Situated pretty much directly below the highest peak in Iceland, Hnappavellir has become a summertime mecca of sorts for rock climbers either living in or visiting the country. It's the perfect mix of stunning views (Vatnajökull), encouraging peers, friendly local farmers and, of course, excellent-quality basalt. We're talking both cliffs and boulders here, so even if you feel like ditching the ropes for a crash pad you'll have plenty of options. Just how many, you ask? Well, there are well over 125 bolted runs along the cliff face for sport climbing alone, ranging in difficulty from 5.10 through all levels of 5.13. Toss in a healthy serving of bouldering routes and you can understand why tents are almost constantly set up here for the duration of Iceland's brief summer season.
Speaking of tents and friendly farmers, it's good to keep in mind that the climbing and camping at Hnappavellir is made possible solely because of the generosity of the locals on whose land this popular slab of rock is found. Make sure, if you're planning on hanging out for a while, that you respect both the land and the people living on it. Also, there's no running water here, so leave all notions of showers and flushing toilets back in Reykjavik. Then just bring your gear and a little ambition and enjoy the challenge of Iceland's biggest and most popular climbing destination.