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Icelanders have always been keen mountain climbers; they have even written poems about climbing mountains, falling, scraping and cutting themselves – but always getting to the top. Still, there is at least one mountain in Iceland you simply can't climb: Eystrahorn in the southeast part of East Iceland. It is a mere 756 m, but made up of gabbro and granophyre and extremely steep, Landslides are almost a constant, so much so, that even the great Sysiphus wouldn't even be able to get started.

Unusual materials that give Eystrahorn a wonderful color

Still, Eystrahorn is impressive to look at. During the ages precious minerals have been found there, such as gold, silver and mercury. Much to the Icelander's dismay, only in small quantities so don't even take out you teaspoon to embark on a quest to get rich quickly. The presence of those minerals gives Eystrahorn a wonderful color, emphasized by the black, sandy beach running all they way to its sister mountain, Vestrahorn.

The whole surrounding is a feast for the eye and photographers

The area between the mountains Vestrahorn and Eystrahorn is called, "Lón," meaning lagoon and sports an incredibly varied birdlife. It is the first stop after a very long flight for millions of migratory birds.  It is usually packed with birdlife and quite an impressive stop.  When you pass the slopes at Eystrahorn on the Ring Road heading further east, an even more impressive sight opens up.  It is fully worthed to stop and view the cliffs by the shore.  There are at least three stops where you can take your time and view the magnificent cliffs that constantly are battered by the Atlantic Ocean.

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Below is the location of Eystrahorn on the map of Iceland

Eystrahorn in the south-east part of East Iceland

Bird watchers are a growing group of tourists that visit Iceland each year. Apparently there are many interesting birds in the country to find, spot, watch and photograph. In June and July, there are excellent opportunities during the quiet time of night to view the night time behavior of birds as there is almost daylight around the clock. Puffins are probably among the most popular, but eagles and falcons are probably among the more difficult ones to find. This photo was shot at Lake Mývatn seven years ago when a pair of Falcons built a nest in Dimmuborgir.

Bird watchers are a growing group of tourists