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Herðubreið, viewed from the southeast
Elevation 1,682 m (5,518 ft)
Listing List of volcanoes in Iceland
Herðubreið is located in Iceland
Location Eastern Iceland
Coordinates 65°10′44.06″N 16°20′50.36″W / 65.1789056°N 16.3473222°W / 65.1789056; -16.3473222Coordinates: 65°10′44.06″N 16°20′50.36″W / 65.1789056°N 16.3473222°W / 65.1789056; -16.3473222
Type Tuya
Age of rock Pleistocene
Last eruption Pleistocene

Herðubreið (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈhɛrðʏpreiθ], broad-shouldered) is a tuya in north-east Iceland. It is situated in the Highlands of Iceland in the midst of the Ódáðahraun desert and close to Askja volcano. The desert is a large lava field originating from eruptions of Trölladyngja. Herðubreið was formed beneath the icesheet that covered Iceland during the last glacial period.[1]


Due to the mountain's steep and unstable sides, the first ascent was in 1908 despite centuries of knowledge of its existence.[citation needed]

Near the mountain lies an oasis called Herðubreiðarlindir with a campground and hiking trails. In former times, outcasts who had been excluded from Icelandic society because of crimes they had committed lived at the oasis.[citation needed] One such outlaw was Fjalla-Eyvindur, who lived there during the winter of 1774–1775.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Teitsson, Ingvar. "Herðubreið - Drottning íslenskra fjalla". International year of mountains 2002. Icelandic Environment Association. Retrieved 2011-10-19. 
  2. ^ Askja and Kverkfjoll: Exploring the Area, Frommer's Iceland, 1st Edition.

External links[edit]

Media related to Herdubreid at Wikimedia Commons