Arnarfell Krýsuvík

Reykjanes Peninsula , Iceland
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In the middle of a vast lava field at the south entrance of Krýsuvík, Arnarfell stands alone. The mountain is a prominent feature in the landscape as it rises out of the mossy lava surrounding it. It is 100 meters high, but its distinctive shape and location gives a majestic feel to it, with Krýsuvík in the background. From the other side, it exudes the same feeling but now with the Atlantic Ocean as backdrop.

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A parking lot lies next to the main road. From that parking lot, a rugged, rough gravel road leads to a parking lot closer to the mountain, 300 meters ahead. The condition of that road varies but should be considered rough and for 4x4 cars only. A 100-meter hike through muddy meadow will take you to the base of the mountain. Small creeks are common in this area depending on the season.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Close to Grindavík, hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are in abundance. Nearest hospital is in Reykjavík.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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The area is owned by the government, so a government permit is needed.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
There are ruins on the mountain managed by the Heritage foundation in Iceland
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
Reykjanes Peninsula is on UNESCO Global Geopark list
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

There is a medium size parking lot just by the main road, suitable for a small basecamp. Further up the road to the mountain is a small parking lot that could be used for offloading or a small tech base. There are no facilities at this location. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The area around the mountain is a very muddy and clayey meadow. Few small creeks run through the landscape, making the hike to the mountain problematic. This is a tuff mountain with loose rocks on the slopes. On top of and by the mountain are old ruins, preserved by law.


The area is a low tourist attraction, but hikers walk through this area as a part of a bigger hike. This location be managed with PAs. With the right permit you could close this location off.

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