The Domadalur Route is actually the westernmost part of the ancient Landmanna Route, more frequently called “Fjallabaksleid Nyrdri”. The Domadalur Route starts east of River Thjorsa in the Solvahraun lava area and continues to Lake Frostastadavatn in the east. In the west it passes between Mt Saudafell and Mt Valafell, through Klofningar (Hekla lava field from 1878). From there, a sidetrack continues to the south to the Skjolkviahraun lava (1970) and the northeastern shoulder of the Hekla volcano. After Klofningar an old track continues to the fissure craters of Valagja and across the area where River Helliskvisl disappears into the sand. A short distance further east the Domadalur Route crosses the southernmost tongue of the Lambafitjahraun lava field (1913) and along the hills of Krokagiljabrunir and Mt Saudleysur.
At River Raudufossakvisl the route forks. To the left the road continues to the mountain hut at Landmannahellir and then onwards to the Domadalur route again. The old route continues north of the hill Satubarn and south of hill Langsata. Just east of hill Satubarn a sidetrack continues up the steep slopes of Mt Mogilshofdar to Hrafntinnusker and The Middle Route (Fjallabaksleid Sydri or Midvegur) at Mt Laufafell. North of Mt Mogilshofdar the Domadalur Route continues through the valley Domadalur, south of and past Lake Domadalsvatn, across the Domadalur Lava Field to Lake Frostastadavatn.
Lakes Hrafnabjargavatn, Saudleysuvatn, Herbjarnarfellsvatn, Lodmundarvatn, Lifrafjallavatn, Domadalsvatn, Eskihlidarvatn and Frostastadavatn are good fishing lakes. Further east is Lake Ljotipollur and further north Lake Hnausapollur.
4 x4 vehicles only!
This route lies from the west to east just north of the Myrdal’s glacier in the South. It is recommended for 4wd vehicles. It starts at the parsonage Keldur and continues through very barren lava areas, desolated mainly by the volcanoes Hekla and Katla during the centuries. En route are two tourist huts on the lake Alftavatn, one of them for hikers, and the third one, a refuge for the farmers during the rounding up of the sheep in autumn, but also open to the travellers, when it is not occupied by the owners. In the past this route was frequented by the farmers in the east, when they had to travel to the trading post Eyrarbakki in the west to purchase necessities. It was preferred to the route along the south coast because there were less obstacles to tackle. There are quite a few places of interest enroute and ideal areas for short or long hikes.
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