Hof

Hof – a cluster of farms, between the ocean and the glacier, in the municipality of Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður, on the Ring Road in the Eastern Region (Eastfjords) in Iceland.

Hofskirkja – a turf church from 1884, serves as a parish church, maintained by National Museum of Iceland. It is one of six still standing churches of this type. It was built by carpenter Páll Pálsson and well known blacksmith Þorsteinn Gissurarson (called “Tool”).


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Skaftafell

Skaftafell – a preservation area in Öræfi (Öræfasveit), near the Öræfajökull volcano, in Eastern Region (Eastfjords) in Iceland, a part of Vatnajökull National Park (before it was separate Skaftafell National Park). Skaftafell area consist of Morsárdalur valley, Kristínartindar mountain (1126 m) and Skaftafellsjökull glacier – a spur of the Vatnajökull. The main toursit attraction is Svartifoss (Black Fall) waterfall, with black basalt columns behind it. There were several farms in the area, the old farmhouse in Sel was restored by National Museum.

There are many hiking trails of different difficulty levels. Skaftafell Visitor Centre provides information about the Vatnajökull National Park, glaciers and vulcanos of the area.



Vatnajökull National Park website

Vatnajökull National Park website – Skaftafell area

Skaftafell area map with hiking trails

Skaftafell area close-up map


See also:

Hvannadalshnúkur and Öræfajökull

Eastern Region: glaciers and fjords

Basalt columns:

Kirkjugólf: Church Floor

Reynisfjara beach in the rain


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Hvannadalshnúkur and Öræfajökull

Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m) – the highest mountain of Iceland, located in Eastern Region (Eastfjords), one of the peaks along the edges of Öræfajökull glacier, a volcanic crater (5 km diameter) filled with ice, in Vatnajökull National Park. Öræfajökull is an active volcano, with major eruptions in 1362 and in 1727.

Öræfajökull is considered to be a part of Vatnajökull (Lake Glacier) glacier, which – with the area of 8500 km2 approx. – is the largest one in Iceland and the largest glacial ice cap in Europe.



Vatnajökull National Park website


See also:

Eastern Region: glaciers and fjords

Eastfjords – Eastern Region


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Suðurland: Southern Region – part 3

Along the Ring Road in Southern Region in Iceland.



See also:

Suðurland: Southern Region

Suðurland: Southern Region – part 2

Sunset in the Southern Region


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Kirkjugólf: Church Floor

Kirkjugólf (Church Floor) – natural basalt pavement – the tops of basalt columns (trap rock) that are in the ground, in the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur (Church Farm Cloister), located along the Ring Road in Southern Region in Iceland.



See also:

Skaftafell

Reynisfjara beach in the rain


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