Jokulheimar are situated in an area called Tungnarbotnar near the edge
of the glacier snout Tungnarjokull. The access road lies along
Lakes (Veidivotn) to the hills called
Vatnaoldur and east of the mountain ridge Ljosufjoll until the two huts of
The Glaciological Society are reached, the smaller one built in 1955 and the larger
one in 1966. Those huts have served as a centre for
scientific excursions on Europe's largest ice cap, Vatnajokull. Travellers
are welcome to seek overnight shelter there upon prior bookings at The
Glaciological Society in Reykjavik. For a few years the huts also were
the centre for
The surroundings of Jokulheimar are very barren.
It is possible for
experienced people to ford the Tungnaa River in robust 4wd vehicles, but
noone without experience or travelling alone should attempt that!
Such an adventure takes people to the Tungnaarfjoll
(Breidbakur) mountain ridge on the northern side of Lake Langisjor and then all the
way to the Landmanna route.
About 7 km west and northwest of Jokulheimar is the mountain range Gjafjoll (Helgrindur ;
700-900 m). There it is split by the enormous fissure
Heljargja, and a short distance to the west of the pass
between them and the Blue Mountains stands the rock Dor, a
petrified ogre heading for the glacier with its burden on
Sunday. Meet the park ranger at Jökulheimar 13.00-17.00. The park
ranger will be at Icelandic Glaciological Society´s hut, offering
guests cocoa and conversation.
61 km <Jokulheimar> Veidivotn
information on road conditions, see
www.road.is or call
the Road Administration Information Line (+354) 1777
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