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  Mt. Lómagnúpur in summer time.
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  • Mt. Lómagnúpur in summer time. - Iceland
      Mt. Lómagnúpur in summer time.
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  • Lómagnúpur in 2010. - Iceland
      Lómagnúpur in 2010.
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  • Mt. Lómagnúpur - so majestic. - Iceland
      Mt. Lómagnúpur - so majestic.
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  • Mt. Lómagnúpur in winter time. - Iceland
      Mt. Lómagnúpur in winter time.
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Lómagnúpur mountain is a big mountain, which stands 688 meters above sea-level, almost like an omen west of Skeiðarársandur. It is the south end of the mountain called Björninn "The Bear".

In 1780 a big chunk of the mountain fell off and you can see the rocks on the sand nearby. It is in between Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Skaftafell before you start on the long drive of Skeiðarársandur.

The Saga of Njáll speaks of a dream chieftain Flosi Þorgeirsson had. He dreamt that he was by Mt. Lómagnúpur. The mountain opened up and a giant stepped out of the mountain, holding a large iron rod. The giant called out the names of Flosi's men. First he called out the name of Grímur the Red, a kinsman of Flosi, and Árni Kolsson. Then he called out the names of Eyjólfur Bölverksson and Ljótur, the son of Hallur at Síða, and another 6 men. The giant then kept silent for a while. He then called out the names of 5 of Flosi's men, which were the sons of Sigfús. He then called out another 5 names, Lambi, Móðólfur and Glúmur. And he called the names of another 3 men. Last of the names were Gunnar Lambason and Kolur Þorsteinsson. The giant then walked towards Flosi and Flosi asked him what was new and what was his name. The giant told Flosi that his name were Járngrímur. Flosi analysed the dream and believed that all these men, whose names were called out by the giant, were going to be killed.

It is possible to hike up on Mt. Lómagnúpur and it is said easier than it looks. I must confess that I am find the mountain too forbidding to hike on it ;)

Here the main road in Iceland used to end and there was no ring-road until 1974. So this was the final stop and then we just had to return back from where we came. Behind this mountain are vast volcanic sands with glacial rivers which change their course frequently in glacial floods. The rivers were bridged in 1974, but they are always at risk during glacial floods.

Address: Lómagnúpur by Skeiðarársandur, South-Iceland
Directions: On ring-road 1 between Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Skaftafell national park in South-Iceland.

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2016
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Comments (4)

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2016 at 5:23 AM

    Really wonderful!

  • briantravelman's Profile Photo
    Dec 12, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Cool formation

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Dec 12, 2015 at 3:41 PM

      Yes, very majestic. It is kind of a scary mountain to me, as here the road in South-Iceland ended and there was no ring-road around the country until 1974. Behind it are vast volcanic sands with glacial rivers which change their course frequently in glacial floods.

    • briantravelman's Profile Photo
      Dec 12, 2015 at 4:14 PM

      Interesting

  • davidjo's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Well, it certainly does not look easy but this is the type of activity I enjoy doing.

    • Regina1965's Profile Photo
      Nov 24, 2015 at 12:56 AM

      I have heard that it is easier to hike on this mountain on the other side. This mountain has always kind of scared me, but I am so drawn to it at the same time!

  • Oleg_D.'s Profile Photo
    Sep 8, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    I have no words, only emotions (positive)!

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