We take the mountain road Öxi from Berufjordur to Skriddalur on our way to explore East Iceland. We visit Karahnukar dam where Iceland’s biggest Hydroelectric plant is operated producing 4.6 GW hours annually for the nearby Alcoa aluminium smelter in Reydarfjordur.
We continue our journey northwards through the mountain roads over to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss. At 45m height and 100m width it’s reputed as Europe’s most powerful waterfall. It was a filming location for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
Hljóðaklettar are amorphous columnar basalt rock formations in the Jokulsa canyon. It’s one of the most beautiful hiking locations in Iceland. The rock formations draw their name Whispering rocks from the echo’s in the canyon.
Leirhnjúkur is a dormant stratovolcano with a magma chamber located 3km below the surface. In the past centuries there have been two eruptions in the region, one in the 18th century and one that lasted from 1975 to 1984. You can still feel the warmth of the lava at Leirhnjúkur and see the sulphur and earth colours that characterise the region.
Námaskarð has hot springs, fumaroles, mud pools and mud pots. The first thing that meets you is the strong scent of sulphur. This area is truly boiling hot and scenic.
We overnight in the Myvatn region. Myvatn is a picturesque lake in the north with small islands, rich birdlife and colourful plants. If you had to pick one word for the region tranquility would be a great choice.