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XcelTrip|3 min read|Oct 18, 2019


gAskja is a 50 km3 caldera, located in the remote part of the Icelandic central highlands. Askja was formed during a major ash eruption during the late end of the Ice Age which caused the roof of a magma chamber to subside.

Víti is an explosive volcanic crater but water has accumulated in the crater and the temperature of the water is around 30°C or 86ºF. This makes the volcanic crater a popular bathing site but we only recommend it for those who have done their research on the water temperature and the location’s conditions before. Also, the path down is often very slippery, especially in wet weather.

Öskjuvatn basically just means the lake of Askja. Its surface area is about 11 square km and the depth around 217 m2 or 712 ft which makes it the second largest lake in Iceland after Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The lake is situated in the middle of the crater of the volcano that we call Askja and its water is extremely turquoise blue making it quite mesmerizing and very photogenic.Askja and its blue lake, Öskjuvatn


Fjadrargljufur is a 2 km (1.24 mi) long canyon in the South-East Region of Iceland. The canyon is about 100 meters deep and through it runs a small freshwater stream. It is known to be one of the most picturesque places in Iceland and has quickly become one of the most sought-after locations, especially after appearing Justin Bieber’s video — I’ll Show You.

The Fjaðrárgjúfur Canyon was formed during the last ice age when a glacial river carved its way through soil creating a massive canyon about 100 meters down. Even though the canyon was created at a cold period it is today a very fertile place, known for beautiful and colorful vegetation.

The fairytale-like Fjaðrárgljúfur has steep tuff walls on both sides which are believed to be about 2 million years old. The river Fjaðrá that runs like a snake in between the palagonite walls originates in the Geirland Shaun lava field and falls from a cliff into the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon creating quite the scene. The river then joined the powerful Skaftá river.

Fjadrargljufur Canyon Iceland

Fjaðrárgljúfur is located in Skaftárhreppur county in the South Eastern part of Iceland.

The distance between Reykjavík and Fjaðrárgljúfur is about 248 kilometers (154.1 mi) and the drive takes about 3 hours and 10 minutes without stops.

Fjaðrárgljúfur is very close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur only about 11.9 km (7.39 mi) and about 20 minutes of driving.

The Great Fjadrargljufur Canyon

The turn to Fjaðrárgljúfur is right off Ring Road 1 so about 20 minutes before reaching Kirkjubæjarklaustur (if you are driving the Ring Road counterclockwise) look for a sign pointing to Road Nr. 206 called Holtsvegur. There you will drive for about 3 km (1.86 mi) before finding the parking lot.

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is a relatively safe place, especially on an Icelandic standard. Still, like when visiting new places, it is best to be prepared. Keep this in mind:

If the water levels are high you might want to consider skipping going into the canyon itself. Wading the river is necessary and at this point, it might not be smart.

If the water levels are low and you are planning on wading, bring sandals or wading shoes it helps a lot.

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