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About rock climbing in Iceland

The rock climbing season extends from mid-May to mid-September. The variable weather is the Icelandic rock climber’s main enemy. In addition, the rock here is loose and crumbly in most places and thus the cliffs are often dangerous to climb. Nonetheless, the sport climbing is good with bolted and traditional routes ranging from grade 5.3 to 5.13. The grading system is the same as that used in the US.

The cliffs here are crumbly in most places and there can be loose stones in the cliffs in the climbing areas. When climbing new routes or those not often climbed, it’s a good idea to test your holds before you trust them.

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Summer evening near Reykjavík.

Be respectful and don't leave rubbish behind

Icelandic climbers have always tried to go about their sport in peace, deferring to landowners and the public, and that’s the way we’d like to keep it. If you want to climb on private land, get permission from the owner first. Don’t leave rubbish behind, follow roads and paths where possible to avoid unnecessary erosion, and don’t climb over fences if there’s a gate. In short, be respectful.

Don’t put bolts or pegs into cliffs where there are none already: they may be protected natural areas and you will be fined for damaging them.

Indoor rock climbing in Iceland

The general public can rock climb indoor in Capital area at the Klifurhúsið gym and the Björk training center. Klifurhúsið is a boulder gym where many major climbers from the capital area train. It is situated in Reykjavík. Björk has a nice 7m (23 feet) top rope and lead wall. It is situated in Hafnarfjörður.

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