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Pétursey is a majestic mountain and a prominent feature in the landscape along the south coast of Iceland. From afar, it looks like a giant circus tent in the middle of a sandy desert. The mountain is a 275-metre-high tuff rock and used to be an island, back when the ocean level was higher. The black beaches on each side of it offer a great view of this mountain and as a backdrop it really doesn’t get any better. You can easily drive around the mountain and find an angle that suits you.

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The area is on route no 1. A good, easily travelled gravel road leads you around the mountain and back onto route no 1.
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

There are many hotels and lodgings possibilities within 30 km radius of Pétursey. The village of Vík is only 19 km away with shops, hotels, restaurants and other basic services. Nearest hospital is in Selfoss, 111 km away.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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You need a two-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
The area is a part of Katla UNESCO Global Geopark.
Property owner unknown

Basecamp and facilities

There are several farms around Pétursey, with fields and lots that could be used as basecamps. There is a road, 4.2 km long, that goes around the mountain so finding a place should be easy. Phone coverage is excellent.

Risk factors

This is a tuff rock mountain so rockfall and rockslides could occur.


Few farms and summer cottages lie around this mountain, apart from that this location is not a popular tourist attraction.

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