Meeting up at the Wilderness Center, in Fljótsdalur. A pleasant evening together. Following a group dinner, your guide will talk about highlights from local history as well as explaining some aspects of nature which are characteristic for the area and/or the wilderness.
Departure from the Wilderness Center. Provisions wil be carried by a pack horse. Breaking at the abandoned farm Kleif, where you‘ll be able to have a look around and be told tales from the past. On leaving Kleif the group crosses the
Jökulsá River by a cableway which has recently been done up. Hiking along the beautiful Jökulsá Canyon, we‘ll soon be walking past one of the river‘s waterfalls after the other. Looking across the river gives a view of a pretty, natural wood of birch, the Kleifarskógur Woods.
Further on we‘ll be passing a number of other waterfalls, either in the Jökulsá itself or some of its tributaries – small or large. The tallest two, Faxi and Kirkjufoss, are amongst Iceland‘s most magnificent waterfalls.
We‘ll have our dinner and camp for the night at Hrakströnd, close by an old shepherd‘s hut. The picturesque surroundings at Hrakströnd are quite unique. Amidst the rocks you‘ll find a small pond, fine for batheing in on a sunny day. The sound of water will lure you to the Hrakstrandarfoss Fall, just behind the rocks. Standing below the fall gives an unusual view of Mt Snæfell.
On departing Hrakströnd we head north-east, across the untouched terrain of Mt Múlinn. Here, tranquillity reigns. Should you come across another human being right here, you‘ll have a drink on us in the evening!
Most of this land is covered with vegetation but occasionally we‘ll cross spots where the glacier has scraped away any soil, leaving patches of naked rocks or gravel behind.
After walking for around two hours across Múlinn, we‘ll get the initial view down a valley by the name of Þorgerðarstaðadalur, and later down the Suðurdalur. To begin with we head for Lake Dimmavatn and then hike along River Tunguá, until we reach its junction with River Kelduá, noticably descending. The contrast between the two rivers, yesterday‘s Jökulsá and today‘s Kelduá, is quite remarkable. Even if not quite as voluminous as Jökulsá‘s falls, the ones in the clear Kelduá are just as beautiful.
We hike through a wood of birch, Þorgerðarstaðir Woods. Walking on the sunny side of this grassy valley we pass the ruins of some sheds and pens from the past, when farmers would bring their livestock here for summer grazing. We find ourselves a decent ford for crossing the Kelduá and carry on along the slopes of Mt Kiðafell. Back to civilization – and we will walk no further than Sturluflöt farm. From there the group will be taken by car to the Wilderness Center.
Tour guide, all food and relevant utensils for cooking and consumption, safety equipment, tents and the lift from Sturluflöt Farm to the Wilderness Center.
Duration: 6 – 8 hours hiking each day
Total hiking distance: 33 kms.
Altitude range: 80 – 520 a.s.l.
Bear in mind: The trip departure and arrival point is the Wilderness Center. We recommend staying in or near the Center the night before, as departure is scheduled for early morning.
Participants staying overnight before or after the trip enjoy a special price at the Center.
Clothing for the hike:
– T-shirt or vest, wool or fleece
– Woolen socks
– An Icelander (lopapeysa) or a fleece jacket
– Light, quick-dry hiking pants
– Walking boots
For the rucksack:
– Woolen undergarments (top and long-johns)
– Extra outer top (such as a thick jumper or a light down jacket)
– An extra pair of woolen socks (we recommend wool with terry). Never wear cotton liners!
– Proper Icelandic woolen mittens
– A woolen cap, a balaclava, an earband or sth. similar
– Light rainwear (jacket and pants), e.g. Goretex
– Rucksack. Reccommended sizes for longer trips are 55-65 litre for ladies and 60 – 75 litres for men.
– A light sleepingbag, with a down or fibre filling. Reccommended temperature tolerance is 0°C for comfort and at least -10°C for exreme conditions.
– A mattress for insulation
– Old sandals or sneakers, for wading
And the little extras:
– A toothbrush
– Some toothpaste
– Toilet tissue
– A very small towel