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Mt. Hnefi

Above the so-called Melir area in Kjós (in the Reykjavik area) you can see a cliff, rising highest in a peak called Mt. Hnefi (Fist).  Mt. Hnefi is very convenient for hiking, with gentle slopes on the way to Mt. Lokufjall and to Hnefi. It has a great view of the mouth of Hvalfjörður, to […]

Prestastígur Trail

Prestastígur (Priests´ Path) is a route that´s been travelled for ages but the name itself isn´t very old. As the name indicates, priests used to travel this route although they were outnumbered by the fishermen who went this way to fish in Hafnir, Hvalsnes and elsewhere in Suðurnes. The people of Grindavík also used this […]

Ólafsskarðsvegur Route

This is one of the old main routes to Reykjavík and lies from Þorlákshöfn and the city. On the way you´ll see lava and the crater Leiti, the beautiful Jósepsdalur Valley, lush grounds and view of the southern coast. The description in the Wapp – Walking app includes stories of Jósep the blacksmith, Ólafur the […]

Stórhóll in Mt. Grímannsfell

Mt. Grímannsfell is the tallest mountain in Mosfellsbær District and pretty prominent in Mosfellsdalur although it suffers in comparison to the brightly coloured Mt. Móskarðshnúkar on the north side of the valley. This is a convenient way up to Stórhóll, the trail starts close to the Bringur ruins; this was a farm until the nineteen […]

Sjöundá (Seventh River)

Sjöundá is probably the most famous farm in Rauðisandur in later decades, although it has been deserted since 1921. The reason for this is a murder case from 1802 which the author Gunnar Gunnarsson wrote about in his novel Svartfugl, which was first published in 1938 in Denmark. The book was well received, is considered […]

Dalaleið Trail from Krýsuvík to Kaldársel

Many good hiking trails in the Wapp – Walking app are near the Reykjavik area like Dalaleið. This is the former route between Krýsuvík and Kaldársel and onwards to Hafnarfjörður. The trail may not have been exactly where the present one lies but nevertheless, you can see remains of the old trail in places. En route […]

Highland Farms in Jokuldalsheidi

The Wapp – Walking app has published a route between 7 ruins of highland farms and one that has been restored. It is far and difficult to walk in one day and therefore advisable to divide it in half. In one day you can take Veturhús, Víðirhólar, Háls, Hneflasel and even Heiðarsel. The other day […]

Mt. Kothraunskúla in Snæfellsnes peninsula

One of the Wapp trails in Snæfellsnes peninsula is on top of a small crater in Berserkjahraun lava.  Mt. Kothraunskúla is a spatter cone which erupted around 4000 years ago, one of four craters which Berserkjahraun lava flowed from. Although Mt. Kothraunskúla is not the highest mountain in the area, it has a beautiful view […]

Streitishvarf near Breiðdalsvík

Near Breiðdalsvik village in the East fjords is Streitishvarf, a hidden gem by the seaside. This short but beautiful walk in the Wapp-Walking app gives an insight into the geological history of the eastern fjords and shows how indestructible dykes and enclaves are. From the lighthouse south of Breiðdalur there is a wonderful view, the rolling […]

Valtýr´s Cave in Hjálpleysa

Hjálpleysa (Helplessness) is a valley between Vellir and Skriðdalur near to the town of Egilsstadir in the East of Iceland. A mountain road with the same name lies along the valley and up between Mt. Höttur and Mt. Sandfell. The road lies up the valley and past a small cave called Valtýr´s Cave, close to […]