The Stakkholt Area is framed
by Glacier Eyjafjallajokull to the south, River Hvanna to the east,
River Steinsholtsa to the west, and River Krossa to the north.
It derives its name from a free standing, rocky hillock, called
Stakkur or Stakur, which contains a shallow cave with man made
walling, where the farmers and their workers sometimes spent the
nights, when they were rounding up the sheep.
The Stakkolt Gorge is a unique
natural phenomenum. It cuts about 2 km into the mountains from
northwest to southeast from its mouth. The hiking trail to its
end lies between about 100 m high and mossy walls, which the fulmars
have colonized far away from the sea. The gorge grows narrower
towards the end, where a hidden waterfall cascades down from the
brink. Two other gorges branch to the glacier in the south.
At the mouth of the Hvannargil
Gorge is a prominent cleft called Gunnufud near the so-called
Nauthillur. According to the legend, a
married couple vanished without a trace from the settled areas.
They were sought and eventually found in the Hvannargil Gorge.
They had stolen a lamb and were cooking it at the time. The
name of the woman was Gudrun and the cleft was named after her.
Mt Hatindar (666m) protrudes above the Stakkur Ridge above the
innermost part of the Stakkholt Area. It offers an excellent
view on a fine day and from there you look directly down into the
Outside the mouth of the Stakkholt Gorge is an area called
Fagriskogur, which name suggests a wooded area in the past, and
according to written sources it was wooded up to the middle of the
18th century. Above it is the vegetated and steep
To the west of River Steinsholtsa and Glacier Tongue
Steinsholtsjokull are the westernmost summer pastures outside the
trail South Iceland)