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Hunkubakkar

Hunkubakkar offers accommodation with or without a private bathroom in five two-room chalets, each with a small veranda. They are all suitable for 2-3 people. Accommodation is also available in the farmhouse. Cooking facilities are available on request. The chalets are just a short distance from the restaurant, where guests can order breakfast and evening meals.
Meals are served in the conservatory, with seating for up to 30 guests, or in the dining room where there is space for a further 20 people. The restaurant is licensed to serve beers, wines and spirits.
Groups of up to 50 people are welcome, be it for a meal, for a party or for overnight accommodation.

The district around Hunkubakkar is well-known for its natural beauty and mild climate.
There are countless attractions for nature lovers with something new around every corner. Enticing footpaths criss-cross the countryside with spectacular views all around. Bird life is abundant close to the farm and further afield.

Hunkubakkar

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GPS Points N63° 46' 9.738" W18° 7' 49.015"
Fax

487-4881

Accommodation 17 Rooms / 40 Beds / 6 Houses
Opening period All year
Service Smoking not allowed Cottage rental Hotel / guesthouse Coffe shop Restaurant Fishing permits Cooking facilities Credit cards accepted Bar
Categories Farm Holidays , Cottages , Cafés

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Formation of the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

It is believed that Fjaðrárgljúfur formed at the end of the last Ice Age, about nine thousand years ago. When the glacier retreated, a lake formed in the valley behind a hard resistant rock. The run-off from the lake flowed to where Fjaðrárgljúfur is today. Glacial rivers from the glacier's edge carried a lot of sediment into the lake and the river which ran from it dug itself down into the rock and down onto the palagonite in front of it. Because the cascade has been so large, it was powerful in digging out the canyon. Eventually the lake filled with sediments and the river's strength dwindled. When the lake filled up completely, the river began to dig itself into the sediment layers which it had previously left in the valley. Fluvial terraces on both sides in the valley give an indication about the original height and location of the lake while a deep channel in the palagonite serves as a silent reminder to the power of nature.

More geosites in the neighbourhood: www.katlageopark.com

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