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Natures wonders

Skaftáreldahraun

Skaftáreldahraun

In 1783 a huge lava flow streamed from Lakagígar in what became known as the "Skaftá 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 Kirkjubæjarklaustur 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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Skaftár river

Skaftár river

Skaftá river rises beneath the Skaftárjökull
glacier and flows by Langisjór lake, Lakagígar and Eldgjá canyon down to the sea at Veiðiós and Kúðaós. The river is about
 115 kilometres in length and the municipality Skaftárhreppur derives its name from Skaftá river.
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Álftaversgígar

Álftaversgígar

Above the inhabitated area Álftaver, are extensive clusters of pseudocraters, which have acted as a barrier against the glacial floods. Álftaversgígar are a protected natural monument.
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Steinsmýraflóð

Steinsmýraflóð

Steinsmýrarflóð 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. Steinsmýrarflóð is a listed site.
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Laufskálavarða

Laufskálavarða

Laufskálavarða is a lava ridge, surrounded by stone cairns, between Hólmsá and Skálmá rivers, close to road nr. 1 north of Álftaver. All travellers crossing the desert of Mýrdalssandur 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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Tröllshylur

Tröllshylur

Tröllhylur at Grenlækur river was once the course of the Skaftá river. Around Grenlækur are extensive marshes with varied nature and abundant birdlife. Grenlækur and the adjacent area are listed site.
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Systrastapi

Systrastapi

Systrastapi is a steep rocky hill west of Kirkjubæjarklaustur that can be ascended. From the top there is a spectacular view of glaciers, the lava from the Laki eruption and Kirkjubæjarklaustur 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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Fjaðrárgljúfur

Fjaðrárgljúfur

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a spectacular canyon just a few kilometers west of Kirkubæjarklaustur, 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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Jökulsárlón á Breiðamerkursandi

Jökulsárlón á Breiðamerkursandi

Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoon) is one of Icelands most spectacular vision, located 130 kilometers east from Kirkjubæjarklaustur 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 Vatnajökull 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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Langisjór

Langisjór

Langisjór is the largest pure mountain lake in Iceland. It is situated in a picturesque landscape between the mountains Tungnárfjöll and Fögrufjöll at the end of the mountain track F-235.
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Núpsstaðarskógar

Núpsstaðarskógar

Núpsstaðarskógar (Núpsstaður Woods) is the name of low-growing copse on the slopes of Mt. Eystrafjall, west of Skeiðarárjökull glacier and south of Grænalón. An unmarked and rough track runs to the woodland area from the east of Lómagnúpur ( road 1) via Núpsvötn. Only accessable with special vechicles!
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Kirkjugólf

Kirkjugólf

Kirkjugólfið (The Church Floor) just east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 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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Lómagnúpur

Lómagnúpur

Lómagnúpur are 688 m high palisades that tower south of Björn, west of Núpsvötn on Skeiðarársandur. West of Lómagnúpur is the farm Núpsstaður. The spectacular surroundings of Núpsstaður and Lómagnúpur are well known. The area reaches from the ocean and black sands and all the way to Vatnajökull. Volcanic eruptions, glaciers and lakes have shaped the environment there, in addition to shaping diverse formations.
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Lakagígar

Lakagígar

Lakagígar is a magnificent 25 km long row of craters in Síðumannaafréttur which erupted in 1783. It is by the road F 206, only suitable for 4x4 vehicles. Lakagígar is a part of the Vatnajökull National Park.
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Dverghamrar

Dverghamrar

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