Topos

Icelandic topos

The Ísalp topos

The Ísalp topos have been issued in the Ísalp journals since 1978. In many cases they are the first attempt at making a topo for the area or the area has developed a lot after the issuing of it. For the topos including climbing routes, make sure you compare it to the route database, it should have the most current information available.

 Name  Author and the year of issue   About the topo
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 1 – Eyjafjallajökull  Helgi Benediktsson, 1978  This topo is only about hiking routes, that are still in it’s place and in full use. The main difference since the topo was made is that Gígjökul has retreated a lot and is really steep and olmost gone now.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 2 – Hekla og Langjökull  Helgi Benediktsson, Sighvatur Blöndahl, Yngvar Teitsson & Guðjón Ó. Magnússon, 1979  Hiking topo, hiking routes are still in it’s place and haven’t changed a lot. Traffic on Langjökull has increased considerably and more routes to cross the glacier are known.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 3 – Snæfellsjökull  Magnús Guðmundsson, Helgi Benediktsson, Arnór Guðbjartsson & Ingvar Teitsson, 1979  Hiking topo, still relative since the routes are the same.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 4 – Tindfjallajökull, fyrri hluti  Ingvar Teitsson, Rúnar Nordquist, Guðjón Halldórsson og Magnús Hallgrímsson, 1979  Hiking topo around Tindfjöll area, along with descriptions on the main huts in the area.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 5 – Tindfjallajökull, seinni hluti  Ingvar Teitsson, Rúnar Nordquist, Guðjón Halldórsson & Magnús Hallgrímsson, 1979  More hiking routes in Tindfjöll along with some climbing routes, SW ridge of Hornklofi and routes to Tindur. Probably not many new routes since the issue. See also Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 16.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 6 – Botnssúlur, fyrri hluti  Guðjón Ó. Magnússon, 1979  This topo is the first half of mountaineering in Botnsúlur. This half focuses on hiking. The topo has most known hiking routes.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 7 – Botnssúlur, seinni hluti  Guðjón Ó. Magnússon, 1979  This topo is the second half for mountaineering in Botnsúlur. In it are all known routes except Morgunfýla.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 8 – Skessuhorn  Helgi Benediktsson & Sighvatur Blöndahl, 1980  First topo of Skarðsheiði. Many routes have been climbed since then and this topo has been remade and issued, see Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 22.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 9 – Skarðsheiði  Helgi Benediktsson & Sighvatur Blöndahl, 1980  Hiking routes in Skarðsheiði, everything here is also in Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr 22.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 10 – Vífilsfell  Magnús Guðmundsson & Snævarr Guðmundsson, 1980  Hiking and climbing topo for Vífilsfell. There hasn’t been much climbing in Vífilsfell for the last years so this topo probably has all known routes
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 11 – Stardalshnúkur  Snævarr Guðmundsson, 1981  First topo issued for Stardalur and only has 5 routes. This topo has been remade and issued, see “Other topos”.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 12 – Mýrdalsjökull  Guðjón Ó. Magnússon, 1980  Hiking and skiing topo, still relative today.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 13 – Hraundrangi  Hreinn Magnússon & Olgeir Sigmarsson, 1981  Classic route to Hraundrangi, two more have been climbed since this topo was issued, see under “Other topos”.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 14 – Þumall  Torfi Hjaltason, 1981  Classic route to Þumall. This topo is missing a lesser known route to Þumall. The other route lies south of the big flake and merges with the classic route in pitch four.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 15 – Valshamar  Snævarr Guðmundsson, 1981  First topo of Valshamar. This topo has been remade and issued, see under “Other topos”.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 16 – Tindurinn  Magnús Guðmundsson, 1981 Both known topos to Tindur in Tindfjöll.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 17 – Eilífsdalur og Hrútadalur  Snævarr Guðmundsson & Magnús Guðmundsson, 1982  First topo for the area. A lot has been climbed since the issue of this one. Newer topo for Eilífsdalur can be found inder “Other topos” & Hrútadalur is in Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 20.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 18 – Öræfajökull  Torfi Hjaltason & Helgi Benediktsson, 1982  Good descriptions for hiking routes to Hvannadalshnúkur.  This topo is titled as a first part but it seems the second half was never released.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 19 – Leiðir í Bratta  Guðjón Ó. Magnússon, 1985  Mostly hiking routes, not a lot has changed since 1985.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 20 – Esja  Snævarr Guðmundson & Magnús Guðmundsson, 1985  The newest topo that covers whole Esja. Missing Tvíburagil and single routes here and there.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 21 – Stardalur  Björn Vilhjálmsson & Snævarr Guðmundsson, 1986  This topo has been remade and issued, see “Other topos”.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 22 – Skarðsheiði  Snævarr Guðmundsson & Kristinn Rúnarsson, 1987  Not many, but a few, have been climbed in Skarðsheiði since 1987, newest issue.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 23 – Munkaþverárgil  Páll Sveinsson, 1988  This topo has been remade and issued, see “Other topos”.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 23 – Hvalfjörður og Kjós  Snævarr Guðmundsson, 1990  Brynjudalur & Múlafjall have had a lot of new routes, other places are up to date. You can find newer versions of Brynjudalur & Múlafjall under “Other topos”.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 24 – Klettaklifursvæði á Íslandi  Björn Baldursson & Snævarr Guðmundsson, 1994  Most areas in this topo have been issued again in new topos. This topo is missing a lot of newer routes.
 Viðauki við Leiðarvísi Ísalp nr. 23 – Glymsgil  Hallgrímur Magnússon & Jón Haukur Steingrímsson, 1996  Some routes have been climbed in Glymur but over all this topo is up to date.
 Leiðarvísir Ísalp nr. 25 – Haukadalur  Hallgrímur Magnússon, 1998  New routes have been climbed and this topo could use a update.

Other topos

 Ice, mix & alpine climbing

 Name  Author an year of issue  About the topo
 Arnarfjörður  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2015   Contains all the routes in the area.
 Breiðdalur  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2014  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Brekkufjall  Matteo Meucci, 2018  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Brynjudalur  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson & Róbert Halldórsson, 2014  In the winter 2015-2016 there were a few new routes climbed, new issue is coming soon.
 Eilífsdalur  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2009  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Kaldakinn  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2007  A bunch of new routes was climbed at the 2016 ice climbing festival, new version is in the making.
 Múlafjall Sigurður Tómas Þórisson 2017  A new and beautiful topo. Everything we know of at the moment but more will probably come into light in the next few years.
 Mýrarhyrna  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2006?  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Ólafsfjarðarmúli  Jökull Bergmann & Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2010  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Suðurhlíðar Vestara og Eystra Hrútsfjalls  Björgvin Hilmarsson, 2015  Contains all the routes in the area, from the Ísalp journal in 2015 along with an article on Skarðatindar by the same author.


Bouldering, sport & trad climbing

For more info on rock climbing in Iceland, check out the website klifur.is

Name  Authors and year of issue  About the topo
 Akrafjall  Þórður Sævarsson 2017  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Búahamrar  Unknown, before 2010  Has everything except “Garún Garún”
 Geldinganes  Jónas G. Sigurðsson, 2010  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Gerðuberg  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2007  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Hraundrangi   Ágúst Kristján Steinarsson, 2009  Has both routes.
 Ingimundur  Ólafur Ragnar Helgason, 2002  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Kerlingareldur  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2009  Detailed topo of the route and the approach.
 Kverkfjöll Þorsteinn Cameron, 2016 Contains all the routes in the area.
 Munkaþverá  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2006  Contains almost everything, maybe there was a new issue…
 Norðurfjörður  Jónas G. Sigurðsson, 2017  Rough first draft. Very usable though.
 Pöstin  Jafet Bjarkar Björnsson, 2009  5 new route since issue, see http://www.klifur.is/crag/postin.
 Skinnhúfuklettar  Jafet Bjarkar Björnsson, 2009  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Stardalur  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, 2007  Contains all the routes in the area.
 Strandgata  Jafet Bjarkar Björnsson, 2010  Contains more than is there, after the removal of the Uberclassic “Reykjarvíkurperlan” was removed.
 Valshamar  Sigurður Tómas Þórisson, Skarphéðinn Halldórsson & Björgvin Hilmarsson, 2009  Contains all the routes in the area.