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Herdubreid (Iceland)

Practical information on Herdubreid

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Off the beaten track
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
By car from Myvatn, with 50 km of road and then 50 km of track
When to go
In July and August
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Herdubreid

Emmanuelle Bluman Seasoned Traveller
157 written opinions

A majestic mountain, for a climb off the beaten track.

My suggestion:
Snap away at it with your camera - only the brave will attempt to climb it!
My review

In the Myvatn region, the extinct Herdubreid volcano rises majestically above the desert plain that surrounds it as far as the eye can see. With a height of 1682 metres, its squat, massive shape is easily recognisable and stands out from the flat landscape of the surrounding area. When winter approaches, its summit is the first in the region to take on a mantle of snow. 

Even though it is possible to climb Herdubreid, I must say that at each of my visits I have been content to admire it from a distance and to photograph it from different angles, waiting for an opportunity to climb it.

It must be said that the climb up the "Queen of the Mountains" is not so easy: it is only accessible between July and August and its scree slopes often give walkers a hard time. I've heard it said by Icelandic friends that the view is magnificent and well worth the effort. I promise, the next time around, it'll be me at the top!

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