About 50 km east of Húsavík is Ásbyrgi Canyon, part of the Vatnajökull National Park. This horseshoe-shaped canyon is some around 3.5 km in length and more than 1 km wide. According to Icelandic mythology, the canyon was formed by the hoof print of Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, That’s why, according to legend, the canyon is shaped like a horseshoe.

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