This valley is about 18 kilometres long before it
splits into two valleys further south. It is situated to the south of
the farm Bru in the Jokuldalur valley. It is reasonably flat and lies
about 400 m above sea level. Despite the elevation, it is quite well
vegetated and has some thermal activity in a few places.
The name of
the valley is derived from the name of the farmer and chieftain
Hrafnkell, who lived there at the farm
the saga period.
One of the shortest and most interesting of
Icelandic sagas tells his biography.
Ancient ruins lie
scattered all over the valley, which probably go to show,
that many more people lived there in the past. A 4wd track
leads into the central highlands from the valley. Up there
one might expect to see some herds of reindeers and a few interesting places of natural beauty,
such as the highest freestanding mountain of the country,
Snaefell and a part of the vast Vatnajokull icecap.
Iceland Saga Trail