Hekla is one of Iceland’s most active and well-known volcanoes, having erupted more than 20 times since the country’s settlement back in the ninth century. Its steep, conical shape that protrudes from the otherwise relatively flat landscape makes Hekla easily visible from a distance, and the surrounding area is a favourite destination for hikers. The region is also particularly popular among geologists and tourists with an interest in natural phenomena, thanks to the volcanic and geothermal features around Hekla. The volcano itself is both historically and culturally significant, referred to as the ‘Gateway to Hell’ in medieval times,
with its eruptions thought to have been caused by demons and evil spirits. It is perhaps for this reason that Hekla has been the subject of numerous legends and myths throughout Iceland’s history. Today, however, Hekla is rather more popular and a key tourist attraction, with hiking trails leading to its summit and panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

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