Information about Fjallabak

 

Fjallabak may refer to two highland routes, South Fjallabaksleid or the North Fjallbaksleid.

South Fjallabaksleid

The South Fjallabaksleid ('Fjallabaksleid sydri') is an old highland route north of Myrdalsjokull glacier, connecting Rangarvellir (the eastern part of the South Iceland lowlands) to Skaftartunga (areas nothwest of Myrdalsjokull). This is a popular mountain track for hiking and jeeps and is easy to walk and drive. The area is very dry with scant vegetation, as it is situated between mountains that have a strong volcanic activity.  The mountains have left endless amounts of ash, sand and lava in the area, now covered in moss. Rhyolite is the characteristic petrological berg type colouring the landscape grey-pinkish with endless shades of other colours.

From the west, the South Fjallabaksleid starts from Keldur in Rangarvellir, then goes eastwards to Laufafell, across Markarfljot river to Alftavatn lake (there are huts at Alftavatn owned by the Icelandic Touring Association) then onwards to Maelifellssandur and ending at Skaftartunga. This track was the main route for farmers in the East as they led their sheep to be on sale at the town Eyrarbakki in the South Coast. Already in the Middle Ages, the South Fjallabaksleid was a frequent route.

North Fjallabaksleid

In more recent times, another track, North Fjallabaksleid ('Fjallabaksleid nyrdri') , has been laid, connecting the two aforementioned areas. This track lies further north across the South Iceland highlands, starting on the west side of Galtalaekur in Rangarvellir, leading on north of Hekla, through Landmannalaugar and Jokuldalir and towards Svartinupur in Skaftartunga in the East. This north track was originally named Landmannaleid by the local farmers who used it.

Services near Fjallabak

All services in 50km radius

Attractions nearby Fjallabak

Dómadalur

  Domadalur is a valley east of Kringla (Landmannahellir cave) in the south of the Icelandic highlands. The valley has a little shallow lake a...

View

Landmannaleið

Photo from Wikimedia, Creative Commons, by Pietro Landmannaleið, or the F225, is a highland road that leads to the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and t...

View

Frostastaðavatn

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Gestumblindi. Frostastaðavatn is a highland lake renowned for its vivid blue and green colouration ...

View

Ljótipollur

  Ljotipollur is a explosion crater lake in the south highlands, situated in the southernmost crater in the Veidivotn fissure system. Strangely...

View

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar ("The people's pools") is a vast area of stunning and unique beauty, the true heart of Iceland's southern Highland...

View

Brennisteinsalda

  Brennisteinsalda (ca. 855 m) is a volcano in the area of Landmannalaugar National Park, in the south highlands of Iceland. Brennisteinsalda ...

View

Bláhnjúkur

  Blahnjukur (a.k.a. Blahnukur) is a volcano in the area of Landmannalaugar, in the south highlands of Iceland.  Blahnjukur's name (&#...

View

Torfajökull

Torfajökull is the name of both a stratovolcano and a complex of subglacial volcanoes, north of Mýrdalsjökull glacier in South Icelan...

View

Strútslaug

Strutslaug (also known as Holmsarbotnalaug) is a geothermal pool in the South Highlands, north of Myrdalsjokull glacier and close to Torfajokull glaci...

View

Veiðivötn

Veiðivötn is an area of over 50 small fishing lakes, situated north-east of Friðland að Fjallabaki and Landmannalaugar. The ov...

View

Krakatindur

  Krakatindur is a 858 m volcano in Rangarvallasysla in South Iceland. The volcano is located in the Nyjahraun lava field and belongs to ...

View

Faxi

Credit: Wikimedia, Creative Commons. Photo by Kkaefer. Faxi is a wide, serene waterfall in South Iceland, approximately twelve kilometres away from G...

View

Stórasúla

Stórasúla is a distinctive, cone-shaped mountain found in the southern highlands of Iceland. The mountain has an elevation of 693 m (2...

View

Bláfjöll

  The Blue Mountains are a beautiful mountain range of the tuff type, located around 20 km from Reykjavik, by the lava plateau of Hellisheidi. T...

View

Eldgjá

  Eldgja is the largest volcanic canyon in the world, 270m deep, 600m at its widest and around 40 km long.  The canyon lies paralel with t...

View

Hekla

  The stratovolcano Hekla in the south of Iceland is undoubtedly one of the island's most famous and active volcanoes, with over 20&nbs...

View

Laugavegur hiking trail

The Laugavegur is one of the most popular hiking trails in Iceland. The scenery is breathtaking in its beauty and extremely varied, displaying example...

View

Hólaskógur

  Holaskogur is an deforested area (despite the name, 'skogur'='forrest') in Gjupverjaafrettur in the mid highlands of Iceland.&...

View

Háifoss

Háifoss ('High Waterfall') is a waterfall in Fossárdalur valley, innermost of Þjórsárdalur valley in south I...

View

Uxatindar

Uxatindar is a mountain peak in the southern highlands which stands 642 metres above sea level. It is green with moss throughout summer and is ...

View

Tours near Fjallabak

Landmannalaugar Day Tour | Hiking and Hot Spring Bathing

Jump aboard this affordable bus tour to the Landmannalaugar region of the Icelandic Highlands......

View

Landmannalaugar Day Tour | The Pearl of the Highlands

Visit the wilderness of Iceland and join this tour of hiking and bathing in a geothermal hot......

View

ATV Day Tour in the Highlands

Come along on this revitalizing ATV tour exploring the Icelandic Highlands, untouched and unseen......

View

Mystery Super Jeep Tour | South Coast or the Highlands

Hop aboard this fantastic Super Jeep tour and leave your day’s sightseeing in the hands of the......

View

Conquer Eyjafjallajokull! | Highlands Snowmobiling Adventure Tour

Hop on to this full-day tour snowmobiling in Iceland's beautiful Central Highlands and......

View

One-Way Bus Ticket | Departure from Thorsmork

Reserve your bus seat from the beautiful Þórsmörk valley with this one-way bus ticket.......

View

Super ATV Tour | Highlands Custom Route

Join this exciting super-sized ATV tour for a rip-roaring afternoon in the Icelandic highlands,......

View

Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area | Super Jeep Day Tour

Explore the Landmannalaugar geothermal area on this amazing super jeep day tour. Landmannalaugar......

View

Extreme Iceland Highlands Photography Workshop

Join award-winning landscape photographers from Iceland on this 13-day Extreme Iceland Highlands......

View

Trek at the Doors of Hell | 4-Day Hiking Tour to Landmannalaugar

Come along on this four-day trek of the barren Icelandic Highlands. Travel alongside the volcano......

View

Helicopter Tour | The South Coast, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & The Highlands

Join this memorable helicopter tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the black sand beaches of the......

View

Volcanic Trails | Guided 9-Day Hiking Excursion in the Highlands

Come along on an extraordinary trekking tour of one of Iceland’s most amazing areas on this......

View

Discover Landmannalaugar | 2-Day Snowmobiling Tour

Don't miss out on the chance to join this phenomenal 2-day snowmobiling tour exploring the......

View

Trek of the Trolls | 7-Day Hiking Adventure in the Highlands

Join this full-week hiking excursion in the Highlands to witness the wonders of the less......

View

Wildcard Super Jeep Tour | 7-Hours of Exploration

Join us on an exciting trip in beautiful South Iceland that is not dependent on the weather,......

View

Hiker's Ride To Thorsmork | One-Way Bus Ticket

Take a seat on this one-way bus ride to the luscious Valley of Þórsmörk and see for yourself......

View

The Golden Hikers Bus Pass | Return Bus Ticket to the Highlands

Explore the magical highlands of Iceland at your own pace with the Golden Hikers Bus Pass. Hike......

View