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Eldborg Crater is a 3.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Eyja- og Miklaholtshreppur, Western, Iceland that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips.

Length 3.9 mi Elevation gain 423 ft Route type Out & Back
Hiking Nature trips Walking Running River Views Muddy Rocky No shade
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Getting There

Free parking lot. Free bathrooms.

From downtown Borgarnes, take 54 north for approximately 32 kilometers (around 20 miles) until you see a sign for Snorrastadir Farm. There should be a road to your left which will lead to a parking lot near the farm itself. The actual Eldborg trail begins just across a nearby bridge over water. There is a blue Eldborg signpost and a gate. The crater can be seen in the distance.

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Regina Lennox
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Easy trail up a crater rim. Cool views from the top. A lot of wind. Not a difficult hike but a nice stretch of the legs to knock out in 90 minutes

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Zheng Huang
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Daqian Cao
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A late review: we did this trail back in March, and it was one of the highlights of a week long trip in Iceland. First of all the trail was empty on that day (as we soon found out why). The three of us were the only ones throughout the entire hike. One of the most spectacular (and almost intolerable) aspects of the hike was the weather. We saw rain, snow, sun, strong winds, and even hail for a few minutes. As a result, the whole trail was very muddy, making it more difficult than usual. In the end our boots were all covered in mud despite careful spotting. Not sure if it was the March weather, or just Icelandic weather, but make sure you have enough layers of clothing if going on a day like we did, and waterproof shells are highly recommended. The crater...it can be very elusive. So the trail doesn’t go straight to the crater, which is nice, but because of the mud, we had to keep our eyes on the ground a lot, and kept getting surprised by where the crater went! It also seemed the crater was moving away from us as we moved. How strange! After the long and flat trail leading to the crater, you’ll go up a smaller hill first, and then it becomes steep close to the top. There are metal railing installed, however be careful and make sure they’re secure, as some were not as secure as others. But once we got up there, it was so rewarding. We’ve never had an experience like this: the enormous size of the crater, the height, and the excitement while standing on the edge.... it was super windy too, almost like riding a rollercoaster. The hike down and back seemed shorter, but that’s probably just another psychological effect.

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Nikki Layton
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Flat hike out to a cool looking crater. Small uphill to the top of the crater, a bit Rocky but we'll maintained. Worth it if you are in the area and want to get a good walk in. it took us under 90 minutes including stopping for a few pics at the top.

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Ryan Van Dusen
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This hike is primarily flat, if a bit uneven throughout. There's a fair bit of mud on wet days (not uncommon for Iceland) and optional chain assistance on the actual crater itself but this trail should not pose much of an issue for most folks who'd consider themselves to be in okay shape. The crater has an observation area at the top with chain ropes on each side that seem to dissuade walking around the entire crater, but I've read elsewhere that walking along the entire edge is possible. If you leisurely walk this trail, it could easily take over two hours. However, if you hustle and/or trail jog, it can be completed in between 75 and 90 minutes. It terms of locating the trailhead itself, drive about 32 km (about 20 miles) north of Borgarnes until you see a sign and road for Snorrastadir Farm. You can drive this road down to the farm itself, where there is a parking lot. The gate for the trail is just over the nearby bridge.

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Merv S
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An easy walk to the two volcanic craters, a senior on my tour with a cane was able to make it to both of them. However, I did have to help this senior up and down the higher crater, so it's not accessible to all. There is a chain to help guide you up and down the higher crater. Great views at the top, as it is a mostly flat plain surrounding the craters.

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Dennis Van Amsterdam
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Patrik Buchart
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Eric Blandford
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Lynne St Charles
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Nicholas Losande
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Michael Staheli
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Howard Sandler
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Mani Subramanian
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Andrea Sommer
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Meret Wiens
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Damien Frelat
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Koha Roo Gelato
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Polina Filippova
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Jane Kim
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Jaimee and Brett Corbit
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Donald Courtney
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Adam Crampton
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Brennan Figari
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