Hiking day tour to the top of Mt. Hekla, one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland
Trip Difficulty 3 out of 5 possible. Moderate.
Mt. Hekla is undeniably Iceland’s most famous mountain. It is the second most active volcano in Iceland and has erupted frequently in historic times. Last eruption occurred in February 2000. The mountain towers over South Iceland at roughly 1500 meters. The height changes due to movements of the earth crusts and seismic movements. For hundreds of years the mountain was believed to be the gateway to hell and no one dared climbing it. Until, Eggert Ólafsson, a famous Icelandic biologist, decided to throw caution to the wind and succeeded in summiting the mountain in the summer of 1750.
Since then hiking to the top of Mt. Hekla has become a popular route. The terrain is rough lava fields and then ice and snow as we get closer to the peak. It usually takes 3-4 hours to get to the top and there you´ll get your reward. The view from the top of Mt. Hekla is wide and beautiful; you can see all of Fjallabak mountains, up to Vatnajökull glacier (Europe’s biggest glacier) not to mention all the evidence of recent and longstanding volcanic activity.
Wednesdays from the 10th of June to the 1st of September, at 8:00-8:30 from Reykjavík, for minimum of 2 persons. Other days with minimum of 4 persons,
Included: pick-up from Reykjavík and glacier gear (if needed).
Distance from Reykjavik: ~160 km.
Duration of hike: 7-8 hours.
Total length of trip: 12-13 hours.
Available: From the 10th of June to the 1st of September (depending on weather).
Minimum: 2 persons. Maximum: 60 persons.
Age limit: 16 years.
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Lunch and drinks. Good hiking boots are a vital!!!
If you need we rent out hiking boots for 1.000 ISK for the pair.
Trip starts at approx. 08:00am if leaving from Reykjavik, 10:00am from the base of the mountain.
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel trips due to weather or other factors out side our control.
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