Drangshlíð

South coast, Iceland
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3.5 kilometres west of Skógar, lies a marvellous and enormous tuff boulder, Drangurinn, that has fallen from the mountain above eons ago. Farmers throughout the ages have used this boulder as shelter for livestock, with turf houses and other infrastructure built into the surface of the rock. This boulder has been used as a habitat in various Viking films and shoots. 1 kilometre further to the west is another smaller boulder by the road that also has a structure built onto it, called Rútshellir. These two locations are just by the road and can easily unleash you imagination.

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Accessibility

Route no 1 takes you within 100 meters of both locations. You will, however, have to carry equipment 50-100 meters.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Close to Hvolsvöllur and Vík, so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 94 kilometers away.
Accommodation
< 1 km
Gas station
< 50 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 50 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit. The location is privately owned and managed by a neighbouring farmer.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

By the main boulder, Drangurinn, there is a farm that could be leased as a ground for basecamp. Within 1 kilometre, there is also a large guesthouse with a canteen and basic facilities that could be used. This location also lies 3.5 kilometres from Skógar that offers many possibilities for camps. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The boulder is a tuff stone and stones could easily fall. The hills of the boulders are grassy and slippery when wet. Climbing on the boulders should be executed with a safety team.

Visitors

This boulder is in Iceland’s most frequented area, along the south coast, so many tourists go through here. The location is a popular stop for tourist that tend to stop for a picture. With the right permit, you could easily manage this location.

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