The deep blue colour of this river has to be seen to be believed. It runs through a deep crack in the earth’s surface and it’s the depth that makes the water look blue.



Stakkholtsgjá hike: Trolls and other rock formations

The gorge is about 2 km long in total, but I estimate that the hike to the little waterfall in the cave (see yesterday’s and tomorrow’s posts) is just under 1 km. In any case, it only took us about 40 minutes to hike to the cave, take photos and hike back.

On the way we spotted a number of rock formation that looked like trollish faces in the rock. Here are some of them, first a single photo and then a gallery:

Stakkholtsgjá: The giant's face

Here you can, with a little imagination, see a benign-looking gigantic face in the rock facade. This image is taken inside the cave.

Hvalfjörður hiking trip: The final stretch and consequences


You can, if you wish, turn back from the viewing point (see yesterday’s post), or you can go on and close the circle. This entails wading the river to get to the other bank. Some had the foresight to bring Crocks for wading. I did it in my bare feet. The way back is not as steep, but the trail winds through thick shrubbery in which encroaching roots and branches can cause injury if you aren’t careful. Click to enlarge the image.


Torn hiking shoe

This hike finished off my hiking boots. I’ll have the winter to break in a new pair before my next mountain hike.

Hvalfjörður hiking trip: The goal


Glymur (“The Ringing One”) was, until quite recently, Iceland’s highest waterfall at 198 meters. With the receding of the glaciers another, higher waterfall, has been discovered in the river Morsá, but its height of 228 meters needs to be confirmed before Glymur officially loses the title.


Glymur and part of the canyon wall. This is not the place for you if are scared of heights or if you have height-induced vertigo. Click to enlarge the image.