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| Hekla from the northeast in early spring
(photo by Gunnar Hanneson)   <click to enlarge>

Hekla
    4892 ft (1491 m) .
Location: Southern Iceland,
75 miles (120 km) east of Reykjavik
Lat / Long: 64.0° N, 19.7° W
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status: Active, last eruption 2000
First Ascent: Eggert Olafsson and Bjarni Palsson, 1750
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: over 4000 ft (1200 m)



Hekla is the most active and most famous volcano in Iceland. Located in the south-central part of the country, it consists of a elongated stratovolcano which lies along a major NE-SW trending fissure system. Hekla has been erupting regularly since 1104 AD, at intervals of a decade to a century, with its latest eruption occurring in 2000. Hekla has a very long climbing history dating back over two centuries, and is an easy ascent and descent on skis. The shortest access is from the northwest side, which is fortunate since the lava flows of the March 2000 eruption went largely to the southeast.




More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


Topographic map of Hekla (1:100,000 scale)
    <click to enlarge>




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