Holmatungur is a well vegetated area on the western side of the canyon of the glacial
river Jokulsa in the National Park Jokulsargljufur. It is decorated with beautiful
basaltic column formations and silver lined with cascading brooks and streams from rich
cold springs. It is a delightful hiking area between The Whispering Cliffs and Mt.
Thorunnarfjall (2½-3 hours). From there many people continue to the mighty waterfall
Dettifoss further south.
According to the legend, a widow, who lived in the lowlands, decided to
try to escape the bubonic plague, which struck the country in the past.
She and her people moved to Holmatungur with provisions to
last them a long time. When they were on the brink of
starvation the shepherd was slaughtered but not eaten
because the widow, who was a stocky woman, decided to move
back home. She was afraid, that she might be the next one on
The distance from the capital is about 570 km and
100 km from Husavik.
Iceland Saga Trail
National Park's Visitors Centre, called "Gljufrastofa", is situated in
Asbyrgi. It is open during summer Tel.: 470 7100