FS-028 Jökulsárgljúfur – Iceland’s Greatest National Park
A National Park was established in Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and the surrounding area in 1973. When Vatnajökull National Park was established in 2008, Jökulsárgljúfur became a part it. For thousands of years, Jökulsá á Fjöllum, one of Iceland's largest rivers, has continued to flow from under the glacier Vatnajökull, winding its way through a diverse landscape 200 km long until merging with the sea in Öxarfjörður bay. On its long journey, the river has carved numerous chasms into the highland bedrock. Jökulsárgljúfur is approximately 25 km long, half a kilometre wide and in several locations, over 100 metres deep.
Volcanic activity primarily formed the great park with a boost from gigantic glacial floods. The park offers scenic attractions including: Ásbyrgi, Vesturdalur, Hljóðaklettar, Hólmatungur, Hafragilsfoss and Dettifoss.
If the tour starts from Húsavík, we drive along the Tjörnes peninsula to Kelduhverfi with couple of short stops. Ásbyrgi is where nature remains timeless and mystical. After having enjoying Ásbyrgi for while, we take the highland road to Vesturdalur (a small valley enclosed by cliffs) and Hljóðaklettar where we hike arround. The next stop is Hólmatungur which is an amazing area filled with basalt formations, babbling brooks and wildflowers in season. The last stops are the waterfalls Selfoss, Dettifoss and Hafragilsfoss. We then return to Húsavík.
With start/end in Mývatn area, we head towards the waterfalls Selfoss, Dettifoss and Hafragilsfoss. Then to Hólmatungur, Hljóðaklettar and finally Ásbyrgi. In the end, head back to Mývatn.
Availability: June - September - daily on request, reservation required
Departure: Húsavík, Mývatn, Akureyri
Departure time: On request
Tour duration: Approx. 8 hours
Tour price (pr car) - see booking form.
Included: Fully guided tour and transportation
Note: Refreshments are not included in the tour price. Please note that early June and September travel may involve changes in the itinerary because of possibly difficult access to one or more of the sites.
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Other tour options also available, shorter programs, focus on different places, seasonal plans etc.