Hljóðaklettar Circle

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Hljóðaklettar Circle is a 2.7 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Kópasker, Northeastern, Iceland that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until September.

2.7 km
59 m


nature trips


bird watching




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.

Friday, February 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).

Friday, February 24, 2017

V-2 Hljóðaklettar
Distance: 1 km (back and forth)
Walking time: 0,5 hr
Starting point: Parking area at Hljóðaklettar
Route difficulty: Easy route (blue).

An easy and short trail from the parking area down to Hljóðaklettar. The first rock is one of the few rocks in Hljóðaklettar which has a specific name, Tröllið (The Troll). If you follow the path a couple of meters east from the Troll (to the right) and walk over a slightly rocky trail you can see beautiful basalt columns and honey comb weathering. The same path is followed back to the parking area.