Alpine Climbing

The Best Alpine Climbing Trails in IS.03 (Iceland)

16 trails

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Photo of Búrfell í Grafningi Photo of Innsta-Jarlhetta Photo of Stóra-Björnsfell
  • Búrfell í Grafningi

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Búrfell, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.26mi
    Elevation +
    1601f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo ofBúrfell í Grafningi

    Shaped like its many namesakes, broad and square-shouldered, Búrfell dosn't betray its volcanic origin until you reach the top and are confronted by not only a crater - but a crater lake to boot! An easy and rewarding hi...

  • Bjarnarfell

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Geysir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    4.05mi
    Elevation +
    2021f
    TrailRank
    29

    Located in the immediate vicinity of the Geysir geothermal area and not far from the waterfall Gullfoss, Bjarnarfell offers a fantastic view over the surrounding landscape - including landmarks such as Hekla and Vestmann...

  • Ármannsfell

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    7.41mi
    Elevation +
    1834f
    TrailRank
    27

    Located just north of Þingvellir, Ármannsfell offers views of that region as well as the Kaldidalur area and the glaciers north of there. If you can arrange transportation doing the hike this way is ideal - otherwise you...

  • Búrfell í Þingvallasveit

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    7.98mi
    Elevation +
    2290f
    TrailRank
    27

    Iceland has dozens of mountains named "Búrfell" - some say it has something to do with the shape, they all tend to be squat and broad-shouldered. If you use this track then by all means use the return version - on the as...

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  • Hlöðufell

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Úþlíð, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.81mi
    Elevation +
    2365f
    TrailRank
    26| Rating 5.0

    Hlöðufell is the name of a beautiful mountain not far from Reykjavik (although that doesn't mean access is easy - 4x4s only and only after mid-June at the earliest). There is only one feasible route up the scree slope - ...

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  • Innsta-Jarlhetta

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    7.67mi
    Elevation +
    1995f
    TrailRank
    26
    Photo ofInnsta-Jarlhetta

    OK, so Innsta-Jarlhetta doesn't feature in the Book (its cousin Stóra-Jarlhetta does) but this is a beautiful mountain which I have long dreamt of climbing. We tried last spring (on skis from Bláfellsháls) but found the ...

  • Syðsta-Súla

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Þingvellir, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    8.98mi
    Elevation +
    3694f
    TrailRank
    26

    While the traditional ascent is along the ridgeline, our guide felt that in view of the snow still lying on the mountain and lack of equipment it would be safer to hook around the mountain and approach it up the valley t...

  • Geitafell

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Hjalli, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    6.30mi
    Elevation +
    1181f
    TrailRank
    26

    Located fairly close to Reykjavik, Geitafell offers an opportunity for an evening walk, the total distance being about 10 klicks. The mountain isn't really high enought to oiffer spectaclar views but you do get an overvi...

  • Bláfell

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    5.76mi
    Elevation +
    2867f
    TrailRank
    25

    Bláfell is a large lump of rock located just east of the Kjölur route across the Icelandic highlands. The view from the summit must be spectacular - regrettably there was no visibity when I was there in late October 2005...

  • Stóra-Björnsfell

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Úþlíð, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.73mi
    Elevation +
    1985f
    TrailRank
    24
    Photo ofStóra-Björnsfell

    As is so often the case in Iceland the trick isn't the hike itself - it's getting to where the hike starts. This mountain can only be approached by 4x4 or a mountain bus. Although it doesn't much look like one, it's a vo...

  • Hrútfell

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Tungufell, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    11.14mi
    Elevation +
    3091f
    TrailRank
    23

    Hrútfell is a beautiful glacier-capped mountain to the west of the Kjalvegur road. The ascent is surprisingly easy, if you have a 4x4 it is quite possible to make this a daytrip from Reykjavík in summer.

  • Hagafjall

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Stórinúpur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    4.81mi
    Elevation +
    1647f
    TrailRank
    22

    Hagafjall is the name of a smallish mountain nestling on the banks of Iceland's largest river, Þjórsá. Although it's pretty far from Reykjavík we managed to do this hike in December (4 hours of daylight!) of 2005, it is ...

  • Klakkur

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    17.66mi
    Elevation +
    2694f
    TrailRank
    22

    On August 13th 2006, I led a tour group to one of my favourite little peaks, Klakkur. Since transportation was by bus we had to stick to the "easy" 4x4 track rather than approach the peak more closely - this resulted in ...

  • Hrafnabjörg

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Laugarvatn, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    3.58mi
    Elevation +
    1063f
    TrailRank
    20

    Volcanic in origin, Hrafnabjörg mountain is located NE of the old parliament site at Þingvellir. Although the mountain looks pretty rugged from the western side it is in fact very easily ascended from the other side. For...

  • Stóra-Jarlhetta

    Alpine Climbing
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    near Haukadalur, IS.03 (Ísland)
    Distance
    6.05mi
    Elevation +
    2129f
    TrailRank
    20

    Although often referred to as "Tröllhetta", the proper name of this mountain is Stóra-Jarlhetta (or so say the locals). An easy and rewarding hike - especially if the weather is good. For some pictures click on the title...

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