The Wondrous World of River Jökla
and Kringilsárrani “Peninsula”
The Highlands at Snćfell
5 days – full board + provisions by car. Departure 6th July 2006
Glúmsstađasel – Jökulsá á Dal – Eyjabakkar – Snćfell – Sauđá
Tröllagilslćkur – Jökla – Rauđaflúđ – Töfrafoss – Kringilsá –
Kringilsárrani - Hraukar – Hafrahvammar – Kárahnjúkar
-- Itinerary --
EGILSSTAĐIR – KÁRAHNJÚKAR – DIMMUGLJÚFUR - HAFRAHVAMMAR -
Departure by car from Egilsstađir village at 09:15. En route to
Kárahnjúkar-area via Fljótsdalur valley. Close to the site of the
planned dam, those who want to can participate in a protest stand.
From there we will drive to Dimmugljúfur canyon, crossing Jökla
river over a bridge. We will get to see greatest canyons in
Iceland: Dimmugljúfur and Hafrahvammagúfur. We will visit
Töfrafoss the magnificent waterfall and Kringilsá before camping
at Sauđafellsalda, where we will stay for two nights.
We will walk to the juncture of rivers Jökla and Kringilsá There
we will see the magnificent canyons of Kringlisá, with its raging
and terrifying rapids. We will get to know the unique sanctuary of
Kringilsárrani. We will spend the day enjoying serenity, natural
beauty and a surprisingly varied fauna. We will take a look at the
geology of Brúarjökull glacier which sediments and moraines
probably offer the most visible, best-known history of any
outlet-glacier in the world. We will inspect the feeding area of
reindeer and the pink-footed geese, rare highland vegetation,
canyons, rapids, waterfalls, sediment terraces, terminal moraines
and other glacial vestiges.
SAUĐAFELLSALDA – JÖKLA – RAUĐAFLÚĐ – TRÖLLAGILSLĆKUR – SAUĐÁ
We will walk down to the banks of Jökla river, by the great
sediment plateaus. From there we will walk downriver by Jökla, due
north, enjoying its canyons and grown banks, to look at the
impressive columnar basalt formations and nests of pink footed
geese. We will see the „red“ rapids in Jökla, the so-called
„Rauđuflúđir“. We will head for Tröllagilslćkur stream to the
junction of Jökla river og Sauđá river. We will follow Sauđá
upstream to inspect the particular forms in the rock formed by
eddies and currents. Siggi will meet us and drive us to our night
camp at Snćfell Mountain.
This day is dedicated to the unique Eyjabakkar wetlands, formed by
the fine silt deposited by glacial river Jökulsá á Fljótsdal. An
unparalleled oasis of vegetation, 650m above sea level, habitat of
most of the known species of highland vegetation, some of them
very rare. We will take the direction of Eyjabakka-glacier and
will inspect Hraukar, magnificent examples of terminal moraines,
and the neighbouring tarns, in an area where reindeer and pink
footed geese feed and roam. We will trek on to our camp in the
neighbourhood of the planned site of Eyjabakkar dam. This is where
a group of artist and other lovers of nature enacted a performance
to protest against the destruction of the site.
EYJABAKKAR – JÖKULSÁ Á FLJÓTSDAL – GLÚMSTAĐASEL – EGILSSTAĐIR
We will get an early start to the day with a walk down by the
series of 15 waterfalls, and numerous rapids, in the glacial river
Jökulsá á Fljótsdal. Extra shoes for wading may come in handy as
the wetlands brooks and streams feeding Jökla are liable to grow
in the summer. Sibbi and Brynhildur will greet us in Glúmstađasel,
a deserted farm in Norđurárdalur valley. From there we will drive
to Egilsstađir in time for our evening flight.
Our journey starts at Egilsstađir airport, where passengers will
be picked up at 9:15. By the end of the journey they will be
dropped off at the same place in time for the late-afternoon
Full board including breakfast, hot evening meals and travelling
provisions. Tents and such will be transported by car. It is
therefore only necessary to carry light daypacks, with day
provisions and protective clothing.
Some of the day-journeys are short while others are longer. Our
pace however will be comfortable and not too difficult.
Price: IKR 42.000
Included in the package: guided tour, full board, transport of
luggage and travel by car. Yoga sessions in the mornings and
Guides: Ásta Arnardóttir and Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir
Driver: Sigurbjörn Árnason
Catering: Brynhildur Ţorgeirsdóttir
Yoga teacher: Ásta Arnardóttir
Note that the outlined itinerary is subject to change, at the
discretion of the guides.
Bookings: Ţuríđur Einarsdóttir: email@example.com
Tel: (354) 8644012
Confirmation fee IKR 5.000 payable into Augnablik account
0306-26-883 SSN. 670793-2499. Please remember to state full name.
Confirmation fee non-refundable.
Introductory meeting to be announced.