We drove through the Þjórsárdalur Valley in the southern highlands of Iceland. Þjórsárdalur runs along the river Þjórsá, Iceland’s longest river. Where a tributary of this river, the Fossá, tumbles into the valley, it creates a nice waterfall Hjalparfoss. Búrfells woods are other natural attractions, being a particularly large forest for Iceland. Þjórsárdalur is, in fact, quite the botanist’s paradise, with many species of wildflower, grass, and moss. Þjórsárdalur is within clear sight of the notorious volcano Hekla, and near the Þjórsá lava, the largest lava field in the country. This lava field holds the famous Kerið crater.

Hella – parking location: 63.8291603N 20.4007655W