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Often referred to as Eldhraun.  This lava field you are driving through came from Lakagígar which erupted in 1783-1783. The lava field is told to be the biggest one that came from one single eruption. This eruption was one of the deadliest eruptions that have happened in historical time. The eruption destroyed over 22 farms in the area, killing about 20% if the Icelandic nation and lasted for around 8 months. It also causes a lot of trouble around Europe and East Asia. Some People believe this eruption to be the cause of the French revolution.…

One of these hidden pearls next to ring road. It‘s amazingly grown lava canyon. I would say it‘s very important to stop here whatever the weather. You turn to your left if driving east from Reykjavík on road n°1. Then it‘s about 5-10 minutes driving, you will come to a crossroad, one leading to the right uphill and the road you are on goes straight ahead. You can go either of these roads, they will both lead to parkings to look at the canyon. Some like to drive both of them, from belove or down the straight road you can walk up to upper parking. It can be very nice to stop at the lower one and then walk up along the canyon or the other way around. If you are not in the mood for that you can …

Here in Kirkjubæjarklaustur live about 140 people (numbers from 2015). The town itself has many nice sights to visit. The place was nunnery from 1186 until the mid 16th century. The names of the sights you can visit there are all quite linked to convents, such as Systrafoss and Kirkjugólfið.  …

This mighty cliff is often where you can find the worst wind gusts coming along the mountainside. The mountain is highest around 767 meters. This place is really popular for photographing, make sure to stay in a safe spot though because the traffic on the road can be quite heavy around there, especially in the summer months. You should never stop on the road just find a nice side stop for stopping and getting the shot.…

After Lómagnúpur you will be driving through the long black sand desert. Good to mention here that offroad driving in Iceland is highly forbidden. If people drive off-road they can expect to face a fine, so don‘t drive off the road under no circumstances even though you see old tracks. The sand there are the signs of big glacial outburst which came from Grímsvötn. Grímsvötn is the most active volcano in Iceland erupting every 3-5 years apart. In 1996 we had a massive eruption and glacial outburst from Grímsvötn causing some of the bigger bridges in this area to get washed away. When you are driving you will notice at some point some pieces of the metal bridge on the side of the road which ar…

Hali is a big farm a bit further from the glacier lagoon, it‘s known for a famous writer that was born and raised there. His name was Þórbergur Þórðarson. In Hali, you can find an exhibition about Þórbergur and his writing and experience of growing up in the countryside. You can also book a tour to the glacier with local guides.…

Probably one of Iceland's most famous outlet glaciers. Svíanfellsjökull was a very popular destination for travelers to go glacier hiking or ice climbing. Also, there used to be some movies shot on the glacier. Some that you might know, Batman begins, Interstellar and Game of Thrones. Svínafellsjökull has recently though been closed for all traffic on to the ice due to landslide hazard. Recently they have discovered a big crack in the mountain Svínafell next to the glacier which they are afraid it will lead to a massive landslide covering big parts of the glacier if it will happen. It's still possible to visit the side of the glacier for a great view over the glacier though. I recommend givi…

Falljökull is a beautiful outlet glacier coming from Öræfajökull. The glacier is now very popular for glacier hiking since it‘s one of few easily accessed glacier to visit in the area after Svínafellsjökull was closed.…

It is about 76 meters high sea cliff and about 1200 meters long. The first settler was told to have come to land there. He lived there for one winter before moving to Reykjavík and settling down there. In the summer you can go on a tractor tour to see puffins on the cliff, very nice thing to do.…

An old gas station which was repaired by a mountain guide living in the area, he and his family now run a little coffee shop and booking booth for their tours. Highly recommend to stop there for a cup of coffee and book a tour with them for a local adventure.…

In Hnapavellir they just build a very big hotel recently, but in this place, you don‘t only find a hotel. Hnappavellir is the biggest sports climbing area of Iceland, turning down towards the shore and driving a small road will bring you to some old sea cliff. Where the climbing society of Iceland has built up quite many bolted sport climbing routes.…

While you have been driving through this area from Skaftafell to Jökulsárlón, the further you go east you will start to see a giant glacier in your back mirror. This glacier is Öræfajökull. Öræfajökull is a stratovolcano that has erupted two times in historical time, both of these eruptions where catastrophic, the first one was in 1362 and then 1727. On top of Öræfajökull, we have the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur. Hvannadalshnúkur is 2110 meters high and is a popular hiking for experienced hikers. The hiking takes about 13-16 hours and is mainly in glacier environment. This hike should only be done with the appropriate equipment and knowledge on glacier traveling. If you are int…
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