ITA hut on Mt Hrafntinnusker, Hoskuldarskali, was built in 1977 at
1027 metres above mean sea level. Among attractions in its vicinity
are the ice caves. The hut comprises the ground floor with a kitchen
and sleeping hall, and the attic with 18 mattresses and the quarters
of the warden. The hut accommodates 36 people on both floors, but
during bad weather spells, the warden permits people to sleep wherever
there is space.
The house is geothermally heated the whole year round and during the
presence of the warden, usually during July and August, running, cold
water is supplied in the kitchen. Other times of the year, water has
to be fetched from the gully west of the hut or snow has to be
melted. Electricity is supplied by solar cells. The switch is in the
entrance and the electrical supplies last 6 hours after it has been
turned on. Each lamp has switches. The water pump is also connected
to the electrical system. Visitors are kindly asked to economize.
The gas stoves in the kitchen are connected to gas containers the
whole year round.
A two-way emergency
radio is located in the entrance.
The latrine is in the immediate proximity of the hut. The winter
latrine is inside the hut. The kitchen contains all necessary
equipment, pots, pans, cutlery, plates, glasses etc. Sometimes the
electrical system fails and technicians have to travel 200 km to
repair it, and sometimes the mountain tracks are snowed in and do not
Peace and quiet is expected between midnight and 07;00 in the morning,
unless the warden decides otherwise. The use of the kitchen during
the night is prohibited. Smoking inside the hut is forbidden.
The environment of the hut is sand, which gets carried into it if its
guests do not wipe their feet carefully before entering. Shoes should
be left in the entrance and house shoes should be brought along.
Guests are kindly asked to help the warden to keep the hut clean and
tourist guides should emphasize this fact. During the ten months
without a warden, guests must leave a clean hut behind after use. The
camping site is down below the hut and a water tab nearby allows
access to water. Visitors and guests are required to take all rubbish
with them to containers at the huts in Landmannalaugar or on lake
Alftavatn. Please do not throw rubbish into the latrines or put it
under a stone.
The operation of this hut is expensive. Therefore it is essential
that guests pay for its use. ITA publishes its rates annually.
During the presence of the warden, he/she collects the fees, but
outside that period, guests are asked to leave the money in the box in
UTM (WGS-84): 7090867.1
Geographical co-ordinates (Hjörsey 1955):
UTM ( Hjörsey1955): 7091076.0
Source: The ITA website. email@example.com
Tel.: 568 2533:
Ice caves develope
where there is thermal activity under the ice patches.
caves should not be entered because of their instability. A traveller
was killed such a cave in the morning of August 16th 2006, when he was hit
by a block of ice from the ceiling.