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Hiking

Walking, with or without guidance, is a popular way to travel in Austurland. The hiking routes in Austurland, East Iceland are endless. Below are only a few ideas to get you started. 

 

Álfaborg

Right by the village, the legally protected hill of Álfaborg, which the "fjord of Borg," Borgarfjörður Eystri is named after, rises about 30 m high. Accessed by an easy trail and with an observation point on top, Álfaborg is home to the queen of the Icelandic elves. In addition, Borgarfjörður has numerous stories of relations between its elfin and human residents. Many places are connected with elves and "hidden people," including the church of the elves Kirkjusteinn: a huge, appropriately shaped rock in Kækjudalur valley.

Several stories tell of trolls in the mountains.



Mt. Bjólfur and the Snow Avalanche Barriers.

The trail is open from June - September

A trail leading to the uppermost mountain slopes (>600 m.) offering a breathtaking view of the Fjord and the Snow Avalanche Barriers. Open from June until first snowfall in October/November. This 5 km. the trail is an F-road and presents a rare opportunity for high altitude sights for those generally averse to mountain climbing. Furthermore, the spot is ideal for paragliders. The ascent takes about 15-20 minutes from the Fjarðarheiði heath road up to the Snow Avalanche barriers.

Bjargselsbotnar

Walk from the sign near Hússtjórnarskóli schoolhouse in the woodlands of Hallormsstaður and follow a light green marked trail that passes through an area where half the mountain slid forward some 10.000 years ago.

You'll ascend up to Bjargselsbotnar, inwards to Bjarg and Þverbjarg to Illaskriða or The Cruel Landslide. From there you follow the trail to the Leirtjarnarhryggur ridge. There you can find a cylinder with visitors' log and a stamp.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°05.465-W14°43.031

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Brúnavík

Brúnavik is an inlet in the vicinity of Borgarfjörður Eystri renowned for its serene surroundings. A hike back and forth from Borgarfjörður across pass Brúnavikurskarð (360 m) down to the ruins of the farm is approx. 12 km. Crossing at the mouth of the river is an absolute must in order to appreciate the colorful beach. The way back crosses the Brotagil ravine across the bridge to pass Hofstrandaskarð (320 m). The walk takes about 5-6 hours. It is marked by trails.

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Dyrfjöll

The magnificent mountain range Dyrfjoll near the fjord Borgarfjordur Eystri is 1136 meters high and only experienced hikers should do this hike. It is possible to contact a local professional hiking guide to hike with up the mountain.

Dyrfjoll mountain is an old volcano and is famous for the huge gap in the middle of the mountain. The view from the top is extraordinary and won't let anyone down!

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Eiriksstadahneflar

Walk on from the sign by the river Þverá south of Eiríksstaðir farm and on to Fremri Hnefill - top (947 m) where you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. From there one can cross over to the top of Ytri Hnefill (922m) and down to Eiríksstaðir farm. It is also nice to walk over to the ruins of the abandoned (since 1875) Hneflasel farm and between the two mountains on the way back to Jökuldalur valley.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°08.617-W15°28.195

Fardagafoss

The scenic Fardagafoss waterfall is situated close to the main road to Seyðisfjörður as it winds its way up the mountainside of Fjardarheiði, about 5 km from Egilsstaðir. The ascent from the parking area to the fall takes about half an hour. Underway you can enjoy the beautiful gorge and views over the whole valley. The last stage of the trail is not an easy walk, a chain is fastened in the cliff to get down to the water, but it´s worth it.

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Gerpir

Gerpir is the easternmost tip of Iceland.
Magnificent view, high rocks, and cliffs (661 m.) Making your way along the edge of cliffs some 12 million years old is an experience you´ll never forget. Throughout the area ( "Gerpissvæðið") there are many marked trails, walking paths and hiking routes, construed by the hiking club Ferðafélag Fjarðamanna. Prior to visiting, obtaining a good map of the area is a sensible option - or getting in touch with a local information center. The area is also popular among kayak enthusiasts and mountain bikers.

Gljúfursá river

The Gljúfursár waterfall runs down a colorful ravine just below our starting point. From there is a marked walking path that takes you along the river Gljúfursá, down to the sea and around Drangsnes.

Walking along the precipitous cliffs is a great experience and leaves few visitors unmoved. The trail goes past Krummsholt where you can see ancient ruins dating back to Viking times. In fact, a Viking named Þorsteinn Uxafótur is thought to have lived there. Looking at such ancient habitats leaves one wondering about the lives lived here centuries ago, wishing the earth could talk and tell us the stories of our ancestors.

Across the fjord, you can see glimpses of the village of Vopnafjordur standing on a peninsula reaching out in the fjord. The peninsula itself is called Kolbeinstangi.

The river Gljúfursá used to be a major obstacle to travelers heading east over Hellisheiði. Many accidents occurred when people tried to cross the river by foot or on horseback.

You can walk along the river to the old bridge over Gljúfursá, built around 1900 and at the time considered to be a great marvel. The story goes that construction began on the bridge after a man on horseback died while attempting to cross the river during winter.

Grjotgardur við Hjardarhaga

A walk of about two and a half hours, fairly short but quite steep. Park your cars at the crossroads to Hnefilsdalur. Walk from the sign, located by the main road (no 1), a marked path up along the river Sauðá up to the edge of the slope to the stone wall or fence. Follow the fence until you've reached the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. Keep on towards Teigará to the cairn and then walk back for a bit down a staked horse riding trail through Hestagil creek. The purpose of the stone wall is unknown but thought to have been a fence for farm animals.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°21.391-W15°00.061

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Fuglabjargarnes cliffs

Fuglabjarganes is on the nature conservatory list of Iceland for its beautiful and diverse coast and great bird life. Walk along the beach to the headland where high bluffs reach down to the sea. From there you can see rock pillars that rise from the sea and enjoy the view across the open ocean all the way to the horizon. This is Icelandic nature at its best. Please be careful when walking along the cliffs and do not go too close to the edge.

Waterfall Circle

The Waterfall Circle is an 8 kilometers long hiking circle that starts and ends in Laugarfell. On the hike, you can see five waterfalls and one canyon. Some of these waterfalls are among the most powerful in East Iceland. Most famous of the waterfalls are Kirkjufoss and Faxi.

This beautiful hike is getting more and more popular among hikers. After the hike then it is a good idea to take a bath in the hot springs in Laugarfell.

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Waterfall lane

Fjarðará River & Fjarðarsel Museum
Duration: 2,5 and 4 hours / 2- 4 km.

Period: June - September

An easy and pleasant walk from the center of Seyðisfjörður town, by a walkway partly gravel, partly grassy through a forested area towards the vale Fjarðarsel where beautiful waterfalls and varied green growth await the wanderer.
A visit to the oldest operational power plant in Iceland at Fjarðarsel (1913) is optional, provided that it is arranged beforehand. The plant marked a turning point in the history of Icelandic electrification. For the avid waterfall lover an added walk along the south side of Fjarðará river up to Neðri Stafur rock stratum, (300 m. alt.) is a must.
Out of a total of 25 waterfalls, in river Fjarðará some of the most spectacular ones can be seen along the way. At Neðri Stafur rock stratum, the wanderer is presented with an exquisite view over Seyðisfjörður fjord and town, along with a fine selection of berries in late August. The scenic mountains, waterfalls, vegetation, and the history of the town is a wonderful blend that makes this walk unforgettable.

Hafrahvammagljufur

Hafrahvammagljúfur canyon in East Iceland is one of the most impressive canyons in Iceland. It is over 200 meters deep and this impressive canyon stretches about seven to eight kilometers towards the valley Jökuldalur.

Drive north of Kárahnjúkastífla reservoir along a road (fit for SUV) on Lambafell to crossroads by Laugavellir. Drive down to a parking area by Dimmugljúfur canyons. There you will find a sign containing information and the trail running through Hafrahvammar canyon.

Hallormsstaðaskógur

Hallormsstaður National Forest

Hallormsstaður National Forest is considered to be Iceland's largest forest. The forest covers an area of 740 hectares most of which is native birch. Since 1905, the forest has been the site of large scale trials of exotic species.

The forest is a popular outdoor area in a diverse landscape. There are 11 marked trails. A hiking map is in a box at the start of all the hiking trails, as well as the map at Hotel Hallormsstadur. Hallormsstadur host arboretum a tree collection with over 80 tree species.

There are two camping areas in the forest: Atlavík which is located in a picturesque cove surrounded by birch woods and Höfðavík that provides a higher level of services for campers.

Helgustaðanáma

Helgustaðanáma is an old Icelandic spar mine, located above the trail leading from Eskifjörður til Vödlavík inlet. It is partially open to visitors, and there is an excellent walking path leading up to it.

All removal of the spar is forbidden, and the area is a protected nature reserve.

Scientific discoveries made with the aid of Iceland spar from Iceland directly influenced the development of modern society. Progress since its discovery in the 17th century until 1930 in various important fields of the natural sciences and technology would have been delayed by decades if Iceland spar had not been available at that time. As the sole supplier of first-class spar crystals for scientific purposes, Helgustaðir in Reyðarfjörður may, therefore, be considered the most valuable location in Iceland in an international context.

Hengifoss

Apart from having recently been re-defined as Iceland's second-highest waterfall, the Hengifoss is particularly picturesque. The layers between numerous Tertiary lava strata yield a reddish color particularly salient in the cliffs around Hengifoss. Moreover, underway towards Hengifoss, the Litlanesfoss presents impressive stands of basalt columns on both sides of the gorge.

Usually, the climb ends well below Hengifoss, at a point where it can easily be admired without crossing the river. However, if the flow is scarce - as is often the case in autumn - it is feasible to go closer and even enter a shallow cave behind the waterfall.
There is an easy walking path from the highway to Hengifoss, it takes 40-60 minutes to walk from the parking lot to the waterfall.

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Heidarendi

Take the driveway up to and above Heiðarsel farm and turn to the left before you come to the farm Nátthagi. Walk from a sign by the old road above Nátthagi. Walk up to the top and further on to the right where you get to the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. It is pleasant to walk on from Heiðarendi descend and walk back by the old gravel road.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°23.085-W14°33.819

Hnjuksvatn

Hnjúksvatn is a lake on the heath across from Merki farm. Walk from the sign by road no. 923 along Hnjúksá river to Binnubúð hut by Hnjúksvatn. By the hut, you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. An old lady and midwife, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir built this hut for those who wished to visit and enjoy the highlands.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°14.333-W15°15.887

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Hólmanes

Between Reyðarfjörður and Eskifjörður you can visit the Nature reserve Hólmanes. This is an ideal place to enjoy a good walk either down to the sea or up the hills. Birds and remarkable rock formations can be enjoyed in Hólmanes. With luck, you could stumble upon a herd of reindeers.

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Hottur

Höttur (Hátúnahöttur) is a beautiful mountain which lies in the mountain range between Vellir and Fagridalur and is favored by many who live in Egilsstaðir.

Walk from the sign by road nr 1 east of Gilsá river (N65°08,172-W14°31.133), towards Grjótá river by Víðihjalli and up along the river. Onwards and up to Hattarhólar, turn inland and ascend to the top of Höttur (1106 m).

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region.

GPS : N65°07.63-W14°27.25

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Husey

Walk on to the plains out of the Húsey farm, out by Héraðsflói bay. One can choose between two distances to hike a 6 km or a 14 km hike. There are a lot of birds and seals in the area. Walk from the sign which is located inside the gate by Húsey farm, towards the river Jökulsá. Then walk along the banks until you get to the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. It is close to the sea, ca. 3 km from the farm. Then walk on towards the farmhouse along the trail and the circle is closed.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°38.775-W14°14.670

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Hrafnafell

Drive the gravel road up to Fjallssel farm and to the highest spot south-west of Hafrafell. Walk from the sign by the road towards the antennas on Hrafnafell where you can find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. Do walk on to Hafrafellsrétt livestock pen (N65°18.02-W14°29.23) which is man-made of rocks and stones, between cliffs slightly to the east of the trail.

It is also very nice to descend east of Hrafnafell and see Kvíahellir cave (N65°18,359-W14°29,063). If you take the circle the walk is 5.8 km long and a red trail.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°18,304-W14°29,098

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Hvannargil

Walk from the sign by road F905. A circular trail from Kjólsstaðaskora then Vatnsstæði, inside the lowest Hvannárgil creek through all three creeks to the end of the highest. The highest creek is spectacular and ends in a waterfall. The cylinder with the visitors´log and the stamp is in the highest creek. Walk back down Slórdalur.

GPS: N65°16.868-W15°47.418

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Innra Hvannagil

The gorge Innra-Hvannagil is located in Njarðvík near Borgarfjörður Eystri and is accessible from a parking by the road. After about 100 meters you find yourself at the mouth of this marvelous rhyolite canyon, where numerous dark basalt dikes crisscross the bright slopes.

Koreksstadavigi

Kóreksstaðavígi is a beautiful rock of basalt columns. There the Viking Kórekur is said to have fought his enemies to the death and been buried at the site. One drives past Hjaltalundur and takes the road towards the farm Kóreksstaðir. Park your car in an area close to the sign by the gate leading to the farm. Walk on towards the Kóreksstaðavígi where you will find a cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. Standing on its top is an enjoyable experience.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°32.782-W14°10.591

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Mulakollur

Þingmúli divides Skriðdalur into Norðurdalur and Suðurdalur. The Round Road nr.1 lies through Suðurdalur to Breiðdalur. The homestead at Þingmúli was a place of gathering for the Thing in Eastern Iceland for centuries.

The northernmost part of the mountain is called Múlakollur. Walk the ridge from the sign straight up to 400 m. When you reach Múlakollur's top it is pleasant to walk onwards and along the top and descend on the east side a bit south of Múlastekkur. One can also ascend by walking up from Múlastekkur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°01.624-W14°38.049

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Landsendi

Walk from the sign by the road no 917 towards Ker (before crossing the mountain road Hellisheiði) (N65°42.52- W14°24.41), and from there to Landsendahorn cliff. There one can enjoy a magnificent view of Móvíkur. Above them are 200-300 meters high cliffs and hanging rocky slopes called Móvíkurflug. The rock consists mostly of rhyolite of many colors but mostly yellowish, light brown or greenish grey. The cylinder with the visitors' log and a stamp is on the banks above Ker.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65° 43.352-W14°23.300

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Rangarhnjukur

Walk from the sign by the gate to Fjallasel farm, where you take an old road up above the farm. When you arrive up to turn off the road to the right and walk onto Rangárhnúkur where you will find the cylinder with the visitors' log and stamp. On the way back it is a good idea to walk down to Egilssel farm and walk on towards Fjallssel farm. Then you will pass Dansgjá which is a peculiar creek or ravine through tall cliffs west of Staffellsbjörg cliffs right off the road and marks the borders of the farms.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°19.410-W14°35.498

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Raudshaugur

Rauðshaugur is a rock or a hill protruding from the farm Höfði and can be seen widely from Hérað. According to legend it is the burial heap of farmer Rauður or Ásrauður in the sagas and from there two similar heaps can be located, the burial heap Bessahaugur in Fljótsdalur and the heap Ormarshaugur in Fell. Legend Rauður was buried with all his riches.

People are said to have tried digging into the pile of rocks but always had to give up because of a burning vision of the homestead in Ketilsstadir. Walk from the sign by Fagridalur road (N65°14.590 -W14°21.156) along the trail on Egilsstaðaháls towards Rauðshaugur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°12.77-W14°23.01

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Reindalsheiði

Reindaldsheiði is an old marked route between Breiðdalur and Fáskrúðsfjörður. The mail was brought this way in times gone by and therefore the old cairns still mark the trail. The tour, which is verily a feast for the eye, takes 7-10 hours.

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Seven summit´s

Period: summer

By climbing seven of the peaks surrounding the fjord of Seyðisfjörður, one earns the prestigious title of "a Seyðisfjörður Mountain Viking". Mostly exceeding an altitude of 1.000 m, these mountains are as follows: Sandhólatindur, Bjólfur, Nóntindur, Hádegistindur, Strandartindur, Snjófjall, and Bægsli. You´ll find guestbooks and ink stamps waiting on each peak. The cards for summit stamps and further details are available at the information centre in the ferry terminal, tel. +354 472 1551 and at www.seydisfjordur.is

Sandfell

Sandfell is a distinctive 743m. high rhyolite mountain between Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður. The best approach is from the south side of Fáskrúðsfjörður. The trail leaves the coastal road between Víkurgerði and Vík farms and proceeds along the Víkurgerðisá River before cutting west for the peak. The scenery is excellent en route, with views of Fáskrúðsfjörður, Andey and Skrúður islands. The ascent + descent takes approx. 5 hours.

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Selskógur

Selskógur the small forest on the eastern outskirts of Egilsstaðir, mainly consists of birch but also numerous rowans. Inviting woodchip trails of various lengths lure the wanderer to stroll through the peaceful surroundings. A football field and a playground are among other recreational options in the area.

Spanarhóll

Spanarhóll is in the north end of Fjórðungsháls, 591 m high. You drive to the south up Fell to the farm Refsmýri. Walk from the sign by Þorleifará river and up along the river, about 0,5 km. Then you turn from the river and walk towards Hlíðarsel and onwards up the canyon above the ruins upon Fjórðungur on the Fell heath. From there the way to Spanarhóll is easily hiked. There are four hills and people should walk towards all of them. One can also hike to Spanarhóll hill by going up by the Ormarsstaðir river or from Fjallssel up to the edge, and then inland. The cylinder is on top of the biggest hill. At the hill, lore has it that there is a presence of elves or hidden people.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°15.588-W14°41.446

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Stapavík

The historical trading point of Krosshöfði, by Stapavík inlet, lies in a magnificent setting. The trail to the inlet starts above the farmstead of Unaós, leading to the river Selfljót, continuing along its banks to the mouth at Krosshöfði., The trail continues still to the cliffs of Stapavík. In the early 20th century, this trading point was important for the broad valley of Fljótsdalshérað, and goods were brought ashore in the inlet until the late1940s when a road was built over the mountain range to Borgarfjörður Eystri which offers excellent harbor facilities.

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Stórurð

One of East Iceland's most illustrious spots is the Stórurð ("The Giant Boulders"), located to the east of the road leading to Borgarfjörður Eystri. Stórurð lies below the small glacier west of Dyrfjöll mountains. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, charming meadows, and attractive ponds. This wonderful scene can be reached in 2.5 hours on foot from Vatnsskarð pass. To enjoy Dyrfjöll and Stórurð a whole day plan is highly recommended.

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Studlagil Canyon

Stuðlagil Canyon

In the valley Jökuldalur (Glacier Valley) in Austurland - East Iceland there is a marvelous natural site that almost nobody knew about until recently. For a long time it was hidden underwater or until the hydroelectric plant Kárahnjúkavirkjun was built and the water flow in the glacier river Jökulsá á Dal, a.k.a. Jökla, was remarkably reduced. This marvel is the part of Jökla's canyon, which is called Stuðlagil Canyon. Stuðlagil Canyon has one of the most significant and most beautiful basalt columns formations in Iceland.

There are two options to experience Stuðlagil Canyon

From Grund, press HERE for a photo from Grund side. Photo by: Bella Freydís

To view the canyon from the west site, you turn south on the Ring Road nr. 1 to road nr. 923. Then you drive about 19 kilometers to the farm Grund where you will find a parking lot and a path to the riverbank (the walk is about 250 meters or 5 minutes). You can not go down to the canyon from this side.

There is a view down to the canyon and the basalt columns look spectacular. Bear in mind that even though the walk is short, caution is needed because the path is partly very steep.

From Klaustursel, press HERE for view from Klaustursel side. Photo by: Páll Guðmundur Ásgeirsson

To get into the canyon and down to the river, you have to access it from the east side. Then you drive to the bridge by the farm Klaustursel, also be road nr. 923 about 14 kilometers from the Ring Road nr. 1. Bear in mind that you are requested to park your car on the parking lot on the north side of the bridge. From there, you cross the bridge on foot and take on a hike by a track (approx. 5 kilometers) to a place where you can get down into the canyon. You will need to be careful because the rocks and stones can be very slippery. On the way, about 2 kilometers from the bridge, there is an impressive waterfall called Stuðlafoss. The hike is just over 10 kilometers and could take about 3 hours, when including stops by the waterfall and Stuðlagil Canyon. The view from the canyon is impressive with basalt column formation all around you.

It is crucial to keep in mind, either way, you choose, that that the nature in this area is delicate. Stuðlagil Canyon is a new destination and the traffic is steadily increasing but the construction of facilities has just started. Visitors are therefore encouraged to be respectful to the environment and be tidy. In the period from May 1st - June 10th flocks of pink-footed geese breed and lay eggs along the gorge. During that time, visitors are requested to keep to the marked paths and not to interrupt the birds.


Please notice: The glacial river changes color in the autumn. You can follow Hálslón water level on this link to see estimation on overflow.

Stuttidalur

Walk from the sign by road nr. 1 close by Haugaá river. Go through a gate and then walk by the fence approx 600 m. Keep on walking the staked trail. Stuttidalur lies east between Hallbjarnarstaðatindur and Haugafjall. The cylinder with visitors' log and a stamp is by the pond a short distance by Sjónarhraun. If you prefer a different route back the one way is crossing the river and passing through Haugahólar hills on the way to your starting point.

Haugahólar hills were formed by a huge landslide, one of the largest ever from Haugafjall, and lie between Stuttidalur and Vatnsdalur.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region.

GPS : N64°59.173-W14°35.217


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Strútsfoss

Start from the sign near Sturluflöt which is the innermost farm in Suðurdalur, east of Kelduá river. Walk along the banks of Fellsá river on the east side of Villingadalur valley. The waterfall can't be seen until one is quite far into the valley once there one can walk along Strútsgil creek. The cylinder with visitors' log and a stamp is to be found up by Strútsgil creek. You can not get to the waterfall except by going into the creek and crossing the river a few times which can be treacherous.

Strútsfoss waterfall is on the list of nature reserves.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N64°54.194-W15°02.314

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Snæfell

Mt Snæfell towering to 1,833 m, is the highest mountain in Iceland outside the glacier regions. Even so, and despite the omnipresent snow, (Snæfell = "The Snow Mountain), it is fairly accessible from Snæfellsskáli hut. While Snæfell boasts a splendor of its own, it offers a fabulous view, partly overlooking the oasis of Eyjabakkar. Eyjabakkar is a choice habitat for geese. Reindeer can frequently be spotted west of Snæfell, towards Hálsalón reservoir, in addition to other territories in the East Iceland highlands.

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Valtyshellir

Walk from the sign by road no 1 road east of Gilsá river (N65°08,172-W14°31.133), pass the ruins of Hátún which used to be a large farm in the early ages. It is said to have had 18 doors on iron hinges and latches. Remains of old rock fences are visible.

In the 19th century, an ancient sword was discovered there but it was promptly melted down and the metal cast for horseshoes and other necessities. Walk on further and along a flat grassy pasture named Kálfavellir. Valtýshellir is a small cavity further on behind some rubble north of Hjálpleysuvatn lake. The walk is about 8,4 km. The visitors' log and a stamp are by the cave.

GPS : N65°06.410-W14°28.517

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Vestdalsvatn

A great trail for hiking which involves crossing Vestdalsheiði mountain range, from Hérað to Seyðisfjörður. Vestdalsheiði heath used to be a frequently traveled road. People walked along Gilsá river, across the heath, and into Vestdalur valley. Walk from the sign in Fjarðarheiði (N65°15.577-W14°13.524) and head towards the western part of the mountain Bjólfur. You will see the Lake when you get near the mountain.

This is a nice walk in rolling hills. When you get to Vesdalsvatn you can choose between three routes if you don´t want to take the same route back. Down Vestdalur by a staked trail to Seyðisfjörður; down Gilsárdalur valley down towards Gilsárteigur farm (east of Eiðar in Fljótsdalshérað) or go west of Bjólfur mountain down to Stafdalur valley. The cylinder with the visitors' logbook and a stamp is where Gilsá river runs out from the lake. You will need to cross the river if you choose to walk from Fjarðarheiði.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°17.102-W14°17.887

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Þerribjörg cliffs

Drive the main road up Hellisheiði mountain and when you've reached where you are about the highest part, take an off-road trail to the right from there until you've reached Kattárdalsdrög. The trail leads to Kattárdal valley. There is a sign where you can park your car and start walking. The trail is staked to the edge of the cliffs above Múlahöfn harbor. From there (65°45.144 - W14°21.964) lies a trail below the edge, down a rocky slope down to Múlahöfn, one of the natures' masterpieces surrounded by cliffs and huge pillars of rock on two sides.

This harbor was declared an official trading harbor in 1890 but was only used once as such because of the complications when bringing the shipment further on land. From the harbor, walk north to the outer point. From there one can see Þerribjarg and Langisandur shore. The cylinder with the visitors' log and a stamp is by the trail leading down to the beach. Hikers are encouraged to go down and walk along the sand under Þerribjarg cliffs before turning back.

Part of Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region

GPS : N65°45.336-W14°20.990

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Tverárgil canyon

The hiking path runs along Þverá river in Þverá canyon. The canyon is exceptionally beautiful as you can see colorful rock formations from an old volcano, a pleasant contrast to the otherwise dark rocks of the Smjörfjöll mountains.

There is a rich bird life in this area, especially Icelandic highland birds. The view is magnificent over the Hofsá valley and out to sea.

The path is about two hours long and is a little bit upward. Therefore we put two shoes on the difficulty of the hike.

The starting point of the walk is above the Þverá river on rd. 919 - Sunnudalur road.

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Austurland

Towns & Villages

Each town in Austurland has its own characteristics. In some of the coastal villages t, the influence of North European neighbors obvious to everyone. 

The French made a strong impact in Fáskrúðsfjörður where the road signs are made out in French as well as in Icelandic. Norwegian influence is easily detected in the Eskifjörður and Seydisfjörður architecture. No such roots are to be seen in Egilsstadir which is the latest addition to East Iceland agglomeration, founded in the late forties of the 20th century.  

Map Vopnafjörður Borgarfjörður Eystri Egilsstaðir Seyðisfjörður Mjóifjörður Neskaupstaður Breiðdalsvík Eskifjörður Reyðarfjörður Fáskrúðsfjörður Stöðvarfjörður Djúpivogur