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Whimbrel, popular bird in Lónsöræfi

Lónsöræfi is a wilderness area in south-east Iceland. The region is characterised by its varied geological formations[citation needed]. These mostly date from a period 5-7 million years ago when the volcano Kollumúlaeldstöðvar was active[citation needed]. The glacier tongues of the eastern extreme of Vatnajökull also impose themselves on the area[citation needed]. Visible to the north-west[citation needed] is Snæfell (1833m), the highest peak in Iceland that isn't part of a glacier. The mountains within the area itself include Sauðhamarstindur (1319m) and Jökulgilstindar (1313 m)[citation needed].

Lónsöræfi, while less known and less accessible[citation needed] than areas such as Skaftafell and the Southern Highlands, is nevertheless popular with hikers. A transport service from Stafafell farm into the reserve via all-terrain bus is available[citation needed]. Alternatively, the recent construction of a bridge[citation needed] for walkers over the Jökulsá í Lóni river at Eskifell has improved access for hikers. There are mountain huts at Geldingafell, Múlaskáli and Egilssel[citation needed] run by regional associations of Ferðafélag Íslands. A 4-6 day walking route from Snæfell to Stafafell is possible[citation needed] via the Eyjabakkajökull glacier tongue. The area can also be reached from Geithellnadalur[citation needed]. The nearest settlements of any size are Höfn and Djúpivogur[citation needed].


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Coordinates: 64°35′40″N 15°11′44″W / 64.59444°N 15.19556°W / 64.59444; -15.19556