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Batman mountain. At 454 m high, Vesturhorn (also spelled Vestrahorn) is a gabbro with steep cliffs (see Living Earth – Outline of the Geology of Iceland by Ari Trausti Guðmundsson, published by Forlagið, Reykjavík, 2013). It is often called “Batman Mountain” (see second image below). The sunset at Stokksnes last week was memorable. This headland […]

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The highest freestanding cliff face in Iceland. The word Lómagnúpur is a compound of lómur (red-throated diver) and gnúpur (cliff). It is among the most remarkable sights in south Iceland. Mt Lómagnúpur (767 m) features the highest cliff face in Iceland, with a vertical rise of more than 600 m. It forms the southern end […]

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Göltur (445 metres) lies at the mouth of Súgandafjörður in the Westfjords of Iceland. Telltale birthmarks betray its glacial past – a flat top and abrasion bands on its sides. A full appreciation of the mountain’s majesty can only be had from the air.      

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One of the most fascinating orographic experiences in Iceland relates to the direction of approach. The bare, tree-less mountains quickly change their appearance, revealing entirely new profiles as you go by or around them. A good instance of this is the mountain Einhyrningur, found in the interior along the South Fjallabak route. Einhyrningur means “Unicorn” […]

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