What to do in West Iceland
1. Climbing Mt Esja
The most prominent landmark seen from the capital area is the 918 m high Mt Esja, north of Reykjavík. The mountain offers a lot of wilderness hiking and climbing routes. The most popular summit tracks start by the river Mógilsá and the old Esjuberg farm. Ascending the mountain takes 2 – 3 hours.
2. Hallmundarhraun caves
Visitors in Húsafell shouldn’t miss the large cave system in the immense expanses of Hallmundarhraun lava flow. It was created by volcanic craters beneath Langjökull and Eiríksjökull and it includes some of the largest lava caves in the world. Kalmanshellir is 4 km long and was first investigated by a team of Icelandic and US spelunkers in 1993. It is the longest known lava tube in Iceland. The Surtshellir and Stefánshellir complex, 3,5 km long, is considered the biggest in Iceland, situated north of the 4WD road, 14 km east of Húsafell, via the road that turns off at the Kalmanstunga farm. A torch and gloves are advisable when visiting the cave and visitors should never enter alone, as the caves are rarely entered and help can therefore arrive too late in the case of an injury. There are cave decorations in all the lava tubes, such as grey stalactites and stalagmites, protected by law.
3. Snowmobile tours on Langjökull glacier
Snowmobile tours, summer skiing and sledding are on hand on the Langjökull icecap.