Gjastykki is a beautiful and rugged rift valley 5 km to the north of the caldera Krafla, in the north of Iceland. The remote area of Gjástykki, is a rugged and harshly beautiful rift zone that truly shows the power of nature in its most primordial feature. Gjástykki was blowed apart during the eruption of Krafla that started in 1975 and lasted until 1984. The forces of volcanic and geothermic activity were so potent that a 20-meter high wall was created on both sides of the valley. Two of the three areas that were active during that time are still steamy and warm.
The most iconic landmark of the area is the red mountain that stands out the dark lava fields but the whole zone is covered with multi-colored slags, which erupted from Krafla. The otherworldly landscapes of Gjástykki seem to have surfaced straight from the center of the Earth. It is a great opportunity to explore the tectonic movement that splits the country in half.
HOW TO GET THERE
GPS: N65° 38′ 30.298″ W16° 54′ 43.624″