76,82 km

Dénivelé positif

1 528 m

Difficulté technique


Dénivelé négatif

1 265 m

Altitude maxi

694 m


28 3,3

Altitude mini

28 m

Type d'itinéraire

Aller simple


2 days 8 hours 53 minutes




7 août 2016


juin 2016
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près de Kópasker, Norðurland Eystra (Lýðveldið Ísland)

Trois étapes (N1, N2 et N3) pour cette partie Nord de l'Islande de Asbyrgi à Reykjahlid (au bord du lac Myvatn), parcours 1/4 réalisé en trois jours. Canyon, cascades et volcans au programme.

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    John P 5 août 2020

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    I did this trail in two very long days in the rain.
    Starting from the campsite at Asbyrgi I followed a slightly different route at first, so I could visit the top of the cliffs at the most southerly point of the horseshoe shaped depression that encloses Asbyrgi. I then rejoined the above GPX track, crossing through small birch trees and geraniums typical of the area, spotting redwing, golden plovers and whimbrel. The gorge of the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum is deep and wide, the path follows the top. It passes contorted lava flows, rock towers and waterfalls. There are bridges across streams but one river crossing which needed removal of my boots and trousers to avoid them getting wetter than they already where. As I approached Dettifoss I heeded a warning sign and instead of following this GPX trail I took the route recommended by the signs. There is a campsite with limited facilities halfway between Asbergi and Dettifoss, and a very basic campsite at Dettifoss where I stayed the night. The latter is famous for its large water fall, although the nearby Selfoss waterfall is more scenic, with multiple strands. Despite the number of visitors (all coming by car) there were no refreshments. Excluding my walk around the waterfalls at Dettifoss and other diversions I walked 34.5 kms with a 868 metre ascent.
    From Dettifoss the route is cross country to the Hliðarhagi tourist hut at N65° 45.848' W16° 36.847'. There is some springy moss and hummocky ground to cross but the going is not difficult. I was worried about a river crossing by a lake, but the river was dry. The empty tourist hut was open for people to shelter and sleep, but a pencil written note warned of bed bugs. After the tourist hut the GPX track took me through more dense undergrowth and then up a steep scree slope of slipping rock. As I was now in cloud with very poor visibility I was glad of the route as there were some steep cliffs around. On reaching the top the route to the Krafla power station was easier, eventually joining a vehicle track. I admired the blue water in the Krafla craters, the geothermal power station spread out in the valley below and the steaming springs by Leirhnjúkur. It was then a waymarked path through recent lava to Reykjahlíð by Lake Myvatn, where there is a hotel, supermarket, campsite and tourist office. 48 kilometres on this second day as far as the campsite, and some 1160 metres of ascent.
    More detail in https://johnponiceland.blogspot.com/2020/07/jokulsarhlaup-trail-asbyrgi-to.html and https://johnponiceland.blogspot.com/2020/07/dettifoss-to-myvatn-iceland-tour-day-25.html

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