There is a mountain range east of The Askja Area. It is split in
two places and in the middle is the prototype of Icelandic table mountains, Herdubreid
(1682m). Its highest peak, facing southeast, is on the brink of the big crater.
The mountain rises 1000-1100 m above the surroundings, its screes are very
steep and lose and above them the mountain is lined with precipitous cliffs
all around. This makes it rather difficult to climb and the best
acsend is from the northwest. Climbers must stay
together in a tight group when climbing because of rolling stones in
the steep screes. The oasis Herdubreidarlindir is one of the most beautiful spots of the
interior. A myriad of cold springs at the edge of the lava creates the spring fed
river Lindaa, a tributary of the glacial river Jokulsa.
The water is the source of the existence of amazingly many species of
plants in the oasis. This area is in the rain shadow of the big icecap and
the precipitation is minimal both summer and winter.
people, who hike into the lava field behind the hut, loose their sense
of orientation and get lost. There are camping grounds just east of the hut and
daily bus connections from lake Myvatn
the establishment of Europe's largest
national park, Vatnajokull, on
June 7th, 2008, Herdubreidarlindir became one of the centres for the NP
133 km, Kverkfjoll
62 km, Dyngjufjoll
29 km <Herdubreidarlindir>
60 km, Myvatn 103 km.