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Areas in Hnappavellir

1 Hádegishamar 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
2 Miðskjól 5 / 31 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 36
3 Þorgeirsrétt East 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
4 Þorgeirsrétt West 0 / 6 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
5 Ölduból East 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
6 Ölduból West 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
7 Vatnsból 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
8 Stakar leiðir 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
9 Gimluklettur 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0

Description

Hnappavellir may be the best and biggest rock climbing area in Iceland. It is in the southeast portion of Iceland, near Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. The area has over 100 routes, both sport and trad, from 5.3-5.13.

See klifur.is/crag/hnappavellir for more info.

Getting There

It is east of Reykjavík in the southeast portion of Iceland, near Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park.

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Im in iceland from tomorrow and am really hoping to get to this crag. I hope the weather holds up. Thanks for all the helpful info so far. The gear from the photos looks solid. I hope to be there in about 4 or 5 days time. Is it easy enough to find? I had to google translate the approach from the local site. Sep 28, 2017
Benjamin Chapman
Small Town, USA
Benjamin Chapman   Small Town, USA
Use a "meat anchor" or grass stakes. May 6, 2017
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blurb.com/b/7738598-hnappav… Mar 23, 2017
Clip stick? Some of the first clips are a bit high (but not all). If you like the comfort of having the first one clipped, you'll need to bring your own stick clip. There aren't any at the hut, and you're not going to find a tree within miles, so no branches laying around for doing it old school.

You can try to set a TR from the top, as well. Some of the bolted anchors are within an arm's reach of the top, if you want to crawl to the edge and reach over. Use caution: there's nothing to anchor yourself to up top. Jan 21, 2017
While everything here is accessible by foot, there's also a vehicle path that runs the length of the cliff to the confluence at the SW tip.

Follow the path from the hut to lower down the stream and you'll find a fording that's deeper than the one you crossed to get to the hut. Basic passenger vehicles might not make this one.

The farther you go, the more likely you are to encounter problems. Eventually, you'll be 4WD through stretches of flooded mud pit...it's at its worst next to Vatnsból.
Jan 18, 2017
Drinking water: Some locals will drink water straight from the stream west of the hut, others refuse to after they or friends got sick. The stream runs through farm fields, with sheep and other animals drinking from it. They also shit in and along it.

One winter, an ice climber ventured into the valley at the head of the stream looking for routes, and he found a putrid mass of thousands of sea birds dead along the banks and valley. Some sea birds, I was told, can’t navigate once they lose sight of the coast and this particular valley seems to be a death trap for them. Some locals believe this is the source of intermittent contamination rather than livestock.

A good filter makes it delicious to drink. It's a rather silty, though, and will clog your filter quickly. Another option is to hike all the way to the west end of the cliff face to a confluence, where the water is less silty and you can pump from there. I didn't meet any locals who aren't willing to drink straight from there, but I filtered it anyways. Several tributaries combine there after running through sheep pastures.
Jan 3, 2017

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