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mcrtchly: Track 2810 in area near Iceland, East ()
Length: 5.4km, Creator time taken: 3h18m, Ascent: 394m,
Descent: 406m

Places: Start at Lon -14.8812, Lat 65.0734, end at Start
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Iceland has many excellent trekking routes. But in winter a combination of cold weather, snow closed roads and short daylight makes these mostly inaccessible. However there are a number of shorter walks which can be reached either from or not far off Route 1 which circuits the island. A short walk to Hengifoss, at the southern end of Lagarfljót lake (near the town of Egilsstaðir) is one such route. Hengifoss is the second highest waterfall in Iceland (128m) and is said to make a noise like a jet engine when in spate. In winter the fall of water is much reduced but the lack of water is more than compensated by the spectacular view of ice cliffs and the basalt columns. The hike to the top of the waterfall looks deceptively easy from the car park but it is nearly 3km and involves a climb of about 400m. In winter, the path was covered with ice many centimetres thick and the steeper slopes were encased in snow. In such conditions crampons were essential.

For a video of this walk and other winter sights in Iceland see http://youtu.be/sxdH-Anpbtk

Uploaded on: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 (20:00:15)
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