Trölladyngja

Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland
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Mt. Trölladyngja is a tuff mountain, about 8 km from the main road between Keflavík airport and Reykjavik. The mountain is an active volcano system and geothermal area with vibrant colours and spectacular rock formations. So close to Reykjavík, this area is an untouched gem with lots of different shooting options. There is a hike with equipment into the middle of the area, but from there this location is fantastic. Panoramic view of Vigdísarvellir, graphic hidden tuff valleys, lava fields and awesome natural beauty.

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Accessibility

Driving towards Trölladyngja parking lots from the main road takes you a good 40 minutes in an average car, as the road is very rough and bumpy, with big rocks. The road itself is only 9 kilometres long up the mountain but not easily driven. The hike to the canyon with the geothermal area is around 500 meters. 500 meters further and with a 200-meter incline, there is a panoramic view of the whole area and Vigdísarvellir and the tuff valley. There is no way to bring any kind of vehicles from the car park to the middle of the area.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
4x4 required
Challenging terrain accessible only by off-road vehicles with high ground clearance
Bad phone coverage
Poor phone coverage with frequent interruptions
Guide recommended
Guidance is suggested, but not required

Services nearby

1 hr from the greater Reykjavík area so hotels, gas stations and convenience stores are nearby. Nearest hospital is in Keflavík, 50 minutes away.
Accommodation
< 50 km
Gas station
< 50 km
Hospital or emergency room
< 50 km
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 50 km
Shopping
< 50 km

Permits

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This area needs a three-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit
The parking lots are owned and managed by local energy company
Ask the property owner for shooting permission

Basecamp and facilities

There are two options for large basecamps at this location. There is a large parking lot at the start of the drive uphill to Trölladyngja, and 1 kilometre further, at the end of the road, lies another big parking lot. Both lots are owned by a local energy company, and they need to be notified if you are going there. There are no facilities at this location or anywhere near this area. The phone coverage is non-existent or bad at best.

Risk factors

The road that leads to the last parking lot and the entrance of Trölladyngja is rough and steep in some places. It is suitable for average cars but 4x4 are preferable. The ground in Trölladyngja is very muddy and the earth a mixture of gravel, ash and clay, making it difficult to traverse and work in wet weather. There are steam vents in the hills and underneath the paths and should be consider hazardous and caution is advised. The area is an active volcano so getting information about the status of the system is also advised and a geologist would be a great asset for your production.

Visitors

This location is a low tourist attraction. Locals tend to hike through the area over to Vigdísarvellir but should not be in your way as the area is quite large. The area could be closed off with help of Vogar Municipality and park rangers.

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