Alpine Climbing

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Photo of Nónhorn Photo of Hafursfell 2012-09-22 18:05:11 Photo of Snæfellsjökull traverse
  • Nónhorn

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Bíldudalur, Vestur-Bardastrandarsysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    5.97mi
    Elevation +
    2113f
    TrailRank
    62| Rating 4.67
    Photo of Nónhorn Photo of Nónhorn Photo of Nónhorn

    Towering over the farm of Hvesta (where my cousin Jón is the first "hydroelectric farmer" in Iceland :-) Nónhorn affords a spectacular view. Towards the north the highest peak in the Westfjords, Kaldbakur, dominates the ...

    Thank you! It was a great hike! Be aware there are bulls in the area.
    eortner
    We only used this trail as orientation for the way from the summit of Nonhorn down to Hvesturdalur. We started at the mo...
    TrekkingBaer
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  • Hafursfell 2012-09-22 18:05:11

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Rauðamelur, Vesturland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    9.91mi
    Elevation +
    2884f
    TrailRank
    45
    Photo of Hafursfell 2012-09-22 18:05:11 Photo of Hafursfell 2012-09-22 18:05:11 Photo of Hafursfell 2012-09-22 18:05:11

    Great hike at Hafursfell and suprising view and walking after narrow trail. Wold be ranked as Moderate if you skip peak 2 (Stillur).

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  • Snæfellsjökull traverse

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Ólafsvík, Vesturland (Ísland)
    Distance
    6.99mi
    Elevation +
    4751f
    TrailRank
    45| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Snæfellsjökull traverse Photo of Snæfellsjökull traverse Photo of Snæfellsjökull traverse

    I've wanted to do this for a long time - and then I went ahead and did it :-) We had been having a heat wave for days, the temperature hovered around 20°C and there was no wind. Luckily I had plenty of liquids because...

    Hey! Thank you so much for sharing this track. Could you please tell us the current state of the road? Is it feasible wi...
    elius94
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  • Móskarðahnjúkar

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Álafoss, Kjosarsysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    5.04mi
    Elevation +
    2910f
    TrailRank
    43| Rating 5.0

    The easternmost part of the Esja massif is made up of a series of rhyolite cones known as Móskarðahnjúkar. Because of the light-coloured rocks it always seems from Reykjavik that the sun is shining on these summits - not...

    Frábær leið
    hagalin
    Takk fyrirr trailið og greinagóða lýsingu.
    essemm
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  • Herðubreið AUG-07-09

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Skútustaðir, Norðurland Eystra (Ísland)
    Distance
    10.00mi
    Elevation +
    3274f
    TrailRank
    43
    Photo of Herðubreið AUG-07-09 Photo of Herðubreið AUG-07-09 Photo of Herðubreið AUG-07-09

    Hiking the most butiful moutain Herðubreið 1682m elected as the moutain of Iceland 2002. First climbed first 1908. This is a steep hike up, in loose rocks and only for experient hikers and with protection hat. About 6-7...

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  • Magni Fimmvörðuháls 2012-10-18 18:34:27

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Skógar, Suðurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    9.23mi
    Elevation +
    3025f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo of Magni Fimmvörðuháls 2012-10-18 18:34:27 Photo of Magni Fimmvörðuháls 2012-10-18 18:34:27 Photo of Magni Fimmvörðuháls 2012-10-18 18:34:27

    Fantastic route to the new volcanos mountains Magni and Móði at Fimmvörðuháls made after erruption in Eyjafjallajökull in March 2010. Hiking from Þórsmörk "Thorsmork" 8 km up to 1040 meters.

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  • Snæfellsjökull 14.11.2010

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Stapi, Vesturland (Ísland)
    Distance
    9.14mi
    Elevation +
    3383f
    TrailRank
    41
    Photo of Snæfellsjökull 14.11.2010 Photo of Snæfellsjökull 14.11.2010 Photo of Snæfellsjökull 14.11.2010

    Started off from Reykjavik at 6 am and got to Snæfellsjökull Glacier about half eight just before sunrise. It was a bit clowdy in the beginning but as we approaced the summit the sky cleared and the view was outstanding,...

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  • Vestmannaeyjar 2013-03-02 17:24:15

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Vestmannaeyjar, Suðurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    10.63mi
    Elevation +
    3724f
    TrailRank
    40| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Vestmannaeyjar 2013-03-02 17:24:15

    Lovely day in volcano island Vesmannaeyjar. Mild weather and good veiw all over. Rated Very difficult at some places like Heimaklettur and Blátindur.

    Did it partially today starting at the camp site. I couldn’t finish the second part with the volcanoes but I have to say...
    Jordi
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  • Ingólfsfjall Alviðra 2012-07-20

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Vaðlækir, Suðurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    3.39mi
    Elevation +
    1650f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Ingólfsfjall Alviðra 2012-07-20 Photo of Ingólfsfjall Alviðra 2012-07-20 Photo of Ingólfsfjall Alviðra 2012-07-20

    Best track up on highest point at Ingolfsfjall. Parking at Alviðra old fram now in public care. Up suprising and steep well marked trail. Chains at top for supporting and can be handy in the fall and winter when some ice...

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  • Sveinstindur, Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Jökulsárlón, Austurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    16.12mi
    Elevation +
    7031f
    TrailRank
    40
    Photo of Sveinstindur, Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland Photo of Sveinstindur, Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland Photo of Sveinstindur, Vatnajokull glacier, Iceland

    Hiking to Iceland's second highest peak, 2.044 m high. starting at 25 m elevation and going through an moderate terrain, no technically difficult obstacles on the way. Just pounding with the legs. A beautiful sunny and ...

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  • Arnarfell hið mikla

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Ábær, Norðurland Vestra (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    15.15mi
    Elevation +
    2182f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Arnarfell hið mikla Photo of Arnarfell hið mikla Photo of Arnarfell hið mikla

    I had heard that in autumn you could ford the Þjórsá river and get to Arnarfell from the East. This turned out to be the case, though a crotch-deep, 50+ metre wide glacial torrent isn't exactly inviting in temperatures b...

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  • Baula Peak (winter), West Iceland (17-03-2018)

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Reykholt, Vesturland (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    6.56mi
    Elevation +
    2913f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Baula Peak (winter), West Iceland (17-03-2018) Photo of Baula Peak (winter), West Iceland (17-03-2018) Photo of Baula Peak (winter), West Iceland (17-03-2018)

    With its iconic pyramidal shape, Baula is one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland. I climbed the peak in March, at the end of the winter. I parked the car by the road in the signed parking area. I first walked nor...

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  • Hvannadalshnjúkur 08.05.2011

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Sandfell, Austurland (Ísland)
    Distance
    15.57mi
    Elevation +
    7461f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Hvannadalshnjúkur 08.05.2011 Photo of Hvannadalshnjúkur 08.05.2011 Photo of Hvannadalshnjúkur 08.05.2011

    We were a group of 22 from travelling party GoWest that did Mt. Hvannadalshnjúkur (2110 m.a.s.) on the morning of May 8th. Started hiking at 3:30 am. It was fog and temperature around 5-8°C. At appr. 600m ascending we ca...

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  • near Þingeyri, Vestfirðir (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    10.15mi
    Elevation +
    3064f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Westfjords, Thingeyri: Kaldbakur í gegnum Meðaldalur Photo of Westfjords, Thingeyri: Kaldbakur í gegnum Meðaldalur Photo of Westfjords, Thingeyri: Kaldbakur í gegnum Meðaldalur

    Hike up to Kaldbakur through Meðaldalur Difficult for flatvalley hikers Moderate for experienced mountain hikers Start where the old field track meets the road on the eastern side of the valley. Walk 30 min on the tra...

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  • Krafla

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Reykjahlíð, Sudur-Tingeyjarsysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.85mi
    Elevation +
    1083f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Krafla Photo of Krafla Photo of Krafla

    Nice and easy walk on Krafla. There was much mud on the way and my shoes became very heavy. The hike starts at lake Víti - a popular tourist attraction.

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  • Hrútsfjallstindar 14. maí 2011

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Svínafell, Austurland (Ísland)
    Distance
    14.12mi
    Elevation +
    6348f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Hrútsfjallstindar 14. maí 2011 Photo of Hrútsfjallstindar 14. maí 2011 Photo of Hrútsfjallstindar 14. maí 2011

    In as clear sky as I and my friends had in this amazing trip I guess this is the most beautiful mountain view you can get in the whole world ... it seems like you are basically placed on the top of the world. Our guides ...

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  • Trölladyngja (Ódáðahrauni)

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Lundarbrekka, Sudur-Tingeyjarsysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    14.87mi
    Elevation +
    2267f
    TrailRank
    38
    Photo of Trölladyngja (Ódáðahrauni) Photo of Trölladyngja (Ódáðahrauni) Photo of Trölladyngja (Ódáðahrauni)

    This hike is only moderately difficult but fairly long and mostly without access to water. Note that it starts and ends at a very difficult mountain track only passable by 4x4s. The GPS track is too long for most units -...

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  • Kerling 23.09.2010

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Grund, Norðurland Eystra (Ísland)
    Distance
    8.70mi
    Elevation +
    5397f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Kerling 23.09.2010 Photo of Kerling 23.09.2010 Photo of Kerling 23.09.2010

    Went up Mt. Kerling in Eyjafjordur in an excellent weather with an old schoolmate, Unni. We planned to do the last climbing on the right (east) side to the top, but I had to turn back due to cramps during climbing the cl...

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  • Víðidalsfjall - Hrossakambur 23.04.2011

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Lækjamót, Norðurland Vestra (Ísland)
    Distance
    11.44mi
    Elevation +
    3104f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Víðidalsfjall - Hrossakambur 23.04.2011 Photo of Víðidalsfjall - Hrossakambur 23.04.2011 Photo of Víðidalsfjall - Hrossakambur 23.04.2011

    Pretty long route, but not difficult. However crampoons necessary this time of year. Great view over the Hunavatnssysla area, and towards the highland of Iceland as well (Arnarvatnsheiði) View from Holtavörðuheiði and to...

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  • Tröllakirkja (í Kolbeinsstaðafjalli)

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Kolbeinsstaðir, Snafellsnes- og Hnappadalssysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    4.55mi
    Elevation +
    2530f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Tröllakirkja (í Kolbeinsstaðafjalli) Photo of Tröllakirkja (í Kolbeinsstaðafjalli) Photo of Tröllakirkja (í Kolbeinsstaðafjalli)

    Of the many peaks named Tröllakirkja ("Trolls' Church") this one best deserves the name! From the road it looks difficult but in fact it's a surprisingly easy scramble - you just have to pick a good line. There are a cou...

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  • Vindbelgjarfjall

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Skútustaðir, Sudur-Tingeyjarsysla (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.20mi
    Elevation +
    856f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Vindbelgjarfjall Photo of Vindbelgjarfjall Photo of Vindbelgjarfjall

    Vindbelgjarfjall is a cute litle mountain near Mývatn. It offers excellent view of the lake. There is a good hiking path to the top.

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  • Hátindur 2012-08-13 22:10:06

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Álafoss, Höfuðborgarsvæði (Lýðveldið Ísland)
    Distance
    5.53mi
    Elevation +
    2884f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Hátindur 2012-08-13 22:10:06 Photo of Hátindur 2012-08-13 22:10:06 Photo of Hátindur 2012-08-13 22:10:06

    Hiking circle on Esja second higest peak "Hatindur" 909 m high. In many years thought to be the highest. The middle of Esja is few meters higer but not accutally Peak like this one. Seems to be impossible cliffs but is ...

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  • Hólamannahnjúkur 31. May 2010

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Bakki, Norðurland Eystra (Ísland)
    Distance
    16.41mi
    Elevation +
    3638f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Hólamannahnjúkur 31. May 2010 Photo of Hólamannahnjúkur 31. May 2010 Photo of Hólamannahnjúkur 31. May 2010

    This is the trail to the mountain Hólamannahnjúkur which is located at the north of Iceland in the area called "tröllaskagan". The mountain is described in the book "Á fjallatindum". We did this hike 31. of May 2010 in a...

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