Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)

Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)

Asbyrgi (Shelter of the Gods)
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Ian H
41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
Loved it here. We went in early May so there was hardly anyone around. The lake at the southern tip was still frozen with snowy paths close by. We hiked the central ridge and had a picnic at the tip. This took a couple of hours in total. The hike around the edge is for next time and we understand that takes 3-4 hours. The visitor centre is pretty good also. The drive to it from Husavik is beautiful too.
Written May 19, 2023
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Dennis E
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands234 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
I loved the area. The enormous rock walls are really impressive and the area has a Magical vibe going on. When we were there it was really quiet and we had all the nice spots (the small forest, the small pond and the small Lake) to ourselves. The area is easily accessible and Therese a toilet at the parking.
Written August 3, 2022
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R K
60 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We were there with bad weather and not fit enough to take the long hike up the mountain to have a view from above. From the free parking lot it is hardly noticeable what you are exactly looking at. Not really worth the while unless, perhaps, if you are capable of a long hike. There is a small visitor centre which was not that impressive.
Written August 3, 2023
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Robert L
Amherst, MA1,609 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
I recommend driving in as far as possible, to the parking lot. You can see the horseshoe shaped canyon from there. Good spot for hiking but this is the law of diminishing returns as the effort does NOT reward increasing views.
Written June 28, 2021
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RaczDavidBarbi
Debrecen, Hungary82 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Tripadviser marks it in the wrong place. We saw it after Dettifoss, approaching via road 862. You can go into the canyon with car and then in the middle, there is a parking lot. It's a very cozy place, you can take a nice walk here.
Written September 29, 2022
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Robyn J
Ipswich, Australia110 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018
After the deafening roar of Dettifoss it was lovely to walk into Asbyrgi canyon where it was very peaceful and quiet. It is an amazing horseshoe shaped canyon with 90m cliffs and a pool at the bottom. The pool is very still and with the green vegetation it is hard to distinguish the edges of the pool. Very pretty. There is a viewing platform and benches to sit and contemplate. There is also a cliff top walk.
Written September 24, 2018
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Patrik Oskar G
150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Friends
Free parking at the end of the road with toilets is an advantage. There are many path routes and the whole area with the lake, trees and amazing canyon walls is quiet amazing. Still not crowded. I have enjoyed my time there. I would like to have opportunity to look on ther canyon from above, so some kind of view platform would be great. Time to spend: 45-60 min or more if you want to hike around
Written September 3, 2018
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RL K
Great Malvern, UK308 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
This is an extraordinary place. There is a car park and path, but wear boots. The path Leeds to a delightful pond with towering 90 m high cliffs above. If geology interests you, this is for you. In any event, this is a lovely place to explore. It is thought that this canyon was created by huge flows of water from volcanically induced flash floods. It must have been a huge waterfall! Mind blowing. It looks like the gorge was produced by an earthquake, but who knows. Legend talk of hoofprints of the Gods.
Written August 6, 2018
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davidwellings
Stourbridge, UK42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
You need to mean to go here to the Asbyrgi gorge - North in Iceland and east of Akureyri and Husavik - if you have driven, you will buy now be used to the roads, though, to be fair, some of these are very good indeed!
You get a sense of the landscape to come as you approach, as the vertical cliff rock formations appear well before you get to your destination. The road takes you in past a tall tower of rock, Eyjan (island), which towers above the green fields of grass and shrub all around. Ultimately you enter into a small birch wood, typically of Icelandic woodland. It is silent and idyllic. A smallish car park and visitor centre (closed when we were there!) lead to a variety of pathways, through the trees, ultimately to a curved lake at the foot of the sheer cliffs, which close off the head of the gorge.
It is a magical if not spiritual place to be - Icelanders hold family picnics and concerts, where the acoustics give an ethereal atmosphere. The Icelandic group Sigur Ros performed here for part of their film Heima (YouTube!)
All I can say is that it's fully worth the trek, you won't regret it! Go!
Written December 27, 2017
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itcheetam
Los Angeles, CA3,609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
I was a bit disappointed because seeing pictures of the green and blue river curving around the rocks like a horseshoe, I was determined to find the best shot, we drove back and forth many times and wondered whether we were in the wrong place and finally went back to the visitors center and found out that those photographs were what it used to look like and now most of the water was gone and more greenery had grown so it just a pond of water and no meandering look. But the walk was refreshing, quiet and quaint. There were still some ducks, nice foliage and green jade water pond.
Written December 15, 2017
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