The mountain massif Kerlingarfjoll (The
Ogress' Mountains; 800 - 1500 m) is the main
ornament in the chain of mountains and glaciers framing the Kjolur area. It covers about
150 km² area southeast of The Temple Glacier (Hofsjokull). It derives its name from a
single, 25 m high and dark hyaloclastite pillar protruding from the light coloured,
rhyolite scree of the peak Kerlingartindur. The aforementioned types of rock represent the main structure of the
mountain massif. The small glacier patches up there have been
retreating fast and now the summer skiing school, which was operated for
decades, exists no more. Its
complex of houses is now being used to accommodate travellers in the area.
The schedule of The Bus Company SBA-Nordurleid drive to Kerlinarfjoll includes The Ogress' Mountains every day during summer.
For information on road conditions, see
www.road.is or call
the Road Administration Information Line (+354) 1777
HIGHLAND ICELAND SAGA