Iceland // Eastern and southeast Iceland //


KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR – a tongue-twisting name that even locals often abbreviate to “Klaustur” – is only a single street, Klausturvegur, which stretches 500m west from a highway roundabout. However, as it’s the sole settlement of any size in the 200km between Höfn and Vík, it’s almost inevitable that you’ll stop here. There’s little to see, however, and the village is best used as a base from which to launch an assault on nearby attractions. It sits at the foot of an escarpment on the Skaftá, whose circuitous path originates on the western side of Vatnajökull, and is flanked by lavafields from eruptions by Lakagígar in 1783, centred some 75km to the northwest.


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