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Best trails in Jökulsárgljúfur, Iceland

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Looking for a great trail in Jökulsárgljúfur, Northeastern? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, walking trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Jökulsárgljúfur ranging from 1.2 to 11.4 miles and from 78 to 646 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Botnstjörn Pond, Ásbyrgi
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 0.8 mi • Est. 28 m
There are several easy and interesting routes in the bottom of Ásbyrgi, starting at the car park. A walk down stone steps leads to a platform at the small pond, Botnstjörn. There is also a nice view over the pond from a platform located underneath the west wall of the canyon. The route to this platform, from the parking lot, is suitable for people with restricted mobility. A few steps from the platform are stone steps that lead up to a small hill with a nice view over the Ásbyrgi canyon. Show more
#2 - Rauðhólar Circle
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 3.2 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#3 - Eyjan Hill Trail
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 27 m
This is a great hike that takes about 2 hours at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time for photos. It is mostly flat and offers beautiful, sweeping views of the canyon. Rooted in folklore, Asbyrgi canyon is believed to be the hoof print from Thor's horse, and Eyjan Hill puts you right at the center of it. You can pick up a map at the visitor's center for around $3USD, but it's not entirely necessary. Just follow signs for "Eyjan" and you'll park near a campsite and (very clean!) bathrooms. From there you'll see signs for the trail. You start with a short, flat walk along the base of the rock, then you ascend the rock with the help of wooden steps and some short, flat rock ledges. Once you're at the top of the rock, it's a flat stroll to the other end of the rock, with beautiful views all along the way. This hike is easy and family-friendly, and had very little traffic compared to other parts of Iceland. This is a less busy trail than others in Iceland.Show more
#4 - Hljóðaklettar Circle
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 49 m
Hiljóðaklettar (Echo Rocks) were created by ancient volcanoes that were then eroded by the Jökulsá river. Bask in the fascinating geology and the roaring of the river. Hljóðaklettar (Echo Rocks) are the remains of ancient volcanoes which have been heavily eroded by the Jökulsá river, leaving only the volcanic plugs behind. It is interesting to listen to the cliff acoustic near the river and walk between the unique geological phenomena: basalt columns in various shapes, cliffs, honeycomb weathering and caves. A part of the circular route is difficult to cross. It is possible to make the route easier and shorter (~ 1 km) by going only to the first rock, Tröllið (“the Troll”) and turn around there (route V-2).Show more
#5 - Through the Woods Trail
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
This route starts at the Visitor Centre in Ásbyrgi and goes follows a path that lies below the eastern wall of Ásbyrgi all the way south to the pond Botnstjörn in the bottom of the canyon. The route goes through various forestry plots as during the years 1947-1977 foreign conifers were planted in Ásbyrgi. Various bird species nest in the diverse forest groves. Prior to more modern lifestyles the birch wood was used for building houses, as firewood and for the grazing of livestock. It is possible to combine this route with route Á-4 and make a ring route. Show more
#6 - Svinadalur Circle
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 2 m
#7 - Vesturdalur to Botnstjörn Pond
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 11.4 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
#8 - Eyjan Hill
Jökulsárgljúfur
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 38 m