The East Iceland Highland Circle – Summer
Riding through fertile Jökuldalur, Glacier Valley, we encounter picture-perfect waterfalls en route to Sænautasel, a restored turf-roof farm that dates back to 1843. Here we stop to enjoy antiques from bygone times and a light meal in a remote highland area situated by a lake and nestled in heathlands.
The Glacier Valley is also known for its forceful glacial river that has three names: Jökulsá á Brú, Jökulsá á Dal, and Jökla,
We continue our voyage along the deep ravines of Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon one of the most impressive canyons in Iceland. It is over 200 meters deep and this impressive canyon stretches about seven to eight kilometers towards the valley Jökuldalur. The plan is to bathe under a hidden gem – a naturally warm geothermal waterfall in Laugarvalladalur Valley. Ideal for taking a bath or a shower in the warm waterfall where the stream runs into the valley’s main river.
We stop at Kárahnjúkar, the biggest power plant in Europe, to take encounter epic views of the canyon below. On the way back we drive towards Fljótsdalur Valley to visit Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðarskógur with larch, red spruce, native birch, rowan, and willow trees. While there be on the lookout for the legendary monster of Lake Lagarfljót.
What do i need to bring
Swimsuit and towel
Good hiking shoes