The Wondrous World of Glacial River Jökla
and Kringilsárrani Peninsula
6 days – Backpacking and
provisions by car. Departure 23th July 2006 (C1)
Sauđá – Jökla – Rauđaflúđ – Töfrafoss – Kringilsá – Kringilsárrani
– Hraukar – Stuđlagátt
Laugavalladalur – Hafrahvammar – Kárahnjúkar
EGILSSTAĐIR – SAUĐÁ – JÖKLA – RAUĐAFLÚĐ – SNĆFELLSALDA (daypack)
Departure by car from Egilsstađir village at 09:15. Our driver
Siggi, will drive us directly to Sauđá river. From our drop off
point we will walk downstream Sauđá river to its junction with
glacial river Jökla. From there we will go on upstream, due south,
by the grown banks of Jökla. We will see the so-called red rapids
or “Rauđuflúđir”. We will head for Sauđafellsalda where we will
camp for the night, close to a reindeer trail.
SAUĐAFELLSALDA - BRÚARJÖKULL – KRINGISLÁRRANI (full backpack)
We will walk to the terminal moraines to the west from Kringilsá
river, up to Brúarjökull glacier. If the sun is out it is
advisable to apply sun lotion and use sunglasses. Crossiing the
glacier, we will enter Kringilsárrani sanctuary. There we will
camp for three nights, in the vicinity of the tarns on
KRINGILSÁRRANI SANCTUARY (daypack)
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
KRINGILSÁRRANI SANCTUARY (daypack)
Another day to enjoy the colourful nature on Kringilsárrani. We
will walk to Gljúfakvísl river and get the chance to see a
landscape magnificently formed by glaciers, close to the biggest
glacier in Europe. From Kringilsárrani we are able to see
Vesturörćfi heath and Hreinatungur, the least frequented area in
DAY 5: (full backpack)
KRINGILSÁRRANI – TÖFRAFOSS – STUĐLAGÁTT – SAUĐAFELL –
We will march due north on Kringilsárrani by Hraukar moraines to
Töfrafoss waterfall, which we will be able to admire from its
western bank. We will take our lunch break before continuing up to
the juncture of Jökla river and Kringilsá. Awaiting us there will
be the tow-ferry made by farmer Guđmundur á Vađi. After crossing
the river, we will march on to meet Sibbi by Sauđafell. He will
take us up to Laugavalladalur valley where we will camp for the
last night. In the valley one can take a mountain bath. We will
put up a party tent and prepare for BBQ and fun, red wine and a
leg of lamb.
DAY 6: (daypack)
LAUGAVALLADALUR – HAFRAHVAMMAR – KÁRAHNJÚKAR – EGILSSTAĐIR
We will enjoy the unique Laugavalladalur valley. We will see the
greatest river canyons in Iceland, Hafrahvammagljúfur. We will
make a short stop by the site of the planned Kárahnjúkavirkjunar
dam (protest stand for those who feel like it). From there the car
will take us to Egilsstađir village in time for our late-afternoon
Our journey starts at Egilsstađir village, where passengers will
be picked up at 9:00. By the end of the journey they will be
dropped off at the same place in time for the late-afternoon
They journey is a blend of backpacking and travel by car with
provisions carried by car.
a) the provisions, tents and such will be transported by car or
left at campsite. During 4 days it is therefore only necessary to
carry light daypacks, with food and protective clothing.
b) 2 days backpacking with a full load.
Some of the day-journeys are short while others are longer. Our
pace however will be comfortable and rather slow. 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
NB: the last evening’s BBQ is included, as well as breakfast and
food for the last day.
Food is not provided by Augnablik in this treck, hikers bring
their own food.
Price: IKR 32.000
Included in the package: guided tour, provisions and travel by
car. Last evening’s BBQ in Laugavalladalur valley, breakfast and
camping food the day after. Yoga sessions in the mornings and
Guides: Ásta Arnardóttir and Ósk Vilhjálmsdóttir
Driver: Sigurbjörn Árnason
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.