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Skútustaðahreppur, Norðurland eystra Map
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1 month ago

Criminally overlooked! This is an easy hike on a quiet stretch - perfect for getting away from the crowds. It takes in great views of the lava rock formations and allows you to get right up close to them all the while taking in views of the lake

a lovely walk through very interesting lava/rock formations. you can make our troll faces so maybe a fun one for children.

lovely easy hike with beautiful views. definitely recommend this one.

Beautiful views and not a difficult climb. interesting to see into a volcano

Very interesting walk and amazibg to see nature literally bubbling away and it makes you realise how active the ground is beneath your feet! Good information board explaining how the mud pools form

Two beautiful falls and make sure you do both. Easy walks

Easy, short walk through the geothermal area

A pleasant walk rather than a hike. Be sure to do the church loop as it takes in the most impressive lava arch

Great views and easy to follow. Worth walking around the rim for 360 views across the lake area

Simple walk between two great waterfalls. Easy to navigate and nice way to avoid the crowds at Dettifoss

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2 months ago

This is a geothermal area with several mud pots, fumaroles and has a short walking path with a very strong sulfur smell to it (obviously). It is worth your time, especially if you have not been to Yosemite NP (probably the largest geothermal area in the world). You can continue your journey up a hill but it only leads to a scenic lookout area overlooking the geothermal area and the surrounding valley.

hiking
2 months ago

Once you get to the trailhead, there is a short easy hike to Dettifoss. Just when you think it can't get any better, take a footpath to Selfoss. In my opinion, Selfoss is more spectacular. Look at all the pics and just understand they're MUCH better in person! If you have the time, thee are not to be missed while in Iceland. I believe they are at least six hours or more away from Reykjavic so it's a long full day or an overnight stay (as we did) somewhere else.

nature trips
2 months ago

Dettifoss is the mightiest waterfall in all of Europe — no words needed !

Interesting but the smell is very disgusting

Beautiful views

Fairly steep for the majority of the hike, definitely wear hiking shoes. Great views from the summit.

Interesting neat natural formations; recommend this trail because it was sparsely used.

hiking
2 months ago

Very interesting site; had to use my inhaler after visiting due to the smoke.

This route is a more strenuous alternative to climbing Hverfjall from the north (a fairly gentle slope that can get a bit of traffic during the high season). Instead, start in Dimmuborgir. You'll exit the lava formations via an arched structure, then walk across a stretch of open plain before reaching the volcano. Tucked a bit out of the way at the base of the volcano is a steep path directly up the mountain face. The AllTrails tool doesn't seem to show the right elevation gain, but trust the topo - it's about 100m of climb in a short span. Not the kind of hike that will break someone in decent shape, but definitely too much for anyone with lower stamina or limited mobility. You're rewarded with a beautiful view of the crater at the top, and of course the satisfaction of going the hard way.

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4 months ago

This hike begins with a solid 10-15 minute incline at the outset. If you're not in shape, it may require you to stop and take a breather a time or two but I imagine many will be able to power through. Once you reach the top, the most difficult part of the hike is over.

You have a choice with Hversfjall. You can chill out up top and observe the crater from the initial viewpoint or you can continue onward, completing the hike around the entire rim. I encourage the latter. The rim itself is quite wide and it's a pretty moderate hike with some rolling inclines but nothing like the initial ascent. The views of the crater are great but Hversfjall also serves as a wonderful vantage point for the surrounding territory, offering looks down toward Lake Myvatn and back in the direction of the Krafla area.

One thing to keep in mind: the wind. Gusts can really pick up depending upon which part of the crater you're traversing. Just keep a solid grasp of any loose jackets, gloves, hats, or phones and you should be all set.

on Dimmuborgir Loop

walking
4 months ago

Pleasant place to walk, lots of interesting formations, as well as little nooks and crannies and fun surprises. Easy stroll on mostly narrow, paved lanes, with a few well-marked trail options of varying lengths. Some opportunities for a bit of easy optional climbing for some great views, especially of Hverfjall. Connects to other, much longer trail networks. Was there in May, saw several other folks, but the layout helps you feel more solitary. Quiet. Staying on trail (in-between ropes) is suggested to preserve the area, and promote safety. Possible to get lost otherwise, as there's lots of wilderness surrounding. Several parking spaces, with room for larger vehicles. Visitor center with food and facilities on-site (but not always open). Would return.
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