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bei Grundarfjörður, Vesturland (Ísland)
Even though Kirkjufell is not a high mountain it doesn't mean it is an easy one to climb. Right at the beginning of the climb there is a signpost that warns us of the dangers of trying to get to the top. You can see the signpost in one of the pictures. The signpost says that this mountain should be attempted only for experienced mountaineers. It shows valuable advice although it also recommends wearing a climbing harness. A climbing harness is not of much help without a rope and anchors were to secure the climb. I couldn't see any fixed anchor on my way up. I guess they had a few accidents here by inexperienced tourists who thought this mountain was just an easy walk to the summit, and they are trying to prevent those people from even starting.
The hike starts at the big parking lot that is on the other side of the road. The first few hundred meters are mainly flat and soon it starts getting quite steep.
Most of the time it's just walking following the fairly well-marked track that goes up, but there are 4 or 5 spots where a bit of climbing is required. In those spots there is a fixed rope installed that helps us moving forward. Those spots are not that difficult but we need to be very careful because if we fall we are going to fall many meters down. The last of these ropes gives us access to the summit.
The summit is a narrow but long flat area that goes towards the sea. The views from the top are really beautiful.
Going down is maybe a bit more scary than going up since we can see how steep the track is. If we go slowly and are a bit careful everything will be ok and the track will bring us back to the car.
Full description and more pictures at Back from Summit: Kirkjufell