Reykjahverfi in Norðurþing

Reykjahverfi is the southernmost part of Norðurþing district. Most residents are employed in traditional agriculture, i.e. cattle and sheep farming, although the area is best-known for its geothermal heat and hothouse cultivation. Several farms offer tourist services, and accommodation and food service is offered at Heiðarbær, the district community centre, during the summer. Heiðarbær also has a swimming pool.

 Hiking in Jökulsárgljúfur

This part of the Vatnajökull National Park is ideal territory for walking and hiking, and in fact cannot be explored to the full except on foot. A marked path leads through the park from Dettifoss waterfall to the campsite at Ásbyrgi, generally threading its way along the canyon. It can take up to two days to complete this walk, but many shorter options are available. From Ásbyrgi it is not far to the island (“Eyjan”) or Áshöfði, and there is a circular route along part of the canyon. Vesturdalur is a good starting point for a round trip to see the “Echoing Rocks” at Hljóðaklettar, then Rauðhólar or Svínadalur valley, along to the cliffs at Kallbjörg. A walk to the gentler, grassy area called Hólmatungur takes around three hours. Guided shorter tours are also on offer, led by knowledgeable park wardens. Gljúfrastofa, the visitors and information centre in the Vatnajökull National Park houses an interesting exhibition on the nature and life in the area.

Jökulsarhlaup, a run through Jökulsargljúfur canyon during the last weekend in July

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