Kirkjufell Hike

kirkjufell  hike trail Snæfellsnes snaefellsnes waterfall kirkjufellsfoss grundarfjorour olafsvik
A super fun scramble set in the western peninsula of Iceland, Kirkjufell rises ~1500 ft from sea level and the trail length is probably a mile (~1.6 km). It gets steep past 300 meters into the hike. The view from 1290 ft (above).
kirkjufell  hike trail Snæfellsnes snaefellsnes waterfall kirkjufellsfoss grundarfjorour olafsvik
You need to traverse three stretches of rocky outcrops with help of ropes fixed into the trail by apparently the locals (Icelandic park rangers?). The first of which is a 10-12 ft vertical climb. Carry gloves for better grip.
Also remember that roughly 30-40 mins into the hike past a couple of scrambles (first of which is a 20+ ft rocky patch of the mountain facing south-east on the trail), the trail splits into two – one going left and the other going right. Take the trail to the left. Else prepare to waste 10 mins like me.
kirkjufell  hike trail Snæfellsnes snaefellsnes waterfall kirkjufellsfoss grundarfjorour olafsvik
Kirkjufell mountain (above) as seen from the Kirkjufellsfoss (waterfalls). The trail follows a fence at the beginning (details below).
kirkjufell  hike trail Snæfellsnes snaefellsnes waterfall kirkjufellsfoss grundarfjorour olafsvik
The trail is quite steep and avoid dancing, limping or simply hiking under a hang over. 🙂 The top half of the picture below is heavily skewed, but picture the bottom half as exactly what you would face getting down the mountain.
kirkjufell  hike trail Snæfellsnes snaefellsnes waterfall kirkjufellsfoss grundarfjorour olafsvik
Took me 55-60 mins to pass the first of the ropes, and roughly 30 mins to run down the mountain. I had to turn back in the interest of time @6:45 pm. The entire stretch to the top should not take more than 80-90 mins.

People with long legs and a solid heart, this is totally your hike. Always “safety first”!

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