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  • Bláhnúkur

    Bláhnúkur Bláhnúkur is the mountain closest to Landmannalaugar, 943 m high and of rhyolite. “It is thought that the mountain formed from eruptions under the glacier. It is made up of a lot of black columnar basalt with green and gray obsidian.” Bláhnúkur is the most popular mountain to climb in Landmannalaugar.  The side is steep but a well-trodden and clear path ascends to the top where ther...

  • Brennisteinsalda

    Brennisteinsalda Brennisteinsalda is an extremely colorful mountain rising 855 m in Landmannalaugar.  Brimstone forms the mass of the mountain, while the sides are green with moss, lava and ash add blue and black, and the red comes from the iron in the soil. A path for hikers, Laugavegurinn, passes by the mountain. In front of the mountain lies the obsidian lava field of Laugahraun, left by a...

  • Hekla

    Hekla Mt. Hekla is the Icelandic mountain best known to foreigners. It stands 1491 meters above the fields surrounding the Rangá River. It has been built up of volcanic eruptions and stretches from the southwest to the northeast. The eruption fissure runs for about 40 km, though in the eruption of 1947 the Hekla fissure itself was about 5 km in length.  Research on the ash layers has shown th...

  • Hrauneyjafell

    Hrauneyjafell Hrauneyjafell is a mountain that stands apart, behind the Highland Center at Hrauneyjar. A path about 3 km long goes from the Center up to the top of the mountain at 471 m above sea level. From the top the view is excellent.

  • Mælifell

    Mælifell Mælifell is in Mælifellssandur, bounded by Kaldaklofskvísl to the west, the Torfajökull Glacier area to the north, Mýrdals Glacier to the south and the Hólmsá River in the east. Njálssaga, one of the most important of the Icelandic sagas, recounts that Flosi and his companions rode over Gásasandur after setting fire to Njáll and his house. The name of Mælifell must have been used to...

  • The Mountain ridges on the Sprengisandur road

    The Mountain ridges on the Sprengisandur road The Sprengisandur road will take you by four striking mountain ridges, alda  in Icelandic: Þveralda (Thveralda), at 728 m in height, affords an excellent view, with Lake Þverölduvatn to the northeast. Next to the north is Hnöttóttaalda, rising to 785 m. From the Svartá River to the north there are several shallow fords over small rivers. The road...

  • Þóristindur

    Þóristindur   The peak of Þóristindur (Thóristindur) rises between the Highland Center at Hrauneyjar and Veiðivötn. A path has been marked off. It is short but rather strenuous, taking about 2 hours. From the road to Veiðivötn it is best to head to the pass between the highest peak and the next one to the east. The path goes over steep scree before turning to the highest point. It is best t...