Siglunes

Distance: 15-16 kilometres. Route: Rßeyri ľ Sta­arhˇll ľ Kßlfsdalur ľ Kßlfsskar­ ľ Nesdalur ľ Siglunes ľ Nestß.
Maximum elevation: 450 metres. Hiking time: 6-8 hours.

We set off from the Rßeyri airfield and walk among the ruins of Evanger's herring plant, which was destroyed in an avalanche from the Skollaskßl basin in 1919. From there, we hike over the Sta­arhˇll hill, which is a small distance further to the north, and there we will be able to see the ruins of the farm house of the same name. When passing along the Sta­arhˇlsstr÷nd beach, one is well advised to follow the sheep trails that run along the roots of the hillside. Past the SelvÝkurviti lighthouse we arrive at the Kambalßgar depression and higher up appears the Kßlfsdalur valley with its small lake. We continue our hike into the valley cornerwise into the Kßlfsskar­ pass to the south-east. Looking towards the south-west, the back of two of Siglufj÷r­ur's landmark mountains ľ Hestskar­shnj˙kur and Sta­arhˇlshnj˙kur ľ lays before us, and further out and smaller is the Hinrikshnj˙kur mountain peak. From the pass, the path is easy down towards the opening of the Nesdalur valley. At this point we have a long hike ahead of us down to the ocean with the Rey­arß river winding its way in a myriad of bends to our right. The outer part of Nesdalur valley is covered with vegetation.

East of Rey­arß river, there is farm with the same name and from there we walk in a westerly direction along a road cleared through the land to Siglunes point. Nesn˙pur peak rises up above the Siglunesviti lighthouse and a little bit further to the north on a level gravel area is the site where British and American military forces were based during World War II. We now reach Siglunes point itself and the road leads us past the ruins of a manor house with the same name which stood there ever since the time of Ůormˇ­r Rammi, the Viking settler, and up until the second half of the 20th century. Travellers are encouraged to complete their hike at the Nestß tip, where the ruins of an ancient fishing booth are still visible. To the west of this tip, there are extensive shallows that are called Hellan ľ meaning Ĺthe slabĺ ľ and to the north are the Svarth÷f­asteinar ľ Ĺthe black head bouldersĺ ľ while Slysfarir ľ Ĺthe casualtiesĺ ľ are nearest to land to the south. The same route is taken on the return journey.





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