Jökulsá á Fjöllum

This article is part of the series “2018-08: Iceland”.

Tuesday, 4 September

Jökulsá á Fjöllum (glacial river in the mountains) is a river in the North of Iceland and offers some interesting places. We chose the road 862 on the western side with destination Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.

After some kilometres the asphalt road suddenly changed into a single-track gravel road, which was in a quite bad shape.

Some kilometres further at the turnoff to the Hljóðaklettar the road to the Dettifoss became an “F” road, meaning that it was open only for off-road vehicles. At least we could turn left to Hljóðaklettar which is known for its basalt columns. Here we parked the car and took a circular walk.

After our walk we had to drive back the whole bumpy road, turn east, cross the river and use the road 864 on the eastern side. It was quite bad, too, but at least we were allowed (and able) to take the road and finally arrive at the Dettifoss. We were lucky, since the eastern shore is more crowded and farther away from the waterfall.

Here some snapshots:

From this place you also have a gorgeous panoramic view of the canyon that leads to the north. If you followed this canyon you would come back to Hljóðaklettar.

2 comments to “Jökulsá á Fjöllum”

  1. Johanna 2018-09-11 15:53

    Die Basaltformationen sind ja irre…..was für eine bizarre Landschaft !
    Den Wasserfall meine ich zu hören , welch eine Naturgewalt :-o

  2. way-up-north 2018-09-12 21:06

    Ich könnte locker eine Woche damit verbringen, nur in Ruhe diese Basaltformationen zu fotografieren. Bizarr beschreibt es ganz gut.

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