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East Iceland: Hearts, Arts, Eats, And East Heat


We stare into the canyon. The glacial river Jökulsá á Brú roars by Stuðlagil, one of Iceland’s largest collections of basalt columns. A dizzying slope, interwoven with precarious foot trails and rope handholds, invites us for a closer view of the river and basalt. The cold August rain has temporarily abated, giving us slippery access to the trails.

On either side of the canyon, two paths lead to Stuðlagil. We’ve taken the highlands road side, stopping at a busy car-park for a glimpse of the unusual geology. Tourists from Greece, France and Canada utter exclamations of wonder over…



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