Kaldalón Fjord and Drangajökull Glacier (What To See - West-fjords)

Kaldalón Fjord and Drangajökull Glacier (What To See - West-fjords)
Kaldalón is rough, yet beautiful fjord with stunning surroundings. At the bottom of the fjord you can find a hiking route that leads up to Drangajökul Glacier – Iceland´s northernmost glacier. The walk is about 9km (5.6 miles) out and back and will take around 3 hours plus stops. Because of the ever-changing path of the river the path is not very well marked and you might have to cross small streams. Drangajökull is the only Icelandic glacier entirely below of 1000 metres (3280 ft)despite its low elevation it has not shrunk as much as other glaciers in Iceland in the in past years however clear signs of warmer climate are evident on the glacier. In 1914 it was mapped by the Danish army and was estimated to be about 200 km2 but almost 100 years later in 2011 that estimation was down to 142 km2. When Hornstrandir area were inhabited the main route in and out were on the glacier and not uncommon for farmers in Ísafjarđardjúp taking their horses over the glacier to Strandir area in the east to collect driftwood origination from Siberia and then back. Because the lack of forests and large trees in Iceland driftwood was the only source for proper wood for building boats, houses and furniture as well as to heat up houses and cook.

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