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“"The Sacred Hill" in true Icelandic Folklore tradition”
Review of Helgafell

Helgafell
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Reviewed 4 weeks 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 the wind
It's a short climb, and really worth it, as the 360 deg views from the summit are spectacular.
There is an entrance fee of about $4, which is paid to the family to upkeep the steep pathway.

Thank ANGELINA G
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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 is worth it. Wife and I met the challenge on a day of high winds and heavy precipitation but it didn't stop our hike. The views from the top along with the spiritual journey up was well worth it!

Thank kwthurst
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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 to pay to climb the hill (~$4 USD), but paying the fee also allows you to use the bathrooms that are there (bonus).

What was interesting about this hill was the folklore that goes along with it -- there is a spiritual history to this hill, and it involves climbing the mountain to make wishes. You have to follow the steps in the right order for your wishes to come true (start at the grave [bottom of the steps to the climb], DON'T speak and DON'T look back while climbing to the summit, face east once you reach the very summit, then make your 3 wishes).

The climb was enjoyable and only took 5 minutes or so - not very high. The views from the summit are pretty.

Thank winchela
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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 Peninsula from South to North and this was our last Peninsula stop. It was only five or eight minutes to the top, mainly even, and $4 a person. I think visitors need to remember that Iceland is a small country that had been overrun with tourists. The mountain is small, and quite important to iceland, and it's not a "tourist stop" per se, but an opportunity to experience amazing history. Therefore, I have no problem paying admission and applaud the family for opening their farm to the public and for their business sense. They've also installed a bathroom for visitors which is much appreciated (and hard to find on the Peninsula).

Thank AllisonC0511
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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. Waling stick helpful is you have any balance problems. Great views from the top and the exercise make this a good stop after a bus ride.

Thank fsdukejr
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