|Elevation||1,220 m (4,000 ft)|
|Translation||peak of the priests (English)|
|Last eruption||3350 BCE (?)|
The volcanic system
In 2009 some geologists of the Icelandic Meteorologic Institute researched the material about earthquake events in the area. This shows that volcanic fissures lie in direction southwest-northeast and reach among others under the glaciers Þórisjökull and Geitlandsjökull-Langjökull.
The rhyolite of the mountain was for some time very popular and exploited as construction material, partly for export. But the mine has been closed.
The name means "peak of the priests".
The origin of the name was an expedition of two priests into the highlands in the 17th century. It was seen as quite an enterprise at the time when they went into this region. They explored especially a valley behind the Þórisjökull called Þórisdalur, which had a bad reputation in sagas and folk stories because it was believed to be haunted by ghosts and that lawless people would be living there. As is clear today, they found nothing of the sort, but they were regarded as heroes when they came back from this expedition.
Highland Road Kaldidalur and mountaineering
The highland road Kaldidalur is situated not far from the mountain and it is possible to access the mountain by a bad jeep track and climb it.
- Sigurlaug Hjaltadóttir, Kristin S. Vogfjörd. Icelandic Meteorological Institute. Kortlagning sprungna í nágrenni Prestahnúks með smáskjálftum. Kortlagnin jarðhita í gosbeltum Íslands, annar áfangi. skyrsla VI/2009-011
- Íslandshandbókin. Fyrra bindi. Reykjavík 1989, bls. 114
- Prestahnúkur in the Catalogue of Icelandic Volcanoes
- Icelandic Meteorological Institute, 2009, Islandic with english summary and maps
- Photo: with a jeep onto the mountain
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