Hekla is most infamous stratovolcano in Iceland and is often referred to as the ‘Gateway to Hell’ by Icelanders as old tales tell of souls of the condemned travelling through Hekla’s crater on their way to Hell. Hekla rises 1491 m from sea level while the mountain ridge is about 40 km long and the fissure that splits the mountain ridge is about 5,5 km long. Presumably, the number of Hekla’s major eruptions is close to twenty since the settlement of Iceland and five times during the 20th century, the last time she erupted was in February 2000. However, volcanic experts are saying that there are some signs that she might erupt soon again. Despite being an active volcano, Hekla is a popular hiking destination. Following the most recent eruption the trail goes most of the way to the top and it takes between 3-4 hours to get to the 900-meter summit. The view from the top is absolutely breathtaking. The volcano is located around 30 km from Landmannalaugar and it is possible to camp at farms in the area. Don’t miss out on the impressive Hekla Center at Leirubakki farm, opened in 2007.
HOW TO GET THERE
GPS: N 63° 59′ 32.139” W 19° 39′ 56.933”