"Hljˇaklettar "The Echo Rocks" in N-Iceland." J÷kulsßrglj¨fur Things to Do Tip by Regina1965
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Hljˇaklettar "The Echo Rocks" are in N-Iceland just south of ┴sbyrgi in the J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park. When coming down the road leading to Hljˇaklettar a whole walley of extraordinary rock formation opens up. These extraordinary rock formations, many of them standing in the middle of J÷kulsß river (J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum) are the remains of volcanoes which have been eroded for centuries after centuries by the strong currents and floods of J÷kulsß, which is the river coming from Dettifoss and Vatnaj÷kull glacier, leaving only these extraordinary volcanic plugs behind.
There are some hikes in the walley, get a booklet from the ranger with a description of the hikes there. The trail starts at the car park at Hljˇaklettar, pass the car park at the camp site and drive a little further to the other car park. The information centers are open only during the summer months.
See my next tip on the trail leading to "Karl og kona" and "Tr÷llahellir" - Man and woman - and Troll-cave.
The other trail on the left takes you through the extraordinary rock and basalt column formations of Hljˇaklettar making you feel like you are in another world. The volcanic plugs take on the form of so many creatures and are so big that you feel like a small ant while walking there. There is one formation called "Tr÷lli" or The troll, another one "Kirkjan" or The church, and you can walk into a big cave in that formation. There is also "Kastalinn" or The castle and many more formation. This walk will leave no man unmoved. This area is both beautiful and rugged as you walk on the bank of the glacial river J÷kulsß ß Fj÷llum.
Address: J÷kulsßrglj˙fur National Park, IS 671 Kˇpasker
Directions: Just before arriving in ┴sbyrgi on road 85, coming from H˙savÝk, take a right turn on road F862 and it is ca 13 km on gravel road. Take a left turn at Hljˇaklettar. If you drive down F862 you will go to Dettifoss, but the road is for 4x4 only.
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