Travel to Iceland

Day 13 Fljótsdalur - Reykjavik (285 Km.)

Iceland


 

(86 Km.) Hekla: Active volcano for centuries, the mountain Hekla (hooded) is one of the most famous in the world. The perimeter of Hekla is about 40 miles long and 1491 meters high. It is estimated that Hekla has had at least twenty eruptions since the establishment of Iceland. The biggest eruption was in 1104. Due to the magnitude of destruction began to forge the legend that this volcano was the gate of hell. Hekla has erupted four times in the twentieth century, the last time in 1991.

Volcan Hekla
Hekla volcano

(43 Km.) Stöng: In 1104, there was a large eruption at Mt Hekla and the settlements of Thjorsardalur were buried under tons of debris and volcanic ash. In 1939 scandinavian archaeologists excavated in Stöng stong and discovered a farm that was in the Middle Ages, obtain valuable information on the design and construction of the Viking farms. The rebuilt farm is called Thjodveldisbaer (farm of the Commonwealth), and is perhaps the best representation of the medieval Icelandic housing.

(103 Km.) Hveragerði: It is a small town of about 1,700 inhabitants. The city was conveniently next to the Ring Road, main road from Iceland, which allows you to have good connections with the capital. Hveragerði is located in a large geothermal area and has a relatively short history (only a few decades). Greenhouse cultivation is the main industry (caters most of the island), but lately also works with flowers. As interest is the geothermal area situated in the town center, with the small geyser Grýla.

(53 Km.) Reykjavik: We arrived to the capital of Iceland, thus completing the lap of the Ring Road.


 

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