Sunday, August 30, 2009

Ásbyrgi, Iceland


We departed Husavik, heading north around the cape, planning on approaching Jökulsárgljúfur National Park from the north side. The north side is where the visitors' center is located and, also located nearby, is the entrance to the Ásbyrgi canyon.

The Ásbyrgi canyon is a horseshoe-shaped depression and is, officially, part of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. There is one road in (south) that takes you between incredible basalt formations. At the end of the road is a parking lot, with signs pointing to several hiking trails. We picked the one heading to 'the pond'.

The trail was not very long and was a very easy walk. Finally, it lead down to the pond. And what a treat. This pond was absolutely beautiful, backed by a tall basalt foundation, surrounded by lush greenery, with clear water and ducks and ducklings. There were benches along the edge and we sat and enjoyed the view and the quiet.

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