30. April 2018

Wapp: Three brand new walking routes - Free for 2 years!

Katla UNESCO Global Geopark presents three new walking routes, accessible through the walking app - Wapp. The routes will be open and accessible for everyone for a period of two years, funded by an international cooperation - Drifting Apart: Between 2015 and 2018 Drifting Apart is unearthing and strengthening our understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the fascinating and interconnected geological heritage of the Northern Periphery and Arctic region, and its many links to natural, built and cultural heritage. The project supports the development of new and aspiring Global Geoparks, the promotion of innovative products and services for social and economic prosperity and builds a strong network of geoheritage destinations in the Northern Periphery and Arctic Region.his project brings together partners from Northern Ireland, Scotland, Norway, Iceland, Canada and Russia..

The three routes are in the areas of: Landbrotshólar pseudocraters in Skaftárhreppur, Mt. Sveinstindur NW of Langisjór and Sólheimajökull outlet glacier.

Landbrotshólar is an impressive area known for the unique formations called pseudocraters. The area was formed during an eruption from Eldgjá (Fire fissure) that occured around one thousand years ago. It is the largest continuous area of pseudocraters in Iceland and covers about a 50 sq km area. Countless hills and hummocks - various in shape, size and appearance - the put their mark on the landscape to create a truly unique sight. The app tells you about the formation of the pseudocraters and its geology and how the locals managed to use these strange formation to their advantage hundreds of years ago. The walk is relatively easy and suits most people. 

Sólheimajökull is a 14 km long outlet glacier from the Mýrdalsjökull ice-sheet, protruding from an elevation of 1360m, down a narrow valley and ending at 100m above sea level at the glaciers terminus. The glacier is quite accessible and has been popular amongst glacier entushiasts for years. The description includes information on the Katla volcano which lies beneath Mýrdalsjökull and has had huge impacts on the surrounding areas along with affecting the the earth on a global scale. The trip is not without risks and there are a few things to bear in mind. Beware of falling rocks from the slope above the path. Never wander up on the glacier without proper equipment in the form of a helmet, crampons, an axe, a security line and accompanied by experienced guides. Be careful at all times! 

Sveinstindur is amongst the most scenic mountains in the whole of Iceland. From the peak you can gaze over the beautiful lake Langisjór towards Vatnajökull glacier, looking between the mountains Fögrufjöll and Tungnaárfjöll. Dark sands, clear blue waters and the earthen colours in the tuff are amongst some of the unique characteristics of the area that can all be experienced at once through this beatiful hike. The walk follows the ridge ontop Mt. Sveinstindur. The hike is recommended for people in reasonable shape and with approprate footwear and clothing. Note that the road up to the mountain usually opens up around the start of June. Information on roads can be found on the The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration's webpage 

We would like to thank Einar Skúlason for the cooperation and work on the routes along with wishing everyone a happy summer and good fortune on the walks ahead!

More information about the app found by clicking this link! or the photo below. wink

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