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Sunny Peaks

Moskardshnjukar Rhyolite Mountain Hike

Moskardshnjukar area has been a beloved recreational, hiking, and mountain biking destination among locals for decades. On this tour, we’ll show you where the local adventurers go hiking!

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The rhyolite peaks of Móskarðshnjúkar are sometimes referred to as the “sunny peaks”. Due to the contrast between the bright yellow rhyolite mountaintops and the darker surroundings, Móskarðshnjúkar always looks as if direct sunlight was shining on its peaks, even though it’s just the rock that is glowing so brightly. In clear weather, Móskarðshnjúkar mountain can easily be seen from Reykjavík.

  • Availability

    June

  • Duration

    4 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    15 years

  • Ratio

    1:15

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    7.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Moskardshnjukar Mountain Hike
Stunning Rhyolite Landscapes
Included
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Hiking Tour
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
All Required Safety Equipment

Among volcanic rocks, rhyolite is somewhat rare. This type of rock results in mountains that are extremely bright and colorful. The most well-known rhyolite areas in Iceland can be found deep within the interior of the country, in Landmannalaugar and Kerlingarfjöll. This makes the existence of a rhyolite mountain so close to the capital city super exciting.

The trail leading to the top of the mountain may be steep, but the terrain isn’t challenging. Due to its steep elevation, the hike is more demanding than the famous Esja trail, meaning that it’s less crowded. But, keep in mind that the view is especially rewarding from the top!

The first leg of the trail leads up a bare hillside and will get increasingly steep as we approach the peak. From the beginning of the second leg of the hike, we’ll be able to enjoy a beautiful view of our surroundings.

We’ll only be 18.6 mi. (30 km) from Reykjavík, but civilization looks already very far away from here. Only one or two tiny horse farms can be spotted in the landscape. Other than that, the pure wilderness is all the eye can see.

The 1.5- to 2-hour walk along the 1.8-mile (3 km) trail to the 2647-foot (807 m) summit makes everyone’s heart pump, not because of the steep trail, but because of the fantastic views all along the way. Near the top, we’ll start to feel as we were somewhere in the middle of the remote Icelandic Highlands. Huge piles of razor-sharp rhyolite rocks and colorful formations decorate the area.

The narrow conical shape of the peak, the sharp spines of the neighboring mountains, the view of the vibrant green valley down below, and the amazing 360-degree panorama of the entire capital area will take everyone’s breath away, for sure.

  • Total Hiking Time: 4 hours
  • Trail Length: 1.8 mi (3 km)
  • Elevation: 2221 ft. (677 m)
  • Summit: 2647 ft. (807 m)
  • Difficulty: Easy

Pick-up Information

We’ll pick you up in Reykjavík at the location that you have previously selected. The drive to the trailhead takes about 30 minutes. Here, we will leave our vehicle behind and start our hike by crossing a river using a bridge.

Pick up is at 09:00 am at Holtagarðar in Reykjavík.


How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at time of booking. The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us. Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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