Added by James Hueser
Just south of the northern city of Akureyri, Súlur offers a great viewpoint to take in peaks and snowfields in northern Iceland.
The trailhead is located at a parking lot south of Akureyri - mark it on your map and it'll be easy to find. Similar to other trails in Iceland, the way up Súlur is marked with wooden stakes which makes trail finding a breeze! If you're doing this before a lot of snow has melted, some of the stakes may be partially or completely buried, but once you're on the right track, just keep heading towards the summit.
The best part about the snow on this trail is that it gets so crusty from the intense wind blowing over the mountains, which makes for some really easy walking until you get onto the slope. The summit of Súlur is actually the second peak along the ridge, but I'd recommend gaining the ridge as soon as possible. As I mentioned, the crusty snow isn't too forgiving on a slope.
Hiking Súlur could give you a flashback to skiing down a glacier as it's surrounded by a beautiful field of snow. As barren as the landscape appears, it's truly breathtaking.
- Hiking boots
- Hiking poles
- Appropriate layers and clothing
- Water and snacks
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Added by James Hueser
On weekdays I'm a hydrogeologist for a contaminated sites group which involves a ton of fieldwork throughout the spring, summer, and fall, but leaves most of my weekends to get out to (and hopefully on top of) the Rockies. I'm originally from Saskatchewan, so I've become rather obsessed with bagging peaks ever since I moved to Calgary in 2014.Follow
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