The Highlands at Snćfell — The Wondrous World of River Jökla
and Kringilsárrani “Peninsula”
4 days – full board + provisions by car. Departure 9th August 2006
Glúmsstađasel – Jökulsá á Dal – Eyjabakkar – Snćfell – Sauđá
Tröllagilslćkur – Jökla – Rauđaflúđ – Töfrafoss – Kringilsá –
Kringilsárrani - Hraukar – Hafrahvammar – Kárahnjúkar
-- Itinerary --
EGILSSTAĐIR – FLJÓTSDALUR – GLÚMSTAĐASEL – EYJABAKKAR – SNĆFELL
Departure by car from Egilsstađir village at 09:15. En route to
Kárahnjúkar area via Fljótsdalur valley. Hike up by a series of
waterfalls in glacial river Jökla, altogether 15 falls and
numerous magnificent rapids. Visibility allowing, the King of
Icelandic mountains, Snćfell, and our destination, is in
magnificent view. Extra shoes for wading may come in handy as the
wetlands brooks and streams feeding Jökla are liable to grow in
the summer. Rendezvous with Sibbi, our driver, is planned before
marching on to our camp at the roots of Snćfell where we will stay
for two nights in the bosom of glaciers and mountains after a long
EYJABAKKAR – KÁRAHNJÚKAR – SAUĐÁ – JÖKLA – RAUĐAFLÚĐ –
Our driver Sibbi, will take us to Sauđá river. We will follow
Sauđá downstream to Jökla river. From there we will head south,
following Jökla upstream, by 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, called
„Rauđuflúđir“. Our route will take us through a grown area to our
camp for the night in Sauđafellsalda hill, where we will stay for
We will walk to the juncture of rivers Jökla and Kringilsá.
Awaiting us there will be the tow-ferry made by farmer Guđmundur á
Vađi. 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
SAUĐAFELLSALDA – DIMMUGLJÚFUR – HAFRAHVAMMAGLJÚFUR - KÁRAHNJÚKAR -
The day starts with a drive with Sibbi to the greatest canyons in
Iceland. We will get a chance to inspect Dimmugljúfur canyon and
that of Hafrahvammagljúfur. A stop is programmed by the site of
the planned dam at Kárahnjúkar and there, those who want can take
part in a protest stand. From there the car will take us to
Egilsstađir village, in time for our afternoon 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. The
elevation is not great except when we walk upstream by glacial
river, Jökulsá in Fljótsldalur, the first day, in which we cover
the greatest distance.
Price: IKR 37.000
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.