One of Iceland’s most dramatic ranges, the Dyrfjöll mountains rise precipitously to an altitude of 1136m between the marshy Héraðssandur plains and Borgarfjörður Eystri. The name Dyrfjöll means 'Door Mountain' and is due to the large and conspicuous notch in the highest peak – an Icelandic counterpart to Sweden’s famous Lapporten.

There are walking tracks crossing the range, which allow for plentiful day hikes from Borgarfjörður Eystri. The prime drawcard in the range is the boulder-strewn oasis known as Stórurð.

To plan your hikes, pick up the Borgarfjörður Eystri & Víknaslóðir Hiking Map – Trails of the Deserted Inlets (1000kr), or contact Travel East Iceland in Borgarfjörður Eystri (based out of Álfheimar) if you’re looking for a guide or possible transfers to trailheads.

There are companies that can arrange guided day hikes of Dyrfjöll mountain and Stórurð from Egilsstaðir, including Wild Boys.