Maelifellshnjukur (1138 m) is located to the south of the parsonage
Maelifell. It is very prominent, rising much higher than the
surrounding hills and mountains, and is visible from 10 of the 23
districts of the country. This of course makes a climb to the
top very rewarding on a fine day. The main structure of the
mountain is hard basaltic tuff (hyaloclastites) and some pillow lava.
It probably was created during the same geological period as i.e.
headland Thordarhofdi and other mountains of the northern Skagafjordur
In the past, the valley Maelifellsdalur to the west of the mountain,
was a part of the main route through the interior (Kaldidalur Route;
Storisandur Route) between the Skagafjordur Area and South and West
Iceland. The trip normally took three days (160 km).