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Ascent of Hákarlshaus on 2017-06-20

Climber: Rob Woodall

Others in Party:Adrian Rayner <2698>; Pete Ellis; Martin Whiteley
Date:Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hákarlshaus
    Location:Iceland
    Elevation:1153 m / 3786 ft

Ascent Trip Report

4hr evening ascent from S, drive or walk 4x4 track then footbridge across river and brushy start with a few easy lava terraces to climb, but just a hike. Impressive peak; had no prior info other than online mapping.

After our drizzly morning ascent of Fjarorfjall we drove to the major eastern port of Seydis (actually a quite small village, like Tarbert on Harris) served by the Faroes / Norway ferry which was in port as we passed. En route we'd pitched our tents at the less expensive Egilsstadir campsite.

Turning L at T junction on Seydis, a good unpaved road follows W shore of fjord; in about 1km a track serves some holiday chalets, we switchback L just before the chalets and follow the rough track about 1km (4x4 / high clearance, or park by shore road) to park just above the river. Hiking further up the track there's a footbridge in another km, but not knowing this we waded the river (knee deep).

Once across river (several decent waterfalls) the route is straight up, with the first part of the summit ridge visible directly above. Quite brushy with knee deep scrubby birch in places initially but not difficult, then a few lava terraces to climb, a few easy breaks available. Above these the peak is directly in front with the easiest line starting up the lefthand ridge, then stony ridge with a few easy snow patches, leading to a well built cairn with summit a little further on, marked by a few rocks.

Fine 360 view. Cold wind and already 8.30pm so we head down, using the snow patches to ease the way. Once down the final lava terrace we speculate there might be an easier ford further R (upstream) where the 4x4 track crosses the river. Heading for an obvious tall cairn we're delighted to find a fancy green metal footbridge, then an easy stroll back down to car, where Pete is waiting having gone the quicker way, sandaling back across the river.

We were up in 2h30; 4hr round trip, short scenic drive back to Egilsstadir for dinner, shower (as included in the price!) and bed 0030, still broad daylight being close to the Arctic circle. Tomorrow to the North, for P1000 Grjótskálarhnjúkur.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1033 m / 3392 ft
    Distance:11.5 km / 7.1 mi
    Grade/Class:YDS 2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack, Stream Ford, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1033 m / 3392 ft
    Distance:11.5 km / 7.1 mi
    Trailhead:120 m / 394 ft
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0 km / 0 mi
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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