The magnificent mountain Dyrfjöll stands between Fjotsdalsherad and Borgarfjordur Eystri. It is famous for the huge gap or door in the middle of the mountain. The mountain is 1136 meters high. The summit can be reached in about 3,5-5 hours hike. The view from the top is extraordinary and won't let anyone down! Below Dyrfjöll lies Stórurð, one of East Iceland's best hidden gem.
The region is known for the stories of elves and they say that the elf queen of Iceland resides there. Her name is Borghildur and lives in Álfaborgir (Elfe city) in Borgarfjordur Eystri, really close by Dyrfjoll.
Dyrfjoll mountain is a volcano. It is a typical central volcano with at least two major silicic phases, accompanied with explosive volcanic activity of a degree unusual for Iceland, producing collapse calderas and large volumes of ignimbrites that shine brightly in the field.
One of East Iceland's most illustrious spots is the Stórurð ("The Giant Boulders"), located to the east of the road leading to Borgarfjörður eystri. Stórurð lies below the small glacier west of Dyrfjöll mountains. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, charming meadows and attractive ponds. This wonderful scene can be reached in 2.5 hours on foot from Vatnsskarð pass. To enjoy Dyrfjöll and Stórurð a whole day plan is highly recommended.