Breiðdalur

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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11 kilometers off Reykjanesbraut lies a fascinating and desolate valley with sandy hills adorned with eroded and shattered tuff rock formations. Just 50 meters from the gravel road that lies through the valley, there is a large dark-brown pyroclastic high ground with apocalyptic-like formations in the rock face. Two kilometers further along the road, there are many sediment layers in the surrounding hills, giving the area a feeling of ruins and abandonment. The valley has a dried-up lake with sand and pebbly terrain all around it. All in all, this is an interesting valley with a unique and eerie atmosphere.

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Services nearby

Close to Reykjavík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is also in Reykjavík.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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The area is owned by the government, so a government permit is needed.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
The area is a part of Reykjanes Geopark.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

At the entrance to the valley lies a large gravel plain that could be used as basecamp. A lonely road through the valley could also be used for that purpose. There are no facilities at this location and phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The road through the valley is very sandy and it’s easy to get stuck. The clay where the lake used to be is soft and unreliable. The eroded tuff formations are very weathered and climbing them should not be attempted.

Visitors

The area is not a tourist attraction. Locals drive through the area on motorbikes or bicycles. Closing this area should not be a problem with the right permit.

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