Orkugangan is a 60 km long cross country ski race from Krafla
in the Mývatn area to the town of Húsavík by Skjálfandi bay.
Orkugangan is the longest ski race in Iceland and a point earning part of the Iceland race series Íslandsgangan. The trail is groomed and tracked.
The race derives its name from the abundant natural energy in this region. It runs through the active rift zone of Northeast Iceland where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are separating. The terrain along the trail is mostly untouched wilderness with volcanic landscape; mountain ranges, fissures, hot springs and vast open lava fields, some thousands of years old and others barely 30 years old, with variously shaped lava sculptures. Geothermal energy is abundant in the earth below and in some places its force is visible above the surface.
The view from the trail is incomparable, offering a changing variety of scenic delights as you make your way from Mount Leirhnjúkur in Krafla caldera, trekking across the recent lava, past Þeistareykir geothermal area and overlooking Skjálfandi bay and the mountains across it on your final descend to the coastal village of Húsavík.
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