Day 4, July 28th – Herðubreið

The meeting of two expeditions! Jöri took the short and risky road, while we took the long, scenic and troublesome road.

Herðubreið is a tuya in northeast Iceland. It is situated in the Highlands of Iceland in the midst of the Ódáðahraun desert and close to Askja volcano. The desert is a large lava field originating from eruptions of Trölladyngja. Herðubreið originally sat beneath Vatnajökull glacier, which was much larger during the last ice age. Due to the mountain's steep and unstable sides, the first ascent was in 1908 despite centuries of knowledge of its existence.

Herðubreið (1,682 m high) can be seen far away and once you have been there you fully understand its attraction, and why so many painters have used it as a motive.

Near the mountain lies an oasis called Herðubreiðarlindir with a campground and hiking trails. In former times, outcasts, who had been excluded from Icelandic society because of the crimes they had committed, lived at the oasis.