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Munkadveragil Gorge Rock Climbing 


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Submitted By: Mark Roth on Jun 25, 2010
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Description 

Iceland is centered right on the mid atlantic spreading center and is quite volcanically active. Most of the rock is therefore very young, pourous, and chossy. This crag is composed of a lava flow from about 2 million(?) years ago. There are about 25 bolted routes ranging from about 5.6 to 5.12d. I think there is a guide book, but it's in Icelandic. This is certainly no destination area, but if you find yourself here in the summer there are some short quality routes on solid basalt. The best part of summer here is that is never gets dark. We finished climbing around 11:30pm and made it back to town in time to watch the sunset/sunrise.

The difficulty of routes generally increases from left to right. None of the anchors are equiped for rappelling, but you can reach over the edge on the way out to recover your draws. There are even some bolts behind the lip to protect this act...

Getting There 

Less than 20 kilometers south from Akureyri on the east side of the fjord, the road passes over a bridge. There are routes on both sides of the canyon under the bridge, but most of the climbs are on the south facing side of the river. Park in the pull-off right before the bridge and follow a well worn trail west then south down into the canyon and then east along the base of the wall.

Climbing Season

For the Europe area.

Weather station 57.3 miles from here

3 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',1],['5.8',0],['5.9',1],['5.10',1],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: Alicja @ the start

WHO KNOWS? 2 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a  Europe : Iceland : Munkadveragil Gorge
There is a definite crux around the third bolt. I was told this route is 5.9, but this move felt way harder... Awkward and powerful laybacks finally lead to a jug (if you see it and your fingers fit). Keep it together after the crux as it remains technical and pumpy all the way to the anchor....[more]   Browse More Classics in International

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