See that byway up ahead, that dirt road? See, there is no sign? Seems like it leads to presumably nothing? The horizon has a very simple yet stunning color palette, grayscale! Perhaps the skies are clear to add blue to the mix, but maybe not. This is interesting as up until now everything has been quite green. Let’s stop for a moment and step outside the car. We feel the fresh gust of air on our skin and by context realize it comes from the mountains. We see a river rushing past us and we can hear it’s power without any question. The water is so muddy, it’s not clear like your usual river. So this must be a river fed by melting glaciers, filled with glacial silt.
Out here, even more so than in other parts of Iceland, everything is extremely volcanic. It hasn’t been long since the last time the earth exploded, 1984, the lava is still black and without any vegetation. The biggest lake is surrounded by hardened lava, visibly older layers as it now boasts lush vegetation amidst the sharp edges of the rocks. As a stark contrast to the vegetated parts are vast volcanic deserts, in the middle of them, volcanic craters. A wasteland very much post-apocalyptic. Imagine living here, struggling to survive with limited natural resources! Here you will witness very clearly the power of earth, the ground is hot enough to be a source for geothermal energy and natural hot springs. The glacial rivers are wild and vicious, relentless! Europe’s most powerful waterfall is the greatest example.
Myvatn is a dream of a destination, both in winter and summer, for the explorer. It’s presence is very enigmatic and the landscapes bewildering. Walking through Dimmuborgir is like being placed in a fairy tale kingdom of trolls and elves. There is no wonder it was chosen as the setting for Mance Rayder’s Wildling camp in Game of Thrones. To add to the wonders of this area a fissure can be found which is filled with naturally heated water instead of a deep dark abyss with a volcanic roof to top it off, this cave bears the name Grjotagja.
We will show you a wonderful palette of landscapes in this remote part of Iceland. We’ll make sure you’ll see the absolute musts, but more importantly, we’ll take you off the grid. Embrace rare moments of absolute solitude and serenity and make the most of this opportunity to reconnect with nature and yourself in the process. We are born lost, and we remain lost until a reconnection with nature will expose us to a new way of seeing what it is that makes us human. You’ll find that going into the wilderness is like going home!