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Mounting Grey Pants recommended in Iceland

A hiker´s dream it is not. But a walk up the small Grabrok mound is recommended regardless. PIC Carsten Frenzl

A hiker´s dream it is not. But a walk up the small Grabrok mound is recommended regardless. PIC Carsten Frenzl

According to local tourism brochures the Grábrók hill or Grábrók mound in Iceland, depending on your height, is „the dream of every hiker.“ Except its not.

Lots of hikers and trekkers the world over are fascinated by Iceland and many put the country on or near the top of their bucket list of things to do before death takes over..

a walk up the small mound is both nice and healthy

And well they should too. Without any ounce of disrespect to other beautiful countries around the earth, and there are many, Iceland is certainly a fantastic place for any outdoors type with a possible exception for beach lovers. The awesome places here suitable for memorable trekking or hiking are countless. There is absolutely NO need to exaggerate or lie about the matter.

So why do official tourism officials want you to think this 170 meter high volcanic crater is the dream of all hikers?

The answer is simple enough. They get paid to do so and think not one iota of what you imagine it to be.

In reality, while not up to the “dream” category of things in any sense, a walk up the small mound is both nice and healthy. On a clear day there are certainly fine views from the top. But even for the fat and lazy the walk to the top takes but five minutes and for the able bodied a lot less. No serious hiker would ever rate such a quickie among his dreams. Indeed, many tour buses stop here for a few minutes during which you can top Grabrok and order cafe and cake at nearby bistro and finish as well in twenty minutes or so.

Grabrok, Grábrók in Icelandic meaning grey underpants, is one of three tiny old volcanic craters found hereabouts in the West of Iceland (see map.) The whole area is quite wonderful as it is crowded over with old moss-grown lava and a stop is recommended. You even get views over Hredavatn lake not seen from the Ring Road passing right by this place.

But do not be fooled about the high praise of lowly paid folks. This is not all that.

PS: we have no idea why Grábrók, Grey Pants, is the name of the place. But Icelanders have long been fascinated by underpants.

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