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The area which includes Núpsstađur, reaches from the seashore and the black sands, to high white glaciers and includes a green vegetation belt with a native birch forest, willow scrubs. The area is adjacent to Skaftafell National Park and has numerous interesting geological formations, among them are waterfalls, canyons, various types of lava, rock-glaciers, gullies, geothermal areas, a central volcano, a glacial lagoon and rivers and part of the Vatnajökull glacier. The farm, Núpsstađur, is situated, south of the huge mass of the Vatnajökull glacier. At Núpsstađur stands a turf and stone farmhouse built in the 18th century and was home to Hannes Jónsson (1880-1968), a farmer and post courier who for 50 years guided travellers across the sands. It is a typical middle-sized farm, like those found throughout the 19th century in the southern parts of Iceland. There is also a church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, built at Núpsstađur, at least sometime before 1200 AD. The farmstead of Núpsstađur forms an unusually well-preserved cultural landscape, offering many informations about the lifestyle of the area before modern changes.
Just east of the farm is a 600 m high mountain, called Lómagnúpur. According to the ancient mythology, it is occupied by one of the four main protective spirits of the country, the giant with the iron stick, called Jámgrimur.

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