Breiðdalseldstöð2016-10-24T14:51:07+00:00

Project Description

BREIÐDALSELDSTÖÐ

Breiðdalur central volcano is an ancient volcanic area. It was the topic of extensive research carried out by the geologist George D.L. Walker but he made East Iceland volcanologic phenomenon the main object of his professional work. The volcanic area is set with rhyolite-inserts producing the majestic mountain range that separates Breiðdalur valley and Berufjörður fjord. This central volcano is considered to be later of date than its Álftafjord and Reydarfjord counterparts. The immense volcanism of Breiðdalseldstöð has resulted in a great variety of rare minerals and semi-precious stones on display at Petra’s stone collections in Stöðvarfjordur, and the Breiðdalur mineral museum in Breiðdalsvík.

Strútsfoss waterfall is when the Strútsá river falls into Villingardalur valley. It is one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls and has in fact, two parts, with the upper part falling about 20 meters and the lower one about 100 meters. Below the river continues to run through the deep and beautiful gorge of Strútsgil and intersects with Fellsá river. The Strútsgil canyon is very colorful, as layers of gray basalt contrast layers of sediment that are up to dozens of meters thick.

You can walk the adventurous trail to Strútsfoss waterfall. It takes you from Suðurdalur’s uppermost farm, up Villingardalur valley above the bank of Fellsá river. You need to be a good way up the valley in order to see Strútsfoss waterfall, but you will be able to choose to either continue up Strútsgil or to cross a footbridge over Strútsá river. To reach the waterfall you need to descend into the gorge and ford the river several times, but be careful as it might be dangerous.

HOW TO GET THERE

GPS: N64° 56′ 26.244″ W14° 18′ 31.423″

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