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Address: Kaldarsel, Stykkisholmur, Iceland

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Sacred mountain

This is a small mountain in the Snaefellsnes peninsula which can be driven up to its base easily. There is a local folklore of it being a sacred place with ruins of an old chapel... read more

Reviewed 4 March 2017
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DELHI
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DELHI
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81 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

This is a small mountain in the Snaefellsnes peninsula which can be driven up to its base easily. There is a local folklore of it being a sacred place with ruins of an old chapel at the top. Travelers can check out the local stories before visiting this place as there are some beliefs attached to the mountain. Once at... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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139 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

Well worth the stop on a clear day. The views from the top of the hill are beautiful in every direction, across the fjord and inland beyond a charming church to the gorgeous mountains in the distance. A viewing disc at the top makes it easy to identify all the features in the landscape and to accurately face East when... More 

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Reykjavik, Iceland
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26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2016

Nice place to stop before Stykkisholmur. Dont forget to put some money in the collection box. You stop car and walk to the grave of Guðrún. From there you walk to the top. You have to have good thoughts in your mind . On the top walk to pile of stones, look east and make your three wishes. The view... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

An fairly easy 5-10 minute walk sees you at the top of Helgafell which on a clear day has stunning views for miles. Steeped in history it's worth reading up about before you go. If you're heading to Stykkishólmur it's worth the detour.

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Los Angeles, California
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208 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Beautiful location, but our group was hiking it in the wind and rain. I turned around and went back down. That wind will take your confidence away! Loved the location however, and got some great photos.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Quick little hike with great scenery and views. Worth a 30 min stop. Fairly easy hike for families or individuals

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 September 2016 via mobile

A short hike up the mountain. Follow the ruins up the mountain and you will reach the top in a short while. However, be careful during wet weather as the ground could be soft and slippery. The area is scenic with the church. There is a WC on site too. Do read up on the "to-do" and make your wishes... More 

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Everett, Washington
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33 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Try to stop here on your way to Stykkisholmur. It's a quick and relatively easy hike for anyone in decent shape. The views are the best you'll get, especially on a nice day

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Dublin, Ireland
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248 reviews
103 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Since I was there maybe two years ago, they seem to have blocked off the official route up the hill, which should, according to the myth, start at the grave of Guðrún Ósvífursdóttir beside the church. They were probably getting too many tourists prancing through the front of their home but I guess that's the way it is! Nevertheless, this... More 

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Georgia
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268 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

Its a fairly historical mountain (really just a large hill) with an easy hike to the top for great views of the surrounding valley and mountains. Really good way to spend an hour. Highly recommend.

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