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Natures wonders

Skaftßreldahraun

Skaftßreldahraun

In 1783 a huge lava flow streamed from LakagÝgar in what became known as the "Skaftß Fires". This is belived to have been one of the greatest lava flows in a single eruption in the history of the world. It's cubic measure is approximately 16km3 and the square measure around 580km2
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Systravatn

Systravatn

Systravatn (Sister's Lake) is located above KirkjubŠjarklaustur at the edge of the rocky belt. The nuns of the convent often went up to the lake to bathe. One day two of them saw a hand emerge from the lake, wearing a fine golden ring. They seized holde of the hand and were dragged down into the depths.
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Skaftßr river

Skaftßr river

Skaftß river rises beneath the Skaftßrj÷kull
glacier and flows by Langisjˇr lake, LakagÝgar and Eldgjß canyon down to the sea at Vei­iˇs and K˙­aˇs. The river is about
 115 kilometres in length and the municipality Skaftßrhreppur derives its name from Skaftß river.
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┴lftaversgÝgar

┴lftaversgÝgar

Above the inhabitated area ┴lftaver, are extensive clusters of pseudocraters, which have acted as a barrier against the glacial floods. ┴lftaversgÝgar are a protected natural monument.
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Steinsmřraflˇ­

Steinsmřraflˇ­

Steinsmřrarflˇ­ is a marshy area stretching from the edge of the Eldhraun lava field north and east to the sands and south to Eldvatn. Sedgegrass grows in the marshland, there is a shallow lake, and abundant birdlife can be seen. Steinsmřrarflˇ­ is a listed site.
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Laufskßlavar­a

Laufskßlavar­a

Laufskßlavar­a is a lava ridge, surrounded by stone cairns, between Hˇlmsß and Skßlmß rivers, close to road nr. 1 north of ┴lftaver. All travellers crossing the desert of Mřrdalssandur for the first time were supposed to pile stones to make a cairn, which would bring them good fortune on the journey.
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Tr÷llshylur

Tr÷llshylur

Tr÷llhylur at GrenlŠkur river was once the course of the Skaftß river. Around GrenlŠkur are extensive marshes with varied nature and abundant birdlife. GrenlŠkur and the adjacent area are listed site.
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Systrastapi

Systrastapi

Systrastapi is a steep rocky hill west of KirkjubŠjarklaustur that can be ascended. From the top there is a spectacular view of glaciers, the lava from the Laki eruption and KirkjubŠjarklaustur surroundings. Folklore says that on top of it two nuns of the monestary are buried.
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Eldmessutangi

Eldmessutangi

Eldmessutangi (e. Fire Sermon Point) is the point where an encroaching lava branch flowing from the voluminous 1783 Laki crater eruptions miraculously stopped.
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Fja­rßrglj˙fur

Fja­rßrglj˙fur

Fja­rßrglj˙fur is a spectacular canyon just a few kilometers west of KirkubŠjarklaustur, by the F-206 road a short detour from the road nr 1. It is accessible with all vehicles all year round.
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J÷kulsßrlˇn ß Brei­amerkursandi

J÷kulsßrlˇn ß Brei­amerkursandi

J÷kulsßrlˇn (Glacier Lagoon) is one of Icelands most spectacular vision, located 130 kilometers east from KirkjubŠjarklaustur on the Road 1. Accessable all year round. The lagoon is widely regarded as the most picturesque scenery in all of south Iceland.
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Skaftafell

Skaftafell

Skaftafell in Vatnaj÷kull National Park, located 70 kilometers east from Klaustur on the Road 1, is an oasis wedge between sand and glacier. Its unique natural beauty formed by interplay of fire and ice. The weather conditions as well as the exstensive network of hiking trails make it a popular destination.
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Langisjˇr

Langisjˇr

Langisjˇr is the largest pure mountain lake in Iceland. It is situated in a picturesque landscape between the mountains Tungnßrfj÷ll and F÷grufj÷ll at the end of the mountain track F-235.
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N˙pssta­arskˇgar

N˙pssta­arskˇgar

N˙pssta­arskˇgar (N˙pssta­ur Woods) is the name of low-growing copse on the slopes of Mt. Eystrafjall, west of Skei­arßrj÷kull glacier and south of GrŠnalˇn. An unmarked and rough track runs to the woodland area from the east of Lˇmagn˙pur ( road 1) via N˙psv÷tn. Only accessable with special vechicles!
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Kirkjugˇlf

Kirkjugˇlf

Kirkjugˇlfi­ (The Church Floor) just east of KirkjubŠjarklaustur, by the road 203. It is a bizarre expanse of columnar basalt, eroded and shaped by wind and waves. Although it is called The Church Floor there has never actually been a church here. It is a protected natural monument.
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Lˇmagn˙pur

Lˇmagn˙pur

Lˇmagn˙pur are 688 m high palisades that tower south of Bj÷rn, west of N˙psv÷tn on Skei­arßrsandur. West of Lˇmagn˙pur is the farm N˙pssta­ur. The spectacular surroundings of N˙pssta­ur and Lˇmagn˙pur are well known. The area reaches from the ocean and black sands and all the way to Vatnaj÷kull. Volcanic eruptions, glaciers and lakes have shaped the environment there, in addition to shaping diverse formations.
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LakagÝgar

LakagÝgar

LakagÝgar is a magnificent 25 km long row of craters in SÝ­umannaafrÚttur which erupted in 1783. It is by the road F 206, only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. LakagÝgar is a part of the Vatnaj÷kull National Park.
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Dverghamrar

Dverghamrar

Dverghamrar (Dwarf Rocks) is to be found a few kilometers east of KirkjubŠjarklaustur by the road 1. Dverghamar are peculiar and beautiful formations of columnar basalt. The site is a protected natural monument.
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