Hvanndalir from HÚ­insfj÷r­ur

Distance: 6-7 kilometres. Route: VÝk ľ VÝkurhˇlar ľ VÝkurbyr­a ľ Vestaravik - Hvanndalir.
Maximum elevation: approximately 800 metres. Hiking time: 4-5 hours.

The hike starts from the abandoned farm VÝk in HÚ­insfj÷r­ur and you go north along the VÝkurhˇla hills in the mouth of VÝkurdalur valley. To the north-east towers VÝkurbyr­a mountain. The best way to go up Byr­a mountain is to hike along the shoulder where the south-western and the western sides of the mountain are joined ľ this is a relatively steep route but easily doable. When you get to the mountain ridge, you have a view that reaches far and wide. From there the trail leads down VestaravÝk recess, which lies in a curve and leads down to the bottom of Hvanndala valley, and from there you follow a 2 km long route along Hvanndalaß river out towards the seafront. Here a breath-taking magnificence reigns in all directions. To the west, the Hvanndalabyr­a mountain encloses the bottom of the valley. To the east Mi­degishyrna mountain and mount Hßdegisfjall rise up above the landscape, the latter being closer to the sea. The SVF═ emergency shelter stands on the high seafront and to the west of the river the ruins of the last HvanndalabŠr farmhouse can be seen. To the east of the river, you find the Ëdßinsakur farm, which features ancient ruins. From here, the route goes east to Selskßl basin, a horseshoe-shaped mountain Ĺhallĺ reminiscent of a concert hall created by nature. The last occupants in Hvanndalir left in 1895. One of the reasons for which Hvanneyrarhreppur bought the farm was so that the homestead would remain abandoned.





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