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Best of Southeast Iceland June 13-20

By Staff

  • One of Lakagígar's 135 craters. The 25 km crater row is  west of Vatnajökull glacier. Photo/Vilhelm Gunnarsson

This is the Southeast section of Best of Iceland This Week, the only Icelandic guide of its kind. New every week.

 

The ideal Sunday in the town of Höfn 
“I’d start the day off by packing a lovely little lunch and then hike up Hoffellsjökull, an ‘outlet glacier’ that flows from the Vatnajökull ice cap. Stop and have your lunch on Geitafell mountain, and then unwind in the naturally heated outdoor hot tubs located near Hoffell farm. Lastly, enjoy a langoustine sandwich followed by an Icelandic ice cream speciality ‘bragðarefur’ in Hafnarbúðin, or langoustine pizza in Hótel Höfn.”
Recommended Árdís Erna Halldórsdóttir, the managing director of the Vatnajökull Information Center

Hiking in Skaftafell
Nature’s diversity is nowhere as spectacular in Iceland as in the Skaftafell region. Formed in thousands of years by the devastating powers of volcanos and glaciers the landscape is a concoction of lush green valleys and glacial tongues edged by jagged mountain tops. Hiking routes in Skaftafell are abundant. Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just want to walk around and get lots of fresh air, you’re in the right place. Hiking maps are available from the Visitor Center in Skaftafell, so everyone should be able to find something that suits their ability and wishes. You can even hike around Skaftafell glacier at the Vatnajökull ice cap without too much difficulty.

Lakagígar craters
Lakagígar (Laki craters) is a 25 km row of 135 craters west of Vatnajökull glacier, formed during the biggest volcanic eruption ever recorded in Iceland’s history, in June of 1783. The eruption caused poisonous ash to spread over to Europe and North America, ruining crops and causing famine, making it one of the deadliest eruptions in history. The lava from Lakagígar swollowed multiple villages and farms, and still covers approximately 600 km2.
A number of hiking trails and paths are in the Lak regioni, ranging from 20 minutes to 2-3 hours hikes. Get there from the Ring Road (road 1) turn onto road 206 and then mountain road F206 which leads to Laki. Road F206 usually opens in June but becomes impassable again in the autumn.

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