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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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