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President Climbs Iceland’s Highest Mountain

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President Climbs Iceland’s Highest Mountain

Hvannadalshnúkur

Hvannadalshnúkur. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson ascended to the top of Hvannadalshnjúkur, the highest peak in Iceland last week, RÚV reports. He is thought to be the first of Iceland’s presidents to do so.

Hvannadalshnjúkur, which is located within Vatnajökull National Park, is the peak of Öræfajökull glacier, and has an elevation of 2,110 m [6,923 ft]. Guðni reached the top on skis. The trek was undertaken as part of filming for RÚV’s upcoming six-part TV series Úti (‘Outside’), which will focus on the challenges that people take on in Icelandic nature.

Öræfajökull is located at the southernmost end of Vatnajökull glacier and is itself a stratovolcano covered by an ice cap. The volcano has erupted twice, in 1362 and 1727. On the day of the president’s journey, an earthquake of magnitude 2.6 hit Öræfajökull.

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