On the trail from Mývatn to Ásbyrgi: hiking from Dettifoss to Vesturdalur

→ Distance / ↑ Ascent Time Map
→ 18 km / ↑ 400 m 5 hours See the online map below

Terrain: Relatively easy, well marked trail along the left side of Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. Drinking water is at the Dettifoss campsite (for hikers only!) and then plenty in Hólmatungur.

We left the waterfall, Dettifoss, by early morning and started heading south along the western edge of the canyon. The sooner you start, the less tourists you meet. We started at 7am and didn’t meet a soul.

Rock formations near Dettifoss

We chose not to go down to Hafragil because it was strongly discouraged for people with heavy backpacks. Going around is easier but a bit longer.

Waterfall on the way

All the way to Hólmatungur the trail is pretty much the same – clearly visible, easy to walk on and with stunning views of the canyon and its waterfalls.

River’s canyon

In Hólmatungur we passed a few smaller but very lovely waterfalls. We forded a small river and continued following an easy-going path to Vesturdalur. The local campsite is nice with plenty of water and places to hide from the wind.

Map


Total distance: 17546 m
Max elevation: 337 m
Min elevation: 120 m
Total climbing: 410 m
Total descent: -605 m
Total Time: 08:44:30
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Michal
I lived pretty common life for a while. I did my studies, my second studies, my third studies, my first job, my second job and my third job. I wasn’t really sure what’s going on so in 2014, I left my home country to learn about the world. I’m still not sure what’s going on but I enjoy it much more.

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