#sveinstindur

Iceland has many natural wonders and many places you can visit and enjoy.  Although some of our natural wonders like Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring have gained popularity among visitors, there are still many peaceful and exciting places that people rarely visit. Places that are not as accessible and require more effort to visit.

What is the reward of getting to the top?

The mountain Sveinstindur is positioned near the shout shore of the highland lake Langisjór, practically in the middle of Iceland.  The height of the mountain is 1093 meters, and it is higher than most of the surrounding mountains.  The elevation is about 350 meters as Langisjór lake is placed at an altitude of 670 meters.  Sveinstindur mountain is one of the best places in Iceland to get a good view of the Highland and probably one of the best viewing places in Iceland.  Here you have a view to six glaciers, many great volcanos,  hundreds of mountains, long and winding rivers, and the horizon for hundreds of kilometers in any direction.  You just have to be there to understand the magnitude of the view. 

The path to the top is not difficult

Although the walking path starting near the service center by Langisjór is not difficult or long, it is a bit steep and possibly a bit frightening for people who fear height, at least near the top. The view is also great if you choose to walk the first 150 meters.  The walk takes about an hour and a half upwards almost the whole time.  It is an elevation of about 350 meters and a bit more than a kilometer walk.  But with each step, you get a fantastic view.  On the walk up it is mostly a view to the west, south, and north, but when you reach the top, you get an additional view to the east where you will see the highest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur and also Lakagígar and Laki, the source of the huge eruption in 1783.  Now keep in mind that there is a great difference to walk on top of Sveinstindur in a calm wind and a wind above 4 to 5 meters.  It is not particularly enjoyable to walk to the upper part on a gloomy and cloudy day.  A reminder that anything you do in Iceland is weather and season related.  And just a reminder, this part of Iceland, the Highland, is only open from the middle of July until the middle of September.

Spectacular view from Sveinstindur mountain

Sveinstindur and Langisjór are part of the Fjallabak Nyrðri drive

The drive to Sveinstindur is a highland road.  It is only for good 4X4 vehicles as it is a hard dirt road with many creeks and rivers to cross. Anyone who takes a small cart to the highland, even a small 4X4 vehicle is always taking a significant risk of damaging the car and adding a considerable cost to the tour.  When you are on the Nyrðri Fjallabak road, you take a turn on the F235 Langisjór mountain road and drive the road to the Service Center by Langisjór lake.

Below is the location of Sveinstindur on the map of Iceland

Although the walking path starting near the service center by Langisjór is not difficult or long, it is a bit steep

Langisjór or Long Sea is a lake in the Icelandic Highland near the west side of Vatnajokull. The lake is on our top ten list of the most interesting places in the Icelandic Highland. It draws its name from the unusual length of the lake, 27 kilometers. Photographing the lake is popular because the water is exceptionally clear that gives the lake an unusual blue color. It is located in the deeper part of the Highland and only accessible by well-equipped 4X4 vehicles. It is also only accessible in the summer months and the beginning of autumn, from the beginning of July through September.

Langisjór or Long Sea is a lake in the Icelandic Highland

Sveinstindur is a mountain accessible from the highland road Northern Fjallabak. It is not a particularly noticeable mountain, but a great mountain to climb because of the breathtaking view that waits on the top on a clear day. The peak is a little short of 11 hundred meters and has a marked trail to the top. It is not difficult to climb and only requires the usual, good hiking shoes and fairly good physical shape. This photo is taken on top of Sveinstindur to the east with a view over the river Skaftá towards the famous Lakagígar.

This photo is taken on top of Sveinstindur