This vast feeding and
breeding area of the reindeer is within the frame of the Snowy
Mountain, Snaefell, the northern edge of the icecap Vatnajokull and
the glacial river Jokulsa a Bru. It is mostly vegetated and boggy in a
few places. It is situated between 600 and 700 m above sea level.
One of the Tourist Association's
huts is situated at the western foot of the Snowy Mountain. Two
main access roads lead into this area, one from the Hrafnkelsdalur
valley and another and a better one from the Fljotsdalur valley. The
latter was built in connection with research carried out in connection
with the planned construction of a hydro electric power station and
the creation of a man made lake, which would flood one of the largest
breeding areas of the pink footed goose in the world.
Before setting off
on the Highland routes, check the road conditions and remember that
there are unbridged rivers to be forded!