|Fjallabak Nature Reserve was established in 1979. The Nature reserve is 47.000 hectares and is over 500 meters above see level. The land is mountainous, sculptured by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by lavas, sands, rivers and lakes. The Fjallabak region takes its name from the numerous wild and rugged mountains with deeply incised valleys, which are found there. The topography of the Torfajokull, central volcano found within the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, is a direct result of the region being the largest rhyolite area in Iceland and the largest geothermal area (after Grimsvotn in Vatnajokull).
We begin driving east to the rock ledge Gaukshofdi. There, we have a good view towards the active volcano Mt. Hekla and also over the valley Thjorsardalur which once became deserted following one of Hekla’s eruptions. From there we drive to the waterfall Hjalp. Our next destination is the small valley Gjáin with its small waterfalls, ponds, and volcanic structures. From there, we drive up to the highland towards Ljotipollur (Ugly pool), a crater formed in a 15th century eruption. As we will be ready at this point for bathing in a hot natural pool or wanting to go hiking, which ever you feel like doing, we now drive to Landmannalaugar. Once we feel energized enough to move on, we drive to Eldgja, or “The Fire Fissure”, which is 40 km long and stretches from the glacier Myrdalsjokull to the low mountain Gjatindur and beyond it further northeast. It is a unique natural phenomenon, which was created during a tremendous eruption around the year 900. In places it is 600 m wide and very deep. From there we drive to Vik in Myrdal and then the South Coast back to where we began. This is a long day tour where you can expect to see colorful and unusual landscapes. The road to Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak is only open during the summer months.
Season: During summer, from 25th of June
Children 0 – 12 = 50% discount.
Jeep day tours from Stracta Hotel, Hella:
| The Golden Circle
Jeep day tourThe Golden Circle
| The South Coast
Jeep day tourThe South Coast
| The South Coast to Thakgil
Jeep day tourThe South Coast to Thakgil
Jeep day tourJokulsarlon glacier lagoon
Jeep day tourThorsmork
Jeep day tourLandmannalaugar
| Landmannalaugar – Fjallabak
Jeep day tourLandmannalaugar - Fjallabak