Vatnsdalshˇlar Mounds (What To See - North West)

Vatnsdalshˇlar Mounds (What To See - North West)
Vatnsdalshˇlar consists of countless mounds or hills scattered over a five square kilometre area in the Valley of Vatnsdalur in North Iceland.. It is believed that the hills were formed as a result of a gigantic landslide, probably the biggest one in Iceland┤s history. More than 7000 years ago an immense landslide slide tore away a chunk of the nearby VÝ­idalsfjall mountainside. This slide was so great that, to this day, the mountain appears to have a monstrous bite taken out of it. The loose rocks and gravel plummeted down the mountainside at such speed that they splashed about 70 meters up the other side of the valley floor, leaving debris over an area of about 5 km2. The hills are said to be uncountable, and although many have tried, none have succeeded. Are you up for a challenge?

Nearby places of interest

There are almost two hundred years since the last person was publicly executed in Iceland. The site is found in Vatnsdalur Valley, a short distance from the main highway where a small monument of the event can be found. A beautiful river flows through the Vatnsdalur Valley, named Vatndalsß, one of the best salmon fishing rivers in the country. The area of Vatnsdalur Valley is an excellent farmland and is one of the earliest settled in Iceland. Places of interest near Vatnsdalur Valley are among other Borgarvirki, a natural fortress, the HvÝtserkur, an offshore rock formation. The nearest towns are Hvammstangi and Bl÷nduˇs, the most populated towns in the region.

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