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"The Sacred Hill" in true Icelandic Folklore tradition

If you believe in Icelandic sagas, and you'd like to have 3 wishes fulfilled, climb up Mount... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Ballito, South Africa
Spiritual Journey

There is some local lore surrounding Helgafell which certainly makes this place more than just an... read more

Reviewed 12 October 2017
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“holy mountain” (7 reviews)
“easy hike” (4 reviews)
Kaldarsel, Stykkisholmur, Iceland
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Reviewed 5 days ago

If you believe in Icelandic sagas, and you'd like to have 3 wishes fulfilled, climb up Mount Helgafell... 1. Start climbing, without looking back or talking 2. Find the ruins which supposedly belonged to an Augustine Monastery 3. Face east and whisper your wishes into...More

Reviewed 12 October 2017

There is some local lore surrounding Helgafell which certainly makes this place more than just an interesting piece of nature. The "mountain" sits off the road and appears to be on private land. A donation of a few Kronas is expected and the hike up...More

Thank kwthurst
Reviewed 8 October 2017

We did not plan on stopping at this attraction when we planned our trip, but as we were driving we noted the write-up for it in our Iceland Travels book, and since we had the extra time we decided to make the stop. You have...More

Thank winchela
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

We had read about Helgafell and its spiritual importance during the Settlement Era, as well as to the Sagas. Also, the folklore that visitors who begin at Gudrin's grave, climb up and don't look back can have three wishes granted. We were driving the Snaefellsness...More

Thank AllisonC0511
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Probably the best view for the least climbing work or any hill you might climb. Path to the top of the 250 hill is broken rock and has been improved but is rough walking on the stones. Not recommended without sturdy shoes or hiking boots....More

Thank fsdukejr
Reviewed 6 September 2017

This hill is very important in Icelandic folklore, but for a visitor with not much knowledge, it is just a pretty hill climb.

Thank tombillinge
Reviewed 23 August 2017

It might irk some to pay to climb a hill but Helgafell has a fantastic view for very little effort. Quaint church nearby and lovely genuine souvenirs in the farm shop manned by the family who own it.

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Helgafell is more or less a short walk up a small hill, and the cost is actually steeper than the hike. The story behind it about the three wishes is cute, and we were sure to follow the rules, by being silent and making our...More

Thank mrscindylopez
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Located on a family farm, the top of Helgafell mountain is reached by a 73 meter climb up a steep path. Our guide told us we could have a wish granted at the top if we didn't look back down or talk while hiking up....More

Thank virginian9
Reviewed 11 August 2017

Short but little steep hike up the mountain gives incredible views of the area. It took us about 15-20 minutes to get up the top. This attraction has a fee for $4 per person and has a small gift store and toilet close to the...More

Thank Tulika_sac
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Response from Jean R | Reviewed this property |
It's a very small mountain, and the car park is right at the base. 10 minutes up, 10 minutes at the top to look at the view, 10 minutes down!