Hiking trails

The best way to fully experience Jökulsárgljúfur is by foot and the park is an ideal hiking area. There are marked trails alongside the edge of the canyon from Ásbyrgi south to Selfoss. Many hikers venture even further, ending at lake Myvatn. The trails vary, both in distance and difficulty. All paths within Vatnajokull National Park have been assessed in order to determine their level of difficulity. All marked hiking trails within Jökulsárgljúfur are color marked according to their difficulity level. Please note that distance and walking times are for reference only.

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On the left are suggestions for a few of the more popular hiking routes in Jökulsárgljúfur, in four different areas: Ásbyrgi, Vesturdalur, Hólmatungur and Dettifoss. Whenever possible the suggestion is a circular route. Please note that these are only suggestions; in most cases it is possible to use alternative paths, return the same way, do a reverse circle etc.

Early in summer (May and beginning of June) the opening of the roads that go to Vesturdalur, Hólmatungur and Dettifoss depends on weather conditions. Visitors who plan to drive to the starting point of the hiking trails there are advised to get information on road conditions from the park staff in Ásbyrgi Visitor Centre (tel 470-7100, mail: asbyrgi@vjp.is) before they start their travel.

Those who plan to hike down to Hafragil lowland have to take special care as this the most difficult hiking trail in Jökulsárgljúfur and not suitable for untrained hikers or people afraid of heights.

Those who plan to hike from Ásbyrgi to Dettifoss (a two days hike) should look at the route description here on the left. Also those who plan to hike further, from Dettifoss to Krafla (Myvatn), should to the same.