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Highland
Kids T
ravel Guide
There is only 3 highland Routs Between
South and North Iceland
Kjolur,  Sprengisandur and Kaldidalur Routs

Tell your parent before setting off on the Highland routes, go to nerest tourist information centres to see the road conditions and remember that there are unbridged rivers to be forded!


Kjolur
Map

Hveravellir


Karlsdráttur


Stórisandur

 Kjolur Route more


Did you know?
Kjolur area (600-700m) lies between the Langjokull glacier in the west and the Hofsjokull glacier in the east, the glacial river Hvita in the south and river Seydisa in the north.

Did you know? The Valleys of Thieves are situated between the second largest glacier, Langjokull and the free standing, ice covered Mt. Hrutafell.  The name is derived from a few thieves, who hid there from justice in the past.

Did you know?
Hveravellir (The Hot Spring Fields) is a very interesting low temperature area at the northern edge of the lava field Kjalhraun.
Did you know?
The cove Karlsdrattur is situated just east of the northern glacier tongue, which calves into Lake Hvitarvatn

Did you know? This topographic name(THE BONY MOUND) refers to the vegetated slope of a lava mound on the ancient main route over the Kjolur Highlands between the southern and northern parts of the country.
 

Did you know? The mountain massif Kerlingarfjoll (The Ogress' Mountains; 800 - 1500 m) is the main ornament in the chain of mountains and glaciers framing the Kjolur area.

Did you know? Storisandur is an undulating, barren area north of the Langjokull Glacier between the Arnarvatn Moorland and the Kjalvegur Route.
 


Sprengisandur
Map

Hrauneyjar


Eyvindarkofaver


Nýidalur

Sprengisanur more



Did you know? This part of the interior, the so-called Sprengisandur route, is the longest stretch between the South and the North and is passable by 4wd vehicles during summer.

Did you know? Thorsarver (150 km²) and sparsely vegetated area on both sides of river Thjorsa (Bull's River) in the central highlands. Its southernmost boarder is river Hnifa, one of the western tributaries of river Thjorsa.

Did you know? The Pass of Hope  (Vonardskard) is named after an event, which took place during the so-called Age of Settlement (874-930).

Did you know? Kidagil gorge represents the northern boundary of the Sprengisandur route.

Did you know? Mjoidalur valley branches to the south from the end of the Bardardalur Valley and the Sprengisandur Route lies parallel to it and between it and the eastern branch the Kroksdalur Valley.
 

Did you know? The ancient Sprengisandur Route passed through Eyvindarver, and just east of it, in the northern part, are still prominent ruins of the huts built by the outlaw Mountain-Eyvindur, after whom the area is named.


Kaldidalur
Map

Biskubsbrekka

Kaldidalur more

Did you know? The Cold Valley is the westernmost and the shortest of the three main routes across the interior from south to north.

Did you know? The green Bishop's Slope in the western interior, near the Kaldidalur Route, is a place where a prominent Lutheran bishop died on August, 30th 1720. 

Did you know? Hallbjarnarvordur topographic name literally means The Cairns of Hallbjorn.  They are situated on top of a rocky mound just north of the Bishop’ Slope near the Kaldidalur Route.

Did you know? Brunnar topographic name literally means The Wells, which cover small, boggy and vegetated areas on two lakes in the western central highlands near the Kaldidalur Route. 


Gaesavotn
Map

Trölladyngja


Kistufellsskali

Gaesavotn Route more


Did you know?
Gaesavatna route is one of the most interesting and adventurous for 4wd vehicles in the country, where experience with the vehicles and river crossings is totally necessary.

Did you know?
The area called Marteinsflaeda is north of Lakes Gaesavotn, and the 4wd track there continues to Valley Bardardalur. 

Did you know? Kistufell mountain protrudes up to 1444 m (4,765 feet) above sea level close to the central edge of the glacier tongue Dyngjujokull. In 1950 a passenger plane of Icelandair (Loftleidir), a DC-4, crashed on the northwestern corner of the glacier (Mt Bardarbunga; 2000m; 6,600 feet).

Did you know? Holuraun lava field and its two crater rows were created by fissure eruptions.  One of the crater rows is close to the edge of the glacier and the other further north, were the lava field is sanded and plain. August 29th 2014. A fissure erupti­on has started at Holu­hraun lava North of Dyngju­jök­ull glacier in Vatna­jök­ull glacier.


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