Hˇlsskar­

Distance: 15-16 kilometres. Route: Hˇlsdalur ľ Hˇlsskar­ ľ ┴mßrdalur - HÚ­insfjar­arvatn - VÝk.
Maximum elevation: 630 metres. Hiking time: 6-8 hours.

The hike begins at the Siglufjar­arbŠr town water supply. You walk along the Fjar­arß river southwards along the slopes of Hˇlsfjall mountain above the Stˇrhˇll hillock and the Gßlgafoss falls. The trail lies in a curve towards the south-east and there you see the Almenningshnakki mountain (929 m), the highest mountain in Siglufj÷r­ur fjord. High up in the bottom of Hˇlsdalur valley under the Hnakki mountain is a prominent rock protuberance, the Draugaklettur rock. Before you reach Hˇlsskar­ pass, the trail leads up a short but rather steep scree. On this trail, it is very easy to lose one's way in dark cloudy weather. From the pass you may see the mountains in the bottom of the HÚ­insfj÷r­ur fjord and to the south-east between the two ┴mßrhyrnur peaks (upper and lower) lies the ancient Botnalei­ trail to Ëlafsfj÷r­ur where people used to follow the uppermost mountainside ridges and descended into the Skeggjabrekkudalur valley. From the pass, the trail leads down to the uppermost foothills of ┴mßrdalur valley, where the trail goes along a gravel plain with sparse vegetation. You can follow the brooks that flow into what ultimately becomes the ┴mß river, which falls in several cataracts and cascade pools before it reaches the HÚ­insfjar­arß river. South of the river are the overgrown ruins of the abandoned farm ┴mßr. Now the trail goes along the land and banks of the HÚ­insfjar­arß river, which winds its way north to lake HÚ­insfjar­arvatn. East of the river you can see the ruins of the M÷­ruvellir homestead opposite ┴mß and further down the concrete bare walls of the Grundarkot farm are standing. At the south-eastern corner of the lake stands the farm Vatnsendi which was abandoned in 1949. The way to VÝk is easily passable.





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