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Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

June 25, 2018

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

June 25, 2018

The best thing Iceland has to offer in the summer months, apart from the midnight sun is the Iceland On Your Own bus pass, which allows you to travel all around Iceland for 3-15 days. No need to rent a car or a camper. Just take your camping gear, buy your pass, hop on a bus and off you go!

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.

How Does Iceland On Your Own work?
Iceland On Your Own is an extensive bus system which Reykjavik Excursions runs in the summer. The routes are unguided (although, there is an audioguide) and there is no one supervising you are on the bus if you go out of it at any of the bus stops. It is essential you make sure you are on the bus when it leaves again if you are only using the stop as a sightseeing stop.

There are two passes available, which must be booked beforehand. It's the Hiking Pass and Iceland On Your Own Pass. The former is a pass which allows you a return trip to and from either Skógafoss, Þórsmörk or Landmannalaugar to hike the Laugavegur and/or Fimmvörðuháls. The Iceland On Your Own Pass is valid for 3-15 days, and you can use the passport as much as you want during the days it is valid.

If you want to travel to the East Fjords, you will need to use SVAust, the bus system in East Iceland.

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Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

June 25, 2018

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Must See Places Around Iceland

June 25, 2018

The best thing Iceland has to offer in the summer months, apart from the midnight sun is the Iceland On Your Own bus pass, which allows you to travel all around Iceland for 3-15 days. No need to rent a car or a camper. Just take your camping gear, buy your pass, hop on a bus and off you go!

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.

How Does Iceland On Your Own work?
Iceland On Your Own is an extensive bus system which Reykjavik Excursions runs in the summer. The routes are unguided (although, there is an audioguide) and there is no one supervising you are on the bus if you go out of it at any of the bus stops. It is essential you make sure you are on the bus when it leaves again if you are only using the stop as a sightseeing stop.

There are two passes available, which must be booked beforehand. It's the Hiking Pass and Iceland On Your Own Pass. The former is a pass which allows you a return trip to and from either Skógafoss, Þórsmörk or Landmannalaugar to hike the Laugavegur and/or Fimmvörðuháls. The Iceland On Your Own Pass is valid for 3-15 days, and you can use the passport as much as you want during the days it is valid.

If you want to travel to the East Fjords, you will need to use SVAust, the bus system in East Iceland.

The RE blog

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Hrekkjavaka
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