July 2006: ┴sbyrgi and points south in J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park
Iceland Forest ┴sbyrgi is a horseshoe-shaped canyon in the north of Iceland. Geologists tell us the canyon was formed by a giant glacial flood, but the Viking legend is more interesting - that the god Odin's horse touched the ground there. The canyon shelters a small forest within its walls.
In the Belly of ┴sbyrgi There is a small pond at the "head" of the canyon. Above the pond the towering cliffs make a great nesting area for a variety of seabirds. The ocean is about 10 miles to the north.
Patterns in the Pond Another view of the pond at the head of the canyon.
Hljˇarklettar Rocks South of ┴sbyrgi, the jumbled rock formation of Hljˇarklettar is a fascinating place to explore. Giant heaps and folds of columnar basalt make interesting natural sculptures.
Hljˇarklettar Cave This cave was one of the many intriguing features at Hljˇarklettar.
Where is it? ┴sbyrgi canyon is located in the north part of J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park, in the north part of Iceland. A visitor's center is located just off the main road. A drivable (by most passenger cars) dirt road leads south to Hljˇarklettar. South of Hljˇarklettar, the road is 4wd only.
Before you go... The campground at ┴sbyrgi is decent. If you stay there it's definitely worth doing a long hike along the canyon rim, then south to where the river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum carves an impressive canyon through the national park.
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