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| Hofsjokull from the southwest
(photo by Throstur Thorsteinsson)   <click to enlarge>

Hofsjökull
    5486 ft (1782 m) .
Location: Central Iceland,
60 miles (100 km) SW of Akureyri
Lat / Long: 64.8° N, 18.9° W
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano (subglacial)
Volcanic Status: Dormant
First Ascent:
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: up to 3500 ft (1100 m)



Located near the center of Iceland, Hofsjokull volcano underlies the western part of the Hofsjokull icefield, the third largest in the country at 360 sq. miles (925 sq. km). Like many other subglacial volcanoes in Iceland, it has a large caldera about 7 miles (11 km) in diameter hidden beneath the ice. Hofsjokull is more remote than the three other major icefields, and so it is not nearly as popular with skiers or motorized users. The standard access points are at the southwest and northeast ends, and the traverse is about 30 miles (50 km).



More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


Topographic map of Hofsjokull (1:100,000 scale)
    <click to enlarge>




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