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Gljúfursá river

The Gljúfursár waterfall runs down a colorful ravine just below our starting point. From there is a marked walking path that takes you along the river Gljúfursá, down to the sea and around Drangsnes.

Walking along the precipitous cliffs is a great experience and leaves few visitors unmoved. The trail goes past Krummsholt where you can see ancient ruins dating back to Viking times. In fact, a Viking named Þorsteinn Uxafótur is thought to have lived there. Looking at such ancient habitats leaves one wondering about the lives lived here centuries ago, wishing the earth could talk and tell us the stories of our ancestors.

Across the fjord, you can see glimpses of the village of Vopnafjordur standing on a peninsula reaching out in the fjord. The peninsula itself is called Kolbeinstangi.

The river Gljúfursá used to be a major obstacle to travelers heading east over Hellisheiði. Many accidents occurred when people tried to cross the river by foot or on horseback.

You can walk along the river to the old bridge over Gljúfursá, built around 1900 and at the time considered to be a great marvel. The story goes that construction began on the bridge after a man on horseback died while attempting to cross the river during winter.

Gljúfursá river
GPS Points N65° 45' 8.934" W14° 40' 45.533"
Postal code

690

Road number

917

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Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

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