Maelifell in a Super Jeep (Measure-Hill)

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Maelifell in a Super Jeep (Measure-Hill)

Mount Mælifell (“Measure Hill”) is one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks, an awe ­inspiring, green moss­ covered pyramid standing alone in a vast, black desert landscape. This unforgettable visit to Mount Mælifell volcano is like a journey to another world.

We use super-jeeps for this tour which means comfortable, safe, small­group travel in one of our awesome specially modified vehicles driven by one of our expert, knowledgeable (and awesome!) guides.

Your guide collects you from your hotel in the Reykjavik area and heads east along route 1 to Hvolsvollur. From here we turn inland to Fljotsdalur. Civilization is seemingly left behind as the road turns to gravel and we enter the huge floodplain of the Markarfljot, a turbulent glacial river. Eyjafjallajokull glacier looms over us, the infamous volcano that caused so much chaos for air travellers in 2010.

Following the Emstruleid mountain road, we pass through Tröllagjá (“Trolls Canyon”), a magnificent dry valley caused by a massive flood following a volcanic eruption under a glacier several thousand years ago. The road leads through wide green meadows, winding ever upwards towards distant green and black peaks. Our only other visible companions maybe the hardy Icelandic sheep and lambs fattening up on the mountain vegetation.

Our next incredible landmark is Einhyrningur (“The Unicorn”), a bizarre extinct volcano with a horn (hence the name!). It is here that the road becomes more difficult to navigate (and fun!). We reach the bridge over the Markaflót river and (if time allows) pay a visit to the impressive 200m deep canyon.

Hattafell (“Hat Mountain”) now dominates the landscape to our right; its steep, green slopes are topped off with an angled, perfectly flat hat. From here the landscape turns increasingly “moonlike”. We enter a world dominated by black sand and rock; wide, flat valleys surrounded by black and green ridge mountains, many still streaked with snow and ice far into summer. We begin to see lonely hikers, walking the middle section of Iceland’s world famous Laugarvegur trek. Some of these will be rather jealous as they watch us drive through the freezing water of the Bláfjallakvísl river in our superjeep! They must take of their boots and socks and wade through.

It is likely that your guide will now drive you to Hvanngil, a picturesque mountain hut. Here is a great spot to eat lunch (a service fee of about 500 ISK(3 USD) payable by each guest).

We now head east, into the seemingly endless black desert wilderness of Mælifellssandur. In dry weather, “dust­devils” dance and spin across the horizon. The mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier fills the skyline to the south, barely 2km distant at its closest. To the north rise the mountains of the Fjallabak region. Black, green and white combine in a scene of almost indescribable beauty.

The flat, dark, glacial sands seem to go on forever. Yet suddenly, the majestic Mælifell appears to rise up out of ground before us. Standing almost 200 meters (660 feet) above the surrounding plains, the view from the top will live with you forever. The mountain was formed during a series of eruptions under the huge glacier that covered this region during the last Ice Age. The short, steep climb is of course optional and weather dependent. Yet, just to be in this amazing location is truly a special privilege never to be forgotten.

We usually return by the same, awesome route. The choice of where and when to stop (throughout the day) is determined by your guide. They use their experience to get the most out of your time. Dinner will be taken at a restaurant of your guide’s choice on the way to Reykjavik. Clients are dropped off at their hotels in the evening after an unforgettable experience. 

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What's included?

  • Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik
  • Guided tour in a super­jeep
  • Short hike

What do I need to bring?

  • Food/drinks/snacks are not included. We will make a lunch stop on the way to the highlands. Dinner at a restaurant on return journey.
  • Warm and waterproof clothes, sturdy hiking boots/shoes (also available to rent).

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Tour information:

  • Duration:
    12 HOURS
  • Location:
    Eyjafjallajökull
  • Location:
    Reykjavík
  • Location:
    South coast
  • Languages:
    EN
  • Highlights:
    Super Jeep,

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