þjófadalir

Day 72. 9th September. þjófadalir near Hveravellir, Highlands, Iceland.

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It was raining heavily in the morning at Kerlingafjöll, too heavily to bother wandering out with a camera, so I decided to head off for Hveravellir and þjófadalir, and return to Kerlingafjöll on the way back.  I think this image is not long after setting out from Kerlingafjöll.

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I’ve included Reykjavik in this map to give you an idea of scale.  From Kerlingafjöll to Hveravellir along the F347, F35 and F735.  Then a couple of kilometres further along the F735 to þjófadalir.

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All the following images are from þjófadalir, the Valley of Thieves.  It seems some thieves, perhaps declared outlaws, hid away in this valley long ago.

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Here we are looking down on þjófadalir, the mountain hut and the monument.  I don’t remember what the monument is for, perhaps some people who died during a cold snap before the hut was built.

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I went for a walk along the valley for an hour or two.

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Looking back at my campervan, parked above the valley.  While the road continues, there was a sign saying the way beyond was only for really serious four wheel drives.

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Looking towards Langjökull icecap and glaciers.

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Inside the hut.  It sleeps twelve.

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This last image was taken from where the car was parked and looks back in the other direction, towards the Hofsjökull icecap.

From here I returned to Hveravellir for the night,  where there was a bar with two friendly young women and a friendly group of Latvians.  There is also a natural thermal baths near the hut but I did not investigate.

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5 comments on “þjófadalir

  1. Robert D. Hayes, D.O. says:

    Really Barren landscape. I would think it would affect ones psyche.

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  2. Great variability in the weather, much as I recall. Nice images. Thanks!

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