Analysing terrain data
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The exposure grade describes the potential consequences of falling or slipping off the path.
Low Exposure: The path is on completely flat land and potential injury is limited to falling over.
Medium Exposure: The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.
High Exposure: Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.
Extreme Exposure: Some trail sections are extremely exposed where falling will almost certainly result in serious injury or death.
The glacial river of the Fljotsdalur valley has many waterfalls of different sizes and shapes, stretching from farms by the edge of the highlands up to the Ramsar protected wetlands of Eyjabakkar.
It takes you about 6 hours to walk this route by the river which in many places runs through a deep canyon.
The Wilderness Center is a good starting point and on the way is a natural birch forest, an ideal resting place.
You can expect to see reindeer or maybe an arctic fox.
When you reach the plateau it is ideal to drop by the highland hostel at Laugarfell and relax in the natural hot springs.
You can also start at Laugarfell and work your way downhill towards the Wilderness Center.
The choice is yours.