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Hekla (1,491 metres/4,892 ft) is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes; over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874.
During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the "Gateway to Hell" for all lost souls.

Hiking Hekla involves climbing up through many stretches of scree and sharp edged lava beds that lie between the fields of snow. And then at the summit, the snow suddenly disappears and you can sit down on warm ground, a not very subtle reminder that this is an active volcano.

Knowing that, should it erupt, you have about 30 minutes to make what can be a 3 hour descent, adds a little excitement to the adventure.

Here, one of our gang, an Icelandic guy who has made the hike many times since he was a kid, sits alone at the top, looking at his wonderful and surreal country stretched out below.

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