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Entrance to Þórsmörk

Before you can enjoy the mild microclimate and the birch forests of Þórsmörk you have to ford at least one really serious river. The first and unavoidable obstacle is Steinholtsá, a glacial river coming from Eyjafjallajökull (see PiP). There have been fatal accidents because unprepared tourists tried crossing with small 4x4. When we got there, 2 big 4x4 were waiting and only followed after they had watched our bus successfully manage it. Kudos to our experienced and calm driver!

This video mainly shows how not to cross (ignore the promotional bits), it's quite fun to watch: www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2y4Co9Mb_U

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49 comments

Jaap van 't Veen said:

What a beautiful landscape image; so fascinating.
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Gudrun replied to Jaap van 't Veen:

Thabk you, Jaap! It was a privilege to see be there.
6 weeks ago

©UdoSm said:

Oh, wunderschön ist diese Farbkombination von schwarzem Boden und dunkelgrünen Bergen.
Sieht man so in unseren Breiten eher selten, daher fällt es wohl besonders ins Auge...
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Gudrun replied to ©UdoSm:

Herzlichen Dank, Udo! Bei uns ist halt nicht alles vulkanisch:-) Das Grün an den Bergen ist alles Moos und vielleicht ein paar Flechten...
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Jaap van 't Veen replied to Gudrun:

Can imagine.
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Amelia said:

I have seen a successful crossing here by the professional on you tube weeks ago, Gudrun. I watched it before you posted this photo and now i see that you are exactly here. Amazing place.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eri12elxM94
6 weeks ago

Stephan Fey said:

Schön, diese schroffen Formationen!
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Schussentäler said:

Eine faszinierende Landschaft,
Das Video zeigt die Unvernunft der Menschen
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Keith Burton said:

Such a dramatic landscape Gudrun.............despite the threatening clouds, the light is really lovely and has brought out the amazing green colours and wonderful textures in the rock formations.

The PiP is gorgeous too, and I love the blue sky and cloud formations. The rocks and mountains are really beautiful...........the river seems very wide and there is no way to see. how deep it is. I can see why some people get into trouble when they don't follow the safety guidance.

A super video clip too...............funny, but potentially fatal..!!
6 weeks ago

Don Sutherland said:

Dramatic landscape photo.
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Biobauer & Kräuterfe… said:

Ja cool!!! Wenn ich richtig gesehen habe, ist nur einer der vielen Land Cruiser gescheitert. Mit dem richtigen Fahrer und einem Ortskundigen kein Problem.
Ich bin mit meinem auch schon durch einen Fluss gefahren. ;-)
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Jan said:

Wow. Fabulous scene. Great depth
6 weeks ago ( translate )

cammino said:

Herrlich. Genauso habe ich Island in Erinnerung.
6 weeks ago ( translate )

Rosalyn Hilborne said:

It sounds like a calm driver is essential Gudrun! Two superb shots and the sky in the PiP is so beautifully captured. It gives great depth to the picture.
6 weeks ago

Heide said:

Das sieht fantastisch aus - ein Himmelsschauspiel über einer einmaligen und beeinduckenden
Landschaft.
6 weeks ago ( translate )