Emstrur is a desolate grazing area in the southern
interior, northwest of the
icecap Myrdalsjokull. A few free standing low and steep mountains decorate the area
through which the so-called "Laugavegur"
hiking trail between Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork lies. In
Hattfellsgil is a mountain station of the farmers, who round up the sheep after the summer
grazings. Such huts are also open to the hikers, if they need shelter for the
night. A bit further south is one of the huts of the
Tourist Association, built in 1978, and just below it a pedestrian bridge, built the same
year, crossing the worst obstacle of the trail. There are other
rivers en route, which sometimes
became obstacles, but they have also been bridged.
The farmers used cable carriers to transport the sheep from
the lowlands across the canyon of the Markarfljot river and
back after the roundup in August or early September
before the rivers were bridged. The bridges opened up a new
route for vehicles through this area.
Eyvindarmuli in Fljotshlid 41 km <Emstrur> Maelifellssandur