The Hofsjokull (The Temple Glacier; 1760m) is a round shaped icecap in the centre of
the country. It is the third largest one with an area of about 925 km². The landscape
under the ice is the great mountain massif of a central volcano with a vast,
ice filled caldera. Mt
Arnarfell (1143m) is at the southeastern part of Glacier The view
from the top of Mt. Arnarfell is excellent on a fine day.
The glacier is relatively steep and therefore
travellers have to be extremely careful about crevasses. Many glacier snouts flow down
from the main firn and two of its rivers, Thjorsa and Blanda, have been harnessed for
electrical production. A great volume of water runs from this glacier on the surface. It
has a much smaller namesake just east of the big glacier Vatnajokull.
Hiking or cross country skiing on the icecaps depends
entirely on the travellers themselves. They decide where to go
and are responsible for the preparations and the gear necessary for