Jökulsá á Brú

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Jökulsá á Brú
Jökulsá á Dal, Jökla
Construction of a bridge over the Jökulsá á Brú near Kárahnjúkar

Construction of a bridge over the Jökulsá á Brú near Kárahnjúkar

location Iceland
River system Jökulsá á Brú
source Brúarjokull
muzzle Héraðsflói coordinates: 65 ° 39 ′ 16 ″  N , 14 ° 18 ′ 44 ″  W 65 ° 39 ′ 16 ″  N , 14 ° 18 ′ 44 ″  W.
Mouth height m

length 150 km
Catchment area 3700 km²
Right tributaries Lagarfljót
Reservoirs flowed through Hálslón reservoir

The Jökulsá á Brú (also called Jökulsá á Dal or Jökla ) is a river in northeast Iceland .

From its original length of 150 km (making it the longest river in the Austurland region ), 25 km are completely dammed in the Hálslón reservoir of the Kárahnjúkar power plant . This reduced its water volume from 205 m³ / s to 95 m³ / s, which is now only formed from the tributaries below the dam. Originally, it was the “dirtiest river in Iceland” and transported around 120 t of rock in one hour towards the North Atlantic. The dammed water is diverted into the Lagarfljót .

Because of the high current, the river is nowhere to be led. Sometimes it squeezes through gorges so narrow that you can supposedly jump over them. The first bridge ( Brú ) from 1625 is documented. The current bridge of the ring road Hringvegur over the Jökulsá á Brú was built in 1994 when the road to Egilsstaðir was being expanded. The previous bridge is a little further downstream at the Brúarás school.

Halldór Laxness let his protagonist Bjartur ride a reindeer through this river in his novel His Own Master .

Web links

Commons : Jökulsá á Brú  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b Jökulsá á Brú ( Icelandic ) Nordic Adventure Travel. Retrieved September 8, 2014.
  2. Sabine Barth: Island (=  DuMont travel paperbacks . Volume 2064 ). DuMont, Cologne 1993, ISBN 3-7701-2818-4 , p. 168 .