Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Jökulsárgljúfur with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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1 month ago

There is no intermediate descent as it seems from the graph. A good step is one hour and fifteen minutes.

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rocky
1 month ago

Amazing trail full of the most basalt formations I've ever seen. Great view of the whole canyon and river as well. Be aware of bugs at the trailhead! Some kind of giant gnat that refuses to get out of your face until you get down the trail a big. My friend took three in the mouth just trying to talk. Also, recommend you go clockwise. Gives you a steady climb to admire the basalt before delivering a great view. Also, the big red hill spur at the end is still closed but you can get close and it's cool to look at.

scenic, Pretty colors, good elevation gain

on Hljóðaklettar Circle

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2 months ago

Loved the trail. Beautiful views on the river and the rock formations from the top. It was very wet and muddy due to rain but on a good day, it would have been the best hike!

Nice walk with amazing volcanic formations and caves. Parts of the trail was closed due to flooding

on Eyjan Hill Trail

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11 months ago

This was a great hike (~2 hours at a leisurely pace, with plenty of time for photos), 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 (we kept ours as a souvenir). 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. It was one of our favorite hikes during our week-long trip there, just due to the few people we saw, and beauty and peace of it all.

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Fri Feb 24 2017

Á-3 Through the woods Distance: 4 km (one way) Walking time: 1,5 hr Starting point: Visitor Centre Path difficulty: Easy route (blue). Biking is allowed on this route. 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. http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/english/what-to-see/hiking-routes/the-jokulsargljufur-canyon/asbyrgi/

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Fri Feb 24 2017

Á-2 Eyjan hill in Ásbyrgi Distance: 4,5 km (back and forth) Walking time: 1,5-2 hrs Starting point: Car park in front of the service house at the campsite Path difficulty: Easy route (blue) The trail upon Eyjan (“the island”) in Ásbyrgi starts at the parking lot at the campsite. The trail heads first north and then it goes up the cliff where it is suitable for ascent. Wood steps have been put up for easier access. When up at the Eyjan the path goes soon past an old pile of stone. If you turn around there, the route is 2 km long, but if the path is followed further south, it goes all the way to the edge of the cliff. From there is a beautiful view over Ásbyrgi. This route is an enjoyable evening stroll. http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/english/what-to-see/hiking-routes/the-jokulsargljufur-canyon/asbyrgi/

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Fri Feb 24 2017

Á-1 Botnstjörn pond Distance: 1 km (circle) with other possibilities. Asbyrgi_Utsynishaed_Helga_2010Walking time: ½ -1 hr Starting point: At the innermost car park in Ásbyrgi canyon. Path difficulty: From the car park to the upper platform, under the west wall of the canyoun - Green route. Other routes in the area are mostly easy - Blue route. 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. http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/english/what-to-see/hiking-routes/the-jokulsargljufur-canyon/asbyrgi/

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Fri Feb 24 2017

V-3 Hljóðaklettar circle Distance: 3 km (circle) Walking time: 1-1,5 hr Starting point: Hljóðaklettar parking area Route difficulty: Challenging route (red). 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). http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/english/what-to-see/hiking-routes/the-jokulsargljufur-canyon/vesturdalur/

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Fri Feb 24 2017

V-1 Eyjan hill in Vesturdalur Distance: 1 km (circle) Walking time: 0,5 hr Starting point: Campground (by the more easterly WC) Route difficulty: Challenging route (red). From the campsite in Vesturdalur a short trail leads around the northernmost point of Eyjan, the “Island”, in Vesturdalur. Along the way you pass moss covered rocks and small ponds. This short walk is ideal for an evening stroll. http://www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is/english/what-to-see/hiking-routes/the-jokulsargljufur-canyon/vesturdalur/

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Fri Feb 24 2017

V-6 Svínadalur circle Distance: 7 km (circle) Walking time: 2-3hrs Starting point: Hljóðaklettar parking area Route difficulty: Challenging route (red). The trail starts at the parking area at Hljóðaklettar and goes south past the old Trolls, Karl and Kerling and towards Kallbjarg. In the last century there was a pulley over the river at Kallbjarg, which was used to transport essentials from one side to the other. From Kallbjarg the route heads west to the farm Svínadalur, deserted since 1946 and then it turns north. The trail goes over Eyjan (the Island) and then it goes down into the Vesturdalur valley and goes along the Vesturdalsá River to the camp site. From there the easiest way back to the parking area is to follow the road.

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Fri Feb 24 2017

The first part of the trail is the same as in route V-3 but by the cave of Kirkjan (the Church) the trail branches from the main path and rises along a gentle wooded slope leading to Rauðhólar (Red hills). Rauðhólar is a row of scoria cones. During this fascinating walk you can experience a great variety of geological phenomena and the views to the canyon in the north and Hljóðaklettar in the south are exceptional. Please note that the park authorities have had to prohibit walking up to the highest hill. Due to intrusion it was starting to flatten out.

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on Rauðhólar Circle

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