Lómagnúpur

South coast, Iceland
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One of Iceland’s iconic landmarks, Lómagnúpur stands 764 meters tall with an almost vertical cliff face, 671 meters high and thus the highest in Iceland. On a clear day, you can see the mountain from more than 40 kilometres away. This colossal palagonite mountain is thought to be the most photographed mountain in all Iceland. The unique shape and its enormous cliff face in the otherwise barren landscape is awe-inspiring and unique. The road to Gígjukvísl is a popular scenic viewpoint of the mountain.

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Accessibility

Route no 1 takes you straight to the mountain. You drive 200 meters up a gravel road to access the parking lot at Lómagnúpur. 9 kilometres further east, on the left, is an exit to Gígjukvísl, which is a perfect viewpoint of the mountain.
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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 Kirkjubæjarklaustur so you can find lots of hotels, a gas station and a convenience store. Skaftafell Service Centre is 38 kilometres away, with a restaurant and park rangers if you need one. The south coast has many guesthouses and lodgings. Nearest hospital is in Höfn, 167 kilometers away.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 50 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 50 km
Shopping
< 50 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
Lómagnúpur is a part of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There is a big parking lot just on the west side of the mountain. The parking area is also an interesting location as big boulders have fallen from the cliffs above and lie scattered around the area. One kilometre further on route 1 to the east, there is a gravel mine with a big parking lot that can be used and 1.5 kilometre even further, by the bridge over Núpsvötn, a big area that could be used for basecamps. There are no facilities at this location. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

The cliffs are palagonite rock, which is rather soft and falls easily due to erosion. Climbing Lómagnúpur is hazardous and should not be attempted without a local safety team. The area is notorious for extreme wind conditions and checking the weather forecast is advisable.

Visitors

Lómagnúpur is on Iceland’s most frequented route, the south coast, so many tourists go through here. They tend to stop by the road to take a picture of the mountain and continue on with their journey.

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