Hike Hvannárgil and Réttarfell

Rate this Adventure Básar

Distance

2.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

492.1 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

James Hueser

Easy Parking
River
Scenic

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.

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations.

Reviews

Leave a Review

Overall rating:  Rate this Adventure

Have you done this adventure? Leave a review!

Distance

2.5 Miles

Elevation Gain

492.1 Feet

Activities

Photography, Hiking

Skill

Beginner

Season

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Type

Loop

Added by

James Hueser

Nearby Adventures

Adventure

Hike to Heidarhorn

Adventure

Þórsmörk's Skógar Hike

Adventure

Hike to the Summit of Valahnúkur

Adventure

Hike Stakkholts Canyon (Stakkholtsgja)

More Nearby Adventures

Tours

More Tours

Related Stories

destinations

A Magical Yosemite Valley Winter Storm

A Yosemite Winter Wonderland

gear

La Sportiva Women's Skwama Climbing Shoe Review

Super sticky, super responsive, and just as badass as the men’s version of the shoe.

travel

A Few Days in Rossland, BC - A Must-Stop on the Powder Highway

If this town of less than 4,000 friendly folks doesn’t charm your socks off, the terrain at RED M...

destinations

WATCH: A Way of Life Under Attack - 'Welcome to Gwichyaa Zhee'

All over this country, indigenous people are literally just fighting for their identity.

More Stories