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Are The Holy Grail In
In 2004, a
team of Italian researchers began an excavation in Iceland
searching for a secret chamber that apparently had been
filled with sacred books and objects from the Temple of
Jerusalem. The search for the Holy Grail, which is
associated with Christ’s Last Supper, legends of the Holy
Chalice, the Knights Templar, and special powers, has
continued ceaselessly throughout the ages.
Are the Holy Grail in the
Valley of Thieves?
or in the mountain range
or by the river
HVERAVELLIR - HVITARNES
The hiking distance is 42 - 44 km.
At the starting or finishing point, Hvitarnes, is the oldest hut (1930) of
the Icelandic Tourist Association for 30 persons.
Day 1. The first leg from Hvitarnes is
about 12 km long and ends at the Thverbrekknamuli hut with an ascent of
Day 2. The second leg ends at the hut in
Thjofadalir after a 14-15 km
hike with an ascent of 100 m.
Day 3. The third leg ends at the hut in
Hveravellir after a hike of 12 km
and an ascent of still another 100 m.
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When you cross Iceland via Kjalvegur route you drive through
a very barren land. Before the age cars when everyone
travelled by horse the route was further to the west, closer
to the glacier "Langjökull" because of richer vegetation.
This is where the hiking trail is today. Even though the
trail is hardly as spectacular as the "Laugavegur" trail it
has its charm and is relatively flatter and easier to walk.
Many people consider it a good preparation for walking the
"Laugavegur" trail. It doesn't matter whether you start in
"Hvítárnes" or "Hveravellir" i.e. walk from south to north
or vice versa. We have choosen to describe the trail with
"Hveravellir" as the starting point and spend three days.
Many hikers choose to stay in the hut "Þverbrekknamúli" for
1. day: Hveravellir-Þjófadalir
Distance 12 km, estimated walking time 4-5 klst,
elevation increase 70 meters. The Iceland Tourist
Association has built two huts in "Hveravellir". One was
built in 1937 but the other one in 1980. (66 persons, GPS
64°51.910 - 19°33.150). The elevation is approximately
600 meters. Before you leave, take time to walk through the
geothermal area which has a great variety of hot springs.
When we leave "Hveravellir" we walk southwest until we come
to the valleys "Sóleyjardalir". From there on due south to
the ridge "Þröskuldur" which is east of the valleys
"Þjófadalir". The name "Þjófadalir" means valleys of the
thieves and there is an old legend about outlaws and thieves
that supposedly hid in this area. From the ridge is a short
walk to the hut built in 1939 (12 persons, GPS 64°48.900
- 19°42.510). The area is very friendly and richly
2. day: Þjófadalir-Þverbrekknamúli.
Distance 13 km, estimated walking time 4-5 hrs,
elevation decrease 80 m. Now we head southwest and leave the
valleys. Walking along the southern edge of the "Kjalhraun"
lava field with the river "Fúlakvísl" on our right, running
in a tight ravine it has made in the lava. We come to a
small bridge and cross it, walk up on the mulls and
southbound to the hut south of "Þverbrekknamúli" (20
persons, GPS 64°43.100 - 19°36.860). Another option
is to go south along the river "Fúlakvísl" and across it on
a second bridge due east from the hut. As mentioned earlier
many people stay for two nights in the hut and use one day
to hike in the area.
3. day: Þverbrekknamúli-Hvítánes.
Distance 14 km, estimated walking time 4-5 hrs From
the hut we head east across the river "Fúlakvísl" on the
footbridge and then follow the river southbound to the tuff
hills "Hrefnubúðir". The hills are mostly eroded but on the
southern side are some patches with rich vegetation among
other birch trees growing at approximately 400 - 500 meters
above sea level and thus being one of the highest elevation
with birch in Iceland. An alternate route for this day is to
walk towards "Karlsdráttur" where the glacier flows into the
lake "Hvítárvatn" and from there towards "Hvítárnes" hut. If
we take this route we will have to wade across the river
"Fúlakvísl" close to "Hrefnubúðir". Any way we choose we end
up in the hut in "Hvítárnes" (30 persons, GPS 64°37.007 -
several booklets available on this hiking route. For further information
on the route the Travel Guide is at hand.
Huts on hiking trail Hvitarvellir to