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AN INTRODUCTION TO

HRÍFUNES NATURE PARK

Hrífunes Nature Park is an attractive new leisure resort in southern Iceland, half-way between the villages of Vík í Mýrdal and Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The south of Iceland is famed for the range of contrasts found there: ice, active volcanoes, woods, sandy beaches, lava fields, thriving villages, dramatic history and a peaceful atmosphere. The park lies in Skaftártunga, a lush and attractive area with views of two of the country’s most imposing glaciers: Mýrdalsjökull to the west and the great Vatnajökull further away to the north-east. This is the largest ice-cap in Iceland and among the most impressive on the planet outside the polar regions.

The land around Hrífunes Nature Park is ideal for recreation, with many rewarding hiking trails leading to popular destinations such as Landmannalaugar, Fjallabak, Eldgjá and Langisjór. The last two of these lie within a day’s hike from the park. Close by are the Meðallandsfjara beach, the woods of Núpsstaðarskógar and the magnificent Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge, while services and other attractions can be found in the nearby villages of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Vík í Mýrdal.

Special attractions and experiences greet the hiker on trails through the countryside. Showering under a waterfall, examining artificial craters both inside and out, walking on a beach with the mighty Atlantic at your feet and angling for freshwater fish in the clear streams that bubble out from under the lava – there is something for all age groups in the vicinity of Hrífunes Nature Park, with walking paths which meet all levels of ability.

An overview over hrifunes nature park and it's cabins

The area was formed by valley glaciers in the last Ice Age and the evidence of this can be seen in the valleys and ridges in the landscape; the resultant soil and sheltered patches have been colonised by Icelandic birch which thrives here. The streams in the valleys lend the woodlands a particularly attractive charm in mild weather. Blueberries and crowberries can be found in the heather in the autumn months; berry-picking is an exciting holiday activity for children and add a special something to a stay at Hrífunes.

As the area is far from large towns with their light pollution, winter offers a good chance to enjoy the stars (with or without a telescope) and, occasionally, the Northern Lights. These can be especially impressive when the land is under snow and they perform their dance above the glaciers. Many of Iceland’s birds nest in the area, and occasionally the visitor will come across wild foxes.

An overview over hrifunes nature park and it's cabins
AN INTRODUCTION TO

HRÍFUNES NATURE PARK

Hrífunes Nature Park is an attractive new leisure resort in southern Iceland, half-way between the villages of Vík í Mýrdal and Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The south of Iceland is famed for the range of contrasts found there: ice, active volcanoes, woods, sandy beaches, lava fields, thriving villages, dramatic history and a peaceful atmosphere. The park lies in Skaftártunga, a lush and attractive area with views of two of the country’s most imposing glaciers: Mýrdalsjökull to the west and the great Vatnajökull further away to the north-east. This is the largest ice-cap in Iceland and among the most impressive on the planet outside the polar regions.

The land around Hrífunes Nature Park is ideal for recreation, with many rewarding hiking trails leading to popular destinations such as Landmannalaugar, Fjallabak, Eldgjá and Langisjór. The last two of these lie within a day’s hike from the park. Close by are the Meðallandsfjara beach, the woods of Núpsstaðarskógar and the magnificent Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge, while services and other attractions can be found in the nearby villages of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Vík í Mýrdal.

Special attractions and experiences greet the hiker on trails through the countryside. Showering under a waterfall, examining artificial craters both inside and out, walking on a beach with the mighty Atlantic at your feet and angling for freshwater fish in the clear streams that bubble out from under the lava – there is something for all age groups in the vicinity of Hrífunes Nature Park, with walking paths which meet all levels of ability.

The area was formed by valley glaciers in the last Ice Age and the evidence of this can be seen in the valleys and ridges in the landscape; the resultant soil and sheltered patches have been colonised by Icelandic birch which thrives here. The streams in the valleys lend the woodlands a particularly attractive charm in mild weather. Blueberries and crowberries can be found in the heather in the autumn months; berry-picking is an exciting holiday activity for children and add a special something to a stay at Hrífunes.

As the area is far from large towns with their light pollution, winter offers a good chance to enjoy the stars (with or without a telescope) and, occasionally, the Northern Lights. These can be especially impressive when the land is under snow and they perform their dance above the glaciers. Many of Iceland’s birds nest in the area, and occasionally the visitor will come across wild foxes.

The road leading out of hrifunes nature park hotels

APPROACH

The vistas seem endless, yet it is only a short drive from National Route No. 1 to the properties in Hrífunes Nature Park.

Hrifunes nature park streams and rivers

VALLEYS

Deep, green valleys with streams and flowers are a feature of the location.

Hrifunes nature park is covered with lush vegetation

LUSH VEGETATION

Birch scrub, wild flowers and angelica are prominent in the vegetation of the Hrífunes Nature Park. The sound of purling streams and the scent of fresh growth follow the visitor on walks in the park.

If you wish to know more or have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.