Þakgil

South coast, Iceland
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Þakgil is a spectacular place between Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the sand plains of Mýrdalssandur. The area is an untouched territory of high mountains covered in neon-green moss, with interesting forms and shapes of eroded sandstone that create a surreal and otherworldly landscape. Þakgil is a canyon 15 kilometres from the main road and offers an extraordinary landscape, nestled in a grassy valley, and shelter from the harsh winds that are usual to the area. The sandstone and tuff mountains are full of erosion formations, stacks, caves of various sizes, and beautiful waterfalls in many small ravines and canyons. Þakgil is a popular site for photographers because of the amazing contrast between the moss and the black or brown sandstone.

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Accessibility

From the main road, there is a rough 15 km long gravel road to the campsite and main Þakgil area. There are several interesting viewpoints on the way with small offshoots. Several hiking trails can be found in Þakgil itself but you would have to carry the equipment from basecamp.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Bad phone coverage
Poor phone coverage with frequent interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

There are many hotels and lodgings options within 50 kilometres from this location. The nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 151 kilometres away. The village of Vík is 21 km away, there you can find shops and other services.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
Þakgil lies within KATLA GEOPARK
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

At the base of the canyon lies a large camping area that has basic facilities and could be used as basecamp. From there, you must carry equipment to the locations within the canyon or up to various hills for panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Phone coverage is bad at this location.

Risk factors

There are several hiking trails of various difficulty in this area. This is also close to Mt Katla, one of Icelands most dangerous volcanoes. There is danger of earthquakes, accompanied by falling rocks.

Visitors

The area is a high tourist attraction and a popular campsite for locals. The hiking trails are popular and vary in length. People tend to stay at this location for more than a day.

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