Our first stop of the day is at Hjálparfoss. In earlier times, travellers who crossed the Sprengisandur highland route found great relief in reaching this waterfall and lush vegetated area, where they could graze their horses and rest after their long journey through the desert. Because of this, it was given the name Hjálp, which can roughly be translated to ‘Help‘
Following this, our second stop on this tour is Þjóðveldisbærinn. This reconstructed farm is based on the excavated farmhouse ‘Stöng’ from the Commonwealth Era in Iceland, and provides visitors with an opportunity to study the architecture of our ancestors, as well as earn about their background and daily life. The excavated farm Stöng is believed to have been destroyed in the Hekla eruption in the year 1104 along with at least 20 other farms in the area.
The breathtaking Gjáin is a lush oasis with waterfalls in the Þjórsárdalur valley. Rauðá river (Red River) runs through the valley, and there is a small but serene waterfall, Gjárfoss, which cascades through the beautiful surroundings in to the gorge of Gjáin.
After Gjáin we will be leaving the green farmlands of the lowland and we head for the highlands, where the stunning wilderness awaits us. On the edge of the highlands we will stop at the second highest waterfall in Iceland, Háifoss. Háifoss is 122 meters high and is situated in Fossá river, which is a tributary of Iceland’s longest glacial river, Þjórsá.
Ljótipollur lake is an explosion crater lake situated in the southernmost crater of the Veiðivötn fissure system in the south highlands. Lake Ljótipollur literally translates to ‘Ugly Puddle’. However, Ljótipollur is anything but; high walls of vibrant red hues climb up the edge of the crater, vividly contrasting the crystalline blue water of this trout-filled lake.
When we finally reach Landmannalaugar, we will set off on a hike through the vast sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, Vondugil canyon, and the impressively saturated mountain of Brennisteinsalda. As we travel back down through the Grænagil canyon, you’ll see the result of thousands of years’ worth of geodynamic activity, carving out mountains, volcanoes, and glacial rivers. Afterwards, you can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural hot pool, where hot and cold water flows out from beneath Laugahraun.
When we leave Landmannalaugar, we will take a different route and drive past Hekla volcano.
Mount Hekla is located in the highly active ‘volcanic zone’ along the south shore and is the most active volcano in Iceland with more than 20 eruptions since 874. Hekla means ‘hooded,’ named after the clouds that often obscure the summit. In ancient times, Hekla was believed to be the entrance to the netherworld, and was often called the gateway to hell.
Our last stop is Þjófafoss, also called the Waterfall of the Thieves. In the old days, vikings would drown thieves binding their hands and feet and throwing them into the falls from the high cliff as punishment for their thievery.
We provide: Transport, guiding services, light snacks, dinner
You bring: Warm clothing, rain gear, good shoes, swimsuit
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