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“Whoops...start at the church”
Review of Helgafell

Helgafell
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Reviewed November 27, 2013 via mobile

We drove up to the small parking lot with the information sign and started our walk from there. It wasn't until we reached the top of the hill and looked down the other side that we saw the little church and the grave, where you're supposed to start the walk if you want to make your three wishes. So, when you drive up and see the big info sign, keep going down the road and park by the church.


Even though we did it "wrong," the views were absolutely stunning. Fjords and peaks as far as you can see. I highly recommend this little hike.

3  Thank JennaMJ
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

Essential for anyone fascinated by Laxdaela Saga. Clean public toilets by the car park. No other facilities (why would there be?) but a box on the fence net to Gudrun's grave allows you to address a postcard to yourself certifying that you've climbed the hill - this will later be posted to you by the resident farmer.
We borrowed bicycles from Hotel Egilsen in Stykkisholmur and cycled there - an easy 30-minute ride on well-made, largely empty roads through stunning scenery.

Thank MV_Overchurch
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

We visited this "holy mountain" where you had to climb to the top without talking or looking back and then turn east and make a wish. Hardest part when we were there was the strong winds.

Thank showmemo61
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Helgafell is located about 2 miles south of Stykkisholmur. You can park near the farm and walk down the road to the church and graveyard. Whoever walks up Helgafell is granted 3 wishes, but only after having fulfilled the following conditions: 1. Begin by walking to the grave of Gudrunar Osvifursdottir (located between the church & the base of Helgafell, it's surrounded by a white fence) and make the sign of the cross over it. 2. Next, walk in silence up the mountain, looking neither to the right nor the left. 3. Finally, after having reached the top, walk into the rock quarry and while looking towards the East, quietly and sincerely make three wishes. Tell no one the wishes. This was a fun experience climbing to the top of Helgafell and the scenic view of the surrounding area was worth the short hike.

Thank maloney1969
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Reviewed July 2, 2013

Excellent view over the area. Don't miss the little church that is at the foot of the hill. A short walk takes you up and down.

Thank R Z
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