Hljoðaklettar Rock Formations

Hljoðaklettar (Pronounced Khlee-oth-ak-lett-ar) could be translated loosely as the ´Whispering Rock´. It´s the most famous in a series of amorphous basalt rock formations along the Jökulsa Canyon floor, noted for its large pitted indentation with unique acoustic qualities.


The Jökulsa Canyon is often hailed as one of the most beautiful hiking areas in Iceland. This huge, hulky mass with its craggy honeycombed surface is a definite highlight – but this stop on the canyon route offers access to several other geological anomalies, which all together form a much overlooked highlight of the North. A little further past Hljoðaklettar you can find Rauðhollar, a striking, vivid red and volcanic black hillside. Or on the opposite side, walking south, you can see a series of unusual features, including a couple of petrified trolls, named Karl and Kerling (Man and Woman).


There is a small tourist information office, car park and campsite in this area of the national park. The campsite next to Hljöðaklettar is called Vesturdalur and is open June 7 – September 15.

Take the northern road from Húsavík, following it around the coast towards Ásbyrgi /Kopasker. Before you reach Ásbyrgi itself, there is a right hand turn, on the road 862.
Also accessible from the south, the 862 has a section of tarmacked road until Dettifoss, but the approach to Hljoðaklettar is a gravel track on either side. Though it should be absolutely fine for a 2WD rental car (with suitable insurance), it can sometimes be partly blocked off due to snow or ice in spring or autumn. So always check on Vegagerdin on the day of your travel.
View route map from Húsavík

Tel: 00354 470 7100

Jökulsa Canyon map with marked trails
Camping in Vesturdalur

Dettifoss Waterfall
Ásbyrgi Canyon
Kópasker Earthquake Centre
The Arctic Henge
Rauðanes Point
Tungulending Harbour