Hike Hvannárgil and Réttarfell

Rate this Adventure Iceland Básar

Added by

A small loop that goes through a gorge and on top of a ridge that looks over the river valley in Þórsmörk. There's a lot of gorgeous colour and textures to be experienced here.

Starting at the Básar facilities, the loop can be completed clockwise and do Réttarfell to Hvannárgil, or counter-clockwise. We did it counter-clockwise which was nice as we made our way through gorge and ended on a high note.

The counter-clockwise loop follows the road until a sign and markers point out the path to Hvannárgil. It gains a bit of elevation and you get a great view down the gorge, as wells as across the river plain and over to other facilities on the other side of the valley.

Once at the high point, you'll actually drop into the gorge which was a pretty neat experience. The trail continues until you're on a small saddle between Réttarfell and another peak to the east. The climb up Réttarfell is a bit steep, but should be no problems for anybody. At the top of Réttarfell, you'll have an even better perspective of the view you had at the high point on the Hvannárgil trail. There's something about the colours in this valley that really take my breath away.

Head down the north side of the saddle and you'll end up back at Básar.

Pack List

  • Hiking boots
  • Water and snacks
  • Appropriate layers and clothing
  • Camera
Read More

Please respect the places you find on The Outbound.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures. Be aware of local regulations and don't damage these amazing places for the sake of a photograph. Learn More

Share

Activities:

Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

2.5 Miles

Elev. Gain:

492.1 Feet

Features:

Easy Parking
River
Scenic

Are we missing something?

Suggest an edit

How to Get There

Have you done this adventure? Have something to add? You could be the first to leave a review!

Added by James Hueser

Some call me the Jerry Macguire of the outdoors. The places special to me should be special to everyone. It is not my intention to hoard the best views around me. It's my responsibility to invite everyone to join, and give them every opportunity to do so.

More Adventures Nearby

Visit Kerið Crater Lake

Iceland / Kerið

Kerið Crater is located in southern Iceland, along the popular golden circle. It is about 15km north of Selfoss, off of highway 35.

Colette M
1 Saves

Trail Run in Kjarnaskógur

Iceland / Kjarnaskógur Parking

Kjarnaskógur is the local forest and recreation area in Akureyri and is located just South of the Airport. Great for running, hiking, mountain biking and x-country skiing when there is snow.

Lindsay Tamm
3 Saves

Photograph Gardur Lighthouse, Iceland

Iceland / Gardur Lighthouse

If you are like most travelers to Iceland, your time is spent around the ring road and Reykjavik.

Connor Charles
6 Saves