Scramble Geitafellstindur and Photograph Hoffellsjökull
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Added by James Hueser
Geitafellstindur is the south peak of Geitafell and has a great scramble to its summit. The view from the summit includes the glacier Hoffellsjökull.
The trailhead can begin at the parking lot at the end of the Hoffellsjökull lake where there are information boards. The trail is very easy to follow as it is well defined, and typically has wooden stakes marking it. You'll head down from the parking lot and into a river valley. The trail follows an ATV trail to the northwest until it splits off to start heading up the ridge to the northeast.
The ridge is very easy to hike, and offers some great views of the glacier. You'll notice at the summit push, it gets pretty scrambley. Things to remember here are that the rock is pretty chossy, so foot and hand holds should be checked before putting too much faith in them; as well as the snow is a mixture of snow and ice, so one step can sink in and one step can slide right off. There's a lot of exposure if you try to scoot around the base of the cliff band to climber's right. You'll know you're at the summit because continuing on would be way too advanced without roping up.
The view from the peak of Geitafellstindur looks right in the valley of Hoffellsdalur, which is absolutely stunning - try grabbing a panoramic of it!
On your way back down, follow a branch of the trail to your right and try to get as close to the glacier as possible. Some of my favourite shots are of icebergs in the small glacial lake as the clouds reflect in the water.
- Hiking boots
- Appropriate layers
- Sunscreen - the sun reflecting off the snow doubles your chance of sunburn
- 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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