Kristínartindar

In Iceland back in 2011 I wanted to summit this peak in Skaftafell Park, a beautiful spot on the South coast. The weather did not cooperate then, with winds easily gusting over 100km/h it would have been too sketchy, so I just hiked the rest of the lovely Skaftafellsheiði loop instead. This time around the weather was excellent, and I even hauled the 4×5″ camera and tripod as well as the 5D up to the summit. An updated map at the visitor centre (300 ISK) helps to make completing the scramble loop over the upper and lower summit easier than the previous version – worth the investment!

I completed the loop in a clockwise manner from the visitor centre, but in retrospect it may have been better to go the other direction and save the easier grades for the descent.
I completed the loop in a clockwise manner from the visitor centre, but in retrospect it may have been better to go the other direction and save the easier grades for the descent.
The view towards the Morsárjökull (left) opens up as you ascent the plateau. Kristínartindar is the peak to the right of centre.
The view towards the Morsárjökull (left) opens up as you ascent the plateau. Kristínartindar is the peak to the right of centre.
Looking down on the Skaftafellsjökull from the col between the upper and the lower summits
Looking down on the Skaftafellsjökull from the upper summit
The 4x5
The 4×5″ camera on the summit
View from the summit down into the Morsáraurar
View from the summit down into the Morsáraurar
Dramatic craggy pinnacles on the way down from the summit
Dramatic craggy pinnacles on the way down
Iceland's tallest summit, Hvannadalshnúkur - saving that one for the next visit!
Iceland’s tallest summit, Hvannadalshnúkur – I’m saving that one for the next visit!
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