Hßkambar

Distance: 23-24 kilometres. Route: HeljarrÚtt in Kolbeinsdalur ľ Heljardalur ľ Deildardalsj÷kull ľ Unadalsskar­ ľ Hßkambar ľ Unadalsj÷kull ľ Hvarfdalsskar­ ľ Hvarfdalur ľ Lßghei­i.
Maximum elevation: 1,050 metres. Hiking time: 12-14 hours.

Taking the Hßkambar route means taking the route between Kolbeinsdalur and the Fljˇt area. This route was taken by many people, both by Hˇlar students and farmers from Hjaltadalur and Kolbeinsdalur who got their supplies in Ëlafsfj÷r­ur. The Hßkambar route is described here starting from the HeljarrÚtt fold in Kolbeinsdalur valley. You can get to the HeljarrÚtt fold by fording the Kolbeinsdalsß river. The river is voluminous on warm days because of thawing ice. You start by hiking along a path up the Heljabrekkur slope and into the Heljardalur valley to the Kabagil canyon. During the hike you need to cross the Heljarß river which can be quite difficult during a thaw and in that case you need to find a ford to get across. The path is followed until you arrive at Kambagil canyon and then you turn from the path on the Heljardalshei­i heath and the course is set along a gravel plain in the direction of Deildardalsj÷kull glacier. The course must be set to the right of mount Deilir, which is a cone shaped mountain rising up from the glacier at the bottom of Seljadalur valley. To the left of mount Deilir is the Afglapaskar­ pass. Deildardalsj÷kull glacier has, just like other glaciers in the Tr÷llaskagi peninsula, been shrinking in recent years and at present there is little left of it north of mount Deilir. In some places, the route is therefore more difficult to pass than previously, especially after the snow melts and you have to walk over the glacial scree. From the glacier, the route takes us across the bottom of Seljadalur valley and now we set a course for Unadalssskar­ pass. There is an easily passable path which leads onto the Unadalsj÷kull glacier which can be treacherous and with fissures, in particular late in the summer. The way up the glacier and up to Hßkambar is a gravel ridge between Skallßrdalur valley and Unadalur valley. From Hßkambar the view is strikingly beautiful in all directions. The ridge is easily passable, but at one point it is cut by a foothill where you are able to see an ancient trail probably made by humans and part of an age-old main trail along the Kambar. When you get past the ridge, you will need to go out onto the glacier again and the course is now taken for Hvarfdalsskar­ pass. There is a scree with large rocks which is slowly passable when you go down from the ridge that leads out on the glacier. If there is enough time, it is interesting to walk up the southern mountain side of mount Einstakafjall and observe the views to the east and to the west. This is the only point where you are able to view the populated areas of Hofsˇs, the Fljˇt area and Ëlafsfj÷r­ur. From this point you will be able to receive a mobile connection (65░52,662┤ and 18░57,001┤). From mount Einstakafjall the distance to Hvarfdalsskar­ pass is very short. There is also a trail to Mˇafellsdalur valley and from there the route lies down to the Fljˇt area. When you arrive at the Hvarfdalsskar­ pass, you will find a well-made cairn and from it there is easy passage down to Hvarfdalur valley and across Drykkjarß river to the Lßghei­arvegur road.





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