63.5750° N, 17.3012° W
You’ve probably seen every angle of this beautiful mountain. It’s one of the most stunning mountains on the south coast and you drive past it right before you reach Skaftafellsjökull glacier. Mt. Lómagnúpur has been the go-to mountain for professional photographers, writers, climbers, hikers, and nature lovers from all across the world. It is also of enormous cultural significance to the Icelandic people.
Lómagnúpur’s highest peak is 764m (2,507 ft) above sea level, while the foremost cliff, which is most photographed, reaches an almost vertical height of 671m, making it the highest vertical cliff in Iceland. Most of Lómagnúpur is made of palagonite, but the base layers are of lava (e.g. pillow lava and lava columns) and sediments. The lowest layers of the mountain are about 2.5 million years old, while the layers on the top are about 1.5 million years old.
The mountain became famous in Njálssaga, in which Flosi has a nightmare. He had killed Njáll with his men and now dreamt of a giant coming out of the mountain and announcing the death of his people.