The walking track to Helgafell

See the full story on my new website: www.wildernesscoffee-naturalhigh.comThe walking track to Helgafell – The twin volcano.

Poor old Helgafell is often a bit overlooked, as everyone flocks to its famous neighbour Eldfell. For a long time, Helgafell was the ruling volcano on Heimaey. The one that merged the chain of rocks to the north and Stórhöfði to the south into the present island, its classic volcano-shaped silhouette dominating the interior. Until Eldfell turned up right next to it in 1973, and stole the show.

The impressiveness of Eldfell is undeniable. But on some days it can be a bit of an ant-heap, with lots of people going up & down the tracks and circling around its crater all at the same time.

Helgafell, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

In the meantime, you may have Helgafell with all its beautiful views virtually for yourself. The track can be somewhat challenging in parts due to its steepness and loose gravelly bits along the way, but it doesn’t take long to go up.

This is a short summary. You can find the full description & more pictures on my new website: The walking track to Helgafell – The twin volcano.

The famous ones – Eldfell and Eyjafjallajökull looming in the background.

Helgafell, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Sweeping view from the top, with Eldfell, the lava flow that came from it, and the remains of the fissure that erupted out of nowhere.

Helgafell, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Moonrise, sunset & candles

Helgafell also provides a stunning background when the full moon is rising from behind it. And if you’re lucky, you might be treated to this incredible spectacle :-)

Midnight moonrise

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Candle and sunset on Helgafell, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

A Christmas candle on Helgafell ;-)

You can read how to get to Vestmannaeyjar in this article.

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