01-Aug-2018 -- This is the 5th out of 6 reports reaching confluence points in Iceland during a one-week bicycle trip. The story starts at 64°N 22°W and continues from 64°N 19°W.
I didn’t plan to visit this confluence point with its 17 km distance from a road. Hiking 34 km through wild terrain could have taken a couple of days. But a closer look at the satellite image showed that there is a kind of track up to a distance of 2 km. With this knowledge, I decided to make an attempt.
The track was not too bad such that I was able to ride my bicycle on it. Only for about one kilometre big rocks on the track prevented me from cycling. Rain, wind and a steady inclination of the terrain took a lot of time and energy. But after two hours of cycling, I reached the end of the track: The Milkafelli Hut. A Sign Post informed that Lieutenant Jay Edward Hoffman had crashed his plane here back in 1942. Next to the signpost the engine of that plane is displayed.
I parked my bicycle at the hut and began the hike to the confluence point. There is a very rough track that leads directly to the confluence. It was too rough for cycling but was an excellent hiking path. I found the confluence point at the edge of a 5 m deep ditch with a ground cover of moss. The Milkafelli, part of the Vatnajökull Glacier (the biggest in glacier in Europe) is just 10 km from the confluence. Not long time ago, the confluence must have been under an ice cover.
After the visit, I spent the night 2 km from the confluence in the Milkafelli hut. It was a great experience spending a lonely night in such a remote location.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance of bicycle parking: 2000 m
- Time to walk to the CP: 25 min
- Time at the CP: 5:18 PM
- Measured height: 471 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 0 m
- Position accuracy: 2 m
- Topography: hilly
- Vegetation: moss.
- Weather: partly cloudy, 18° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Lonely Hut Confluence
The story finishes at 64°N 17°W.