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BAULA

Region: West Iceland
Coordinates: 64.7787077° N 21.5518069° W

Baula (934 metres) is a cone shaped, rhyolite laccolith to the west of The Nordura Valley. Pure laccoliths of this type are not to be found in Iceland, but similar natural phenomena are rather common, such as Mt. Hlidarfjall on Lake Myvatn, Mts. Hagongur in the central highlands etc. All of them were created during sub glacial eruptions.

The rhyolite magma is very viscous and creates such laccoliths instead of spreading. The view from the top on a fine day is spectacular. According to the legend, there should be a pond on top of the mountain and one night every year a wishing stone should surface there. The mountain was first climbed in 1851.

West Iceland Saga Trail

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