Eystrahorn is a little-known but spectacular mountain in east Iceland. It is part of the Krossasnesfjall mountain range.
At 756 metres (2,480 feet), Mount Eystrahorn a notably tall feature in the Krossasnesfjall mountain region.
It is one of the few mountains in Iceland that is composed of gabbro, a dark, jagged lava rock that is rich in magnesium and iron. Evidence of gold, silver and mercury have also been found here. It is a scree mountain, meaning it has very steep slopes; slightly more gentle slopes of gravel lead up to the rocks, making it nearly impossible to climb.
Eystrahorn is connected to another gabbro mountain to its south-east, Vestrahorn, by a coastline of black sands, interrupted by a few bays and rivers. This area is called Lón, which translates to 'lagoon', and is renowned for its vast array of wildlife.
In summer, the skies and waters are home to many species of migratory bird, and throughout the year, there are plenty of seals splashing offshore or relaxing on the coast.
Eystrahorn is lesser known than other mountains of similar scale and beauty in Iceland, such as Vestrahorn, Kirkjufell and Snæfell. It is, however, easy to access due to its proximity to the Ring Road in east Iceland, located approximately halfway between the settlements of Höfn and Djúpivogur on the Hvalnes Peninsula.
Those travelling the East Fjords, or taking a guided package or self-drive tour encircling the country, will pass Eystrahorn on their left-hand-side if travelling along the south from Reykjavík. Due to the lack of awareness of its existence, there is no carpark at Eystrahorn, although one will find parking at the nearby Hvalnes Lighthouse at its base.
The fact it is somewhat of a hidden gem, however, also means that hikes around the jagged peaks will be much less crowded with tourists than hikes at many other local attractions.