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Botnssúlur (right in the background) seen from Hvalfjörður

Botnssúlur (right in the background) seen from Hvalfjörður

height 1095  m
location Iceland
Coordinates 64 ° 21 ′ 9 ″  N , 21 ° 11 ′ 14 ″  W Coordinates: 64 ° 21 ′ 9 ″  N , 21 ° 11 ′ 14 ″  W
Botnssúlur (Iceland)
Type Tabular volcano (extinct)
rock Palagonite and basalt
Botnssúlur from Botnsdalur

Botnssúlur from Botnsdalur

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The pillars of Botnssúlur in the background

The Botnssúlur (1095 m) is an eroded and extinct tabular volcano in the west of Iceland . The mountain is located in the municipality triangle of Hvalfjarðarsveit , Kjós and Bláskógabyggð .


The mountain rises not far from the Hvalfjörður fjord . It is located just a few kilometers southeast of the Hvalfell tabular volcano and the Glymur waterfall and about 20 km north of Þingvellir .


Basically, it is a mountain range that consists of different, interconnected peaks of an eroded volcano.

The peaks are called Vestursúla (1086 m), Syðstasúla (1093 m), Miðsúla and Súlnaberg (954 m), and there is also an unnamed peak.


The volcano was active in the Ice Age , more precisely about 3–4 cold ages ago . After that, valley glaciers and other Ice Age glaciers eroded it so that only small parts of the basalt cover can be seen. As is usually the case with this type of mountain, the lower remaining parts are made of palagonite .

Hiking and mountaineering

Popular hikes at the foot of the mountain range lead, for example, on an old connecting path , the Leggjabrjótur to Þingvellir or from the Botnsdalur to the Glymur waterfall.

Of the five peaks, the southernmost is usually climbed: Syðstasúla.

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Íslandshandbókin. 1. bindi. 1989, p. 74
  2. cf. Description of the hike (Icelandic) with a map that is easy to understand : - ( Memento of the original from May 30, 2003 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link has been inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , accessed: October 30, 2010 @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /

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