The Pass of Hope is named after an event, which took place during the
so-called Age of
Settlement (874-930). The first settler in the
valley in the North came to
the conclusion, that the southerly winds were warmer than the northerly and decided to
move to the south with all his belongings in the hope of finding better living conditions.
He did so during winter, when all rivers were frozen over, and succeeded without
The boundaries to the west are the
Tungnafell glacier (900-940m) and to the east the northeast corner of the
VatnajŲkull icecap (2000m). In the pass is the watershed between north and south and an
interesting high temperature area. Many, who overnight in the tourist huts at
walk up the valley and into the pass to enjoy the unique scenery and natural wonders of
the area or climb the Tungnafell glacier.
After the establishment of Europe's largest national
park, Vatnajokull, on June 7th, 2008, Vonarskard became one of the
centres for the NP wardens.