Distance: 11-12 kilometres. Route: Iceland Forest Service ľ Skar­sdalur Siglufjar­arskar­ ľ G÷ngudalur ľ Eggjar - Hraun.
Maximum elevation: 620 m. Hiking time: 4-5 hours.

From the vantage point above the Iceland Forest Service in Skar­sdalur valley, you can still see the traces of the ancient main road that linked Siglufj÷r­ur to Skagafj÷r­ur fjord and the Fljˇt area. It is therefore proper to begin the hike over the Skar­i­ pass from this place. The easier route to take would be to follow the road, but those who are more experienced in steep uphill walking can take a shortcut between the windings and bends in the road. The lowermost windings pass through what is called the Grashˇlar terrain. When you get further up, the route lays at an angle to the south up the hill over the Ůvergil ravine and the Ůvergils÷ldur dunes directly to the last bend at the bottom of the Skar­dalsvik recess. Many places on this route offer a beautiful view. The road then bends to the north up under the Afglapaskar­ pass and Skar­shnj˙kur peak and ends in the Siglufjar­arskar­ pass. Following this the route goes downhill to Fell, a landslide that divides the upper part of Hraunadalur valley to the north, and the G÷ngudalur valley. Higher up in the Fell landslide, you return to the old mountain trail, which is visible there on the northern edge of the G÷ngudalur valley. Thereafter you walk downhill following a distinct but rocky path and across over the mouth of the G÷ngudalur valley and then continue onwards downhill towards Brei­afjall mountain. The front promontory of the mountain is called Selfjall mountain and above it you hike up to the Ytri-Eggjar belt and to the south along the Ytri-Eggjabrekkur slopes.

For part of the route, the path leads to the bare edge and from there you have a good view over the Innri-Tjarnardalir valleys and the Heljartr÷­ field. An overgrown gully that extends from the edge and down below the main road is called Leignamannalßg. This location is where several people from Siglufj÷r­ur died from exposure during their trip to the Hˇlastˇll bishopry. There is relatively plentiful vegetation there ľ small birch and berry shrubs ľ and the autumn colours are beautiful; but when you get further to the south you enter the Grjˇtskßlar basin area to your left and then it is only a short distance to the Innri-Eggjabrekka slope and the lower part of the Sau­dalur valley and finally your walk takes you to the south of the Sau­dalsß river down to the main road above the Hraun farm.

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