The Jökulsá á Dal River in northeastern Iceland collects water from Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in the country, and flows through it. In the middle of the river is the Stuðlagil Canyon, which is surrounded on both sides by columnar jointed rock walls. Basalt columnar joints formed by the cooling and solidification of lava can be seen throughout the country, but the 20- to 30-meter-high columnar joints that rise on both sides of the gorge are a sight to behold. Because of its splendor, it is one of the most scenic spots in Eastern Iceland.
East Fjords of Iceland
The eastern coast of Iceland is formed by intricate fjords. The interior is a mountainous region that has long since ceased to be volcanically active, and the beautiful ridges of the mountains are a characteristic feature of the region. Far from Reykjavik, the town of Egilsstaðir is a good base from which to explore the fjord's small villages, mountains, waterfalls, lakes and other natural wonders.