Southwest Face

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Iceland, Europe
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Most of a day
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Southwest Face
Created On: Nov 17, 2004
Last Edited On: Feb 23, 2006


See the Getting There section of the main page for directions to the trailhead. This is the same basic route, just a little farther down the ridge, as Bóndi.

Route Description

From the parking lot, head east and cross over the fence on the step staircase provided. The trail then bends south and crosses grassy meadows. Once through the grass, the trail will climb up and over the ridge to the east side and then ascend between rock ridges. The trail then flips back right up onto the ridge and climbs to the lower summit of Súlur.

From the lower summit, follow the ridge down and then across a section filled with sinkholes and cracks. Avoid them! They go down a few meters in spots and would suck to fall in to. Once across that section of the ridge, the trail climbs again up the next peak on the ridge to the true summit of Súlur (called Syðri-Súlur).

From there, descend the slope to the south passing the dike of Storikrummi on your right. Aim between two rock outcroppings ahead (Litlikrummi) and descend further to a flat plateau/saddle. Then begins ascending again up the mound ahead. The rock can be loose so be careful. Once on top of the mound you will see the twin peaks of Bóndi ahead. Scramble up the rocks between them and then choose one of two ways to scramble to the summit of the leftmost (eastern) pinnacle. You can either pick your way up the west side angling from north to south (loose class 3) or go further past the pinnacle to the south and then angle back up the south side on easier scrambling (class 2-3). If you are just headed to Príklakkar, ignore the summits of Bóndi and head straight through them like a football through a goalpost. From here you are on the northeast side of Príklakkar. Head south along this side crossing a somewhat-steep snowfield. I did it fine without an axe but that was mid-summer.

Continue on around to the south side of the summit pinnacle and go behind to the west side. Angle back then north until you see a groove (Class 3) and scramble up it as far as you can. Then turn right and mantle up easy rock to the summit. This photo should help identify it. It is the groove to the right of the second rock finger sticking up from the left.

Note-There may also be another way up the northwest side. View this photo taken from the north. It appears you could conceivably cross over the center ridge and ascend easy rock (maybe loose though) on the right side of the pinnacle.

Descend the same way. Distance is about 7.5 to 8 kilometers one way and elevation gain is about 3460 feet. (I know I am mixing measuring systems there. Sorry.)

Essential Gear

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Southwest Face

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