Ascent to Fossadala-Háifoss & Granni on 2005-05-07

Climber: James Barlow

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, May 7, 2005
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
Point Reached:Fossadala - Háifoss & Granni
    Elevation:1148 ft / 349 m

Ascent Trip Report

There was no summit goal this trip, the first backpacking trip for me in 2005. Most of my time in Iceland was spent hiking to waterfalls, lakes, epic hiking trails, or historical points of interest. I started at the legendary farm Stöng, mentioned in a few of the Icelandic Sagas, including Njáls Saga. Gaukur á Stöng, the oldest bar in Iceland, is named after a Saga-era person from this farm. I headed up the southeast side of Fossárdalur and dropped my pack and bivy sack just below Háifoss in a perfect grassy meadow. In Iceland, it's ok to camp on the thick grass as it grows very fast and it rains all the time. It's far from fragile. I made my way up to Háifoss, Iceland's second highest waterfall. I then proceeded further up the canyon whose walls towered hundreds of feet over me, to Granni, another beautiful waterfall. After the obligatory pics, lunch, and relaxing, I made my way back to camp. I explored some small side canyons and caught up on some reading all afternoon. As the sun set, I passed out.
The next day I backpacked back out to Stöng, checked out Hjálparfoss, caught incredible views of Hekla, and headed for Landmannalaugar. Unfortunately the road was snowed in just past the junction for Ljótipollur, but I was able to take some epic pictures of Hnaupspollur with the winter's frozen crust breaking up across the crater lake. I checked Tröllkonuhlaup, Þjofafoss, and caught sunset at Skarð on my drive home.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:656 ft / 199 m
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:656 ft / 199 m
    Start Trailhead:492 ft / 149 m
Descent Statistics

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