyon in the world. The canyon is about 40 kilometres long, 270 metres deep and 600 metres wide at the widest part. The volcano is erupted last in year 934. The eruption, which lasted a few years, is one of the largest effusive eruptions in the world in historical times, with 18m3 of erupted lava. Only the Þjórsárhraun eruption of Bárðarbunga in year 6700 BC is larger with 25m3 of erupted lava.

Even though Iceland had already been settled in that time, not a lot of historical information about the eruption has survived. However, it is believed it hastened the Christianisation of Iceland and that Völuspá might have been written during the eruption.

The beautiful waterfall Ófærufoss is in the canyon.

Eldgjá is situated between Lakagígar and Landmannalaugar, and we don't recommend you leave it out!

Hveravellir

Not far from Kerlingarfjöll are Hveravellir or the Fields of Hot Springs. As the name suggests, there are quite a few hot springs there, and there is even a natural pool you can take a dip in. Just know that there is no formal changing area so you either need to change in front of everyone or change in the toilets, which are a few hundred meters away and walk to the pool.

The area is famous in Iceland because the outlaws Fjalla-Eyvindur and his wife Halla lived there for a while. It is possible to see ruins of the small hut they lived in and in one hot spring are remnants of cookware they used for boiling. The hunting but beautiful lullaby Sofðu unga ástin mín was written as part of a play by Jóhann Sigurðsson about Fjalla-Eyvindur and his small family.

The area is filled with mud pools, fumaroles and hot springs. The minerals have seeped into the ground making it extremely colourful. The hot springs are most bubbling with water between 70-100°c so be careful when going near them.

There are three small huts in the area. The oldest one built in 1922, the second house was built in 1938, and the newest house was built in 1980. Only the latter two are available to travellers.

Hraunfossar

These beautiful series of waterfalls are in West Iceland. They span almost a kilometre in width, and the water runs into the waterfall from underneath the Hallmundarhraun lava field. It is quite the sight to see and is thought by many Icelanders to be Iceland's most beautiful waterfall.

Just a few metres away is Barnafoss (e. Children's waterfall). Not as beautiful as Hraunfossar but beautiful none the less. The more powerful waterfall got its name when two children, who wanted to follow their parents to church, fell into a natural stone bridge that covered the waterfall. After a curse their mother put on the bridge, where she vowed no one would be able to cross the bridge without falling into the waterfall, it collapsed.

Gjáin

Gjáin, or The Ravine, is a canyon in Þjórsárdalur, a valley which many believe is the most beautiful in Iceland. Gjáin has beautiful basalt columns, and palagonite and the river Rauðá (Red River) runs through the ravine. The reconstructed farmstead Stöng, where a few scenes from Game of Thrones were shot, is situated not far away from Gjáin.

Hjálparfoss waterfall is also nearby as well as Hekla volcano.

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