Hiking treasures in Egilsstaðir region

  

“Hiking treasures in Egilsstaðir region” is the name chosen for 28 carefully selected walking trails and treasured destinations in the municipalities of Fljótsdalshérað and
Fljótsdalshreppur. The premises of the area covers about 10% of Iceland. The
destinations are waterfalls, lakes, creeks, canyons, small caves and inlets by the 
sea side. Yet, most of the trails include mountain tracks and peaks with a great view.
The Local Touring Club in Fljótsdalshérað has contributed most of the effort and
information to this selection of hiking trails.

Hiking lottery

At each destination a tubular container or cylinder holds information on the site, a
visitors’ log to sign and a unique stamp made for each location. Hikers can buy
specially made cards to bring along on their hike and are for stamping at each
destination. Those can be bought in numerous places such as at the Information
Centre in Egilsstaðir, at the office of Local Touring Club in Tjarnarás 8, 700 Egilsstadir
or at Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center by the camping area. That is how hikers can
document their arrival to the sites, enter a lottery and possibly win rewards. However,
one must have stamps from 9 destinations to enter. Hikers can hand in or send their
stamped cards to the office of the Local Touring Club or to Egilsstaðastofa Visitor Center.
The draw is in September each year.

Hiking Trails

The hiking trails offer a great variety in landscape and length. Some take only an hour
to hike while other walks take a whole day. Most of them are a fairly easy walks or
medium level while in some instances one needs selected equipment for the more
difficult walks – especially in the winter. By all destination is a description of each trail
and an estimated of length and level of difficulty in normal circumstances.The time
estimate includes the walk towards each destination and return to starting point. The
GPS co-ordinates refer to the location of the cylinder at each destination unless
otherwise mentioned.


All visitors of the Hiking Treasures in Egilsstaðir Region are asked to respect its delicate
and precious nature when travelling in the area. According to our legislation on the
reservation of nature, all people can travel across and dwell on land untouched by farming
or private residence without special permit. Do keep in mind the landowners’ wishes,
walk along marked trails and respect farmers right regarding domestic animals and land
for harvesting. Do remember to close gates and be careful with fences. Do leave
information about your planned hike, about your plan B, should problems arise, and about
 your approximate time of return. Try to get in touch if a change of plan occurs- We leave
each destination as we would like to find them.

- We do not leave or bury trash – bring it with you to town.
- We do not put trash in the cylinders or stamp in the visitors logs.
- We do not light fires on undergrowth.
- We do not tear up rocks or stones, do not build rock piles.
- We do not disturb vegetation.
- We do not disturb wildlife.
- We do not spoil the ground.
- We do not disturb the stillness in the wild.
- We do not drive off-road.
- We do follow marked trails. 

Bjargselsbotnar

11836673 10208080675521085 1124877723232536240 nWalk from the Hússtjórnarskóli schoolhouse in the woodlands of Hallormsstaður and follow a light green marked trail that passes through an area where half the mountain slid forward some10.000 years ago. You’ll ascend up to Bjargselsbotnar, onwards to Bjarg and Þverbjarg to Illaskriða or The Cruel Landslide. From there you follow the trail to the Leirtjarnarhryggur ridge.There you can find a cylinder with visitors’ log and a stamp.

Distance and elevation: 4,5 km and 230 m.

GPS Cordinates: N65°05.465-W14°43.031

Eiríksstaðahneflar

Göngumenn við vörðu á Fremri HnefliWalk from Langavorsteinn rock by the river Þverá  south of Eiríksstaðir farm and on to Fremri Hnefill (947 m) where you will find the cylinder with the visitors’ log and stamp. From there one can cross over to the top of Ytri Hnefill (922m) and down to Eiríksstaðir farm. It is also nice to walk over to the ruins of the abandoned (since 1875) Hneflasel farm and between the
two fells on the way back to 
Jökuldalur valley.

Distance and elevation: 10 km and 650 m

GPS Cordinates: (N65°08.617-W15°28.195)

Fardagafoss

fardagaWalk from the parking area up along the river on the north bank until you get to the Gufufoss waterfall. When you get to the ravine you will find a chain linked to the cliffs for support. One can get behind the waterfall. A cylinder with visitors’ log book and stamp can easily be found up there.You can also start this hike in Egilsstaðir town. Walk across the old bridge crossing Eyvindará-river and then turn on to the old gravel road, cross the driveway to Miðhús farm up towards the parking area. 

Distance and elevation: 2 km and 148 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°16.06-W14°19.96)

Grjótgarður við Hjarðarhaga

Grjótgarður fyrir heimasíðu A walk of about two and a half hours, fairly short but quite steep. Park your cars at the crossroads to Hnefilsdalur. Pass through a marked gate and follow the staked trail up along the river Sauðá up to the edge of the slope to the stone wall or fence. Follow the fence until you’ve reached the cylinder with the visitors’ log and stamp.Keep on towards Teigará to the cairn and then walk back for a bit down a staked horse riding trail through Hestagil creek. The purpose of the stone wall is unknown but thought to have been a fence for farm animals. 

Distance and elevation: 7,6 km and 300 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°21.391-W15°00.061)

Heiðarendi

heiðarendiTake the driveway up to and above Heiðarsel farm and turn to left before you come to the farm Nátthagi. Walk from a sign by the old road above Nátthagi. Walk up to the top and further on to the right where you get to the cylinder with the visitors’ log and stamp. It is pleasant to walk on from Heiðarendi descend and walk back by the old gravel road. 

Distance and elevation: 6,8 km and 200 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°23.085-W14°33.819)

Hengifoss

hengifHengifoss is the second tallest waterfall in Iceland,128 meters, in Hengifossá river. One can reach the waterfall from both sides of the river though it is more common to walk up from the
parking area by 
the riverside. Elevation is 300 m. On the way up one gets a view of on of the tallest steeple or pillars of rock by Litlanesfoss waterfall. It is also exciting to walk around the canyon by going up above the edge of Hengifoss, cross the river and walk down the hill on the other side, but that is a longer hike. The cylinder with visitors’ log and stamp is in a grassy spot close to the end of the trail (N65°05.422-W14°53.200)

 

 

Distance and elevation: 4,5 km and 300 m.

GPS Cordinates: (Starting point N65°04.41-W14°52.84)

Hnjúksvatn

HnjúksvatnHnjúksvatn is a lake on the heath across from Merki farm. Follow a trail along the Hnjúksá river to Binnubúð hut by Hnjúksvatn. By the hut you will find the  cylinder with the visitors’  log and stamp.  An old lady and midwife, Brynhildur Stefánsdóttir built this hut for those who wished to visit and enjoy the highlands. 

Distance and elevation: 6,5 km and 300 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°14.333-W15°887)

Höttur (Hátúnahöttur)

hotturHöttur (Hátúnahöttur) is a beautiful mountain which lies in the mountain range between Vellir and Fagridalur and is favoured by many who live in Egilsstaðir. Walk from the road east of Gilsá (N65°08,172-W14°31.133), towards Grjótá river by Víðihjalli and up along the river. Onwards up to Hattarhólar, turn inland and ascend to the top of  Höttur (1106 m). 

Distance and elevation: 10 km and 1000 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°07.63-W14°27.25)

Hrafnafell

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Drive the gravel road up to Fjallssel farm and to the highest spot south-west of Hafrafell. Walk from the road towards the antennas on Hrafnafell where you can find the cylinder with the
visitors’ log and stamp. 
On your way look at Hrafnafellsrétt  livestock pen (N65°18.02-W14°29.23) which is man-made of rocks and stones, between cliffs slightly to the east of the trail. It is also very nice to descend east of Hrafnafell and see Kvíahellir cave (N65°18.359-W14°29.063).

Distance and elevation: 2,6 km and 80 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N 65°18,304-W14°29,098)

Húsey

huseyWalk on to the plains out of the Húsey farm, out by Héraðsflói bay. One can choose between two distances to hike a six km or a fourteen km hike. There are a lot of birds to
watch in the area 
and also seals. It is convenient to start from a walled horse shelter by the road (N65° 38.322-W14°18.097). Walk towards the river Jökulsá, through a gate and walk along the banks until you get to the cylinder with the visitors’ log and stamp. It is close to the sea, ca. 3 km from the farm. Then walk on towards the farmhouse along the trail and the circle is closed. 

Distance and elevation: 6 km.

GPS Cordinates:  (N65°38.775-W14°14.670)

Hvannárgil

hvannárgil1A circular trail through Hvannárgil the sign GPS N65°19.48-W15°51.41 via Vatnsstæði into the lower end of the Hvanná ravine and entirely up it to the uppermost ravine, which has beautiful rock formations and in the middle one is a gorge which is absolutely worth the effort. The highest ravine is very impressive and a waterfall is at its end. Return along Slórdalur
The cylinder with the visitors’ log and stamp is in the highest creek. 

Distance: 14 km

GPS Cordinates: (N65°16.868-W15°47.418)

Kóreksstaðavígi

KorekKóreksstaðavígi is a beautiful rock of basalt columns. There the Viking Kórekur is said to have fought his enemies to the death and been buried at the site. One drives past Hjaltalundur and takes the road towards the farm Kóreksstaðir. Park your car in an area close to the sign by the gate leading to the farm. Walk on towards the Kóreksstaðavígi where you will find a cylinder with the visitors’ og and stamp. Standing on its top is an enjoyable experience. 

Distance: 1,2 km.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°32.782-W14°10.591)

Landsendi

landsendiWalk from the road towards Ker (before crossing the mountain road Hellisheiði) (N65°42.52-W14°24.41), and from there to Landsendahorn cliff.
There one 
can enjoy a magnificent view of Móvíkur. Above them are 200–300 meters high cliffs and hanging rocky slopes called Móvíkurflug. 

The rock consists mostly of rhyolite of many colours but mostly yellowish, light brown or greenish grey.
The cylinder with the visitors’ log and stamp is on the banks above Ker. 

 

 

Distance: 5 km.

GPS Cordinates: (N65° 43.352-W14°23.300)

Magnahellir, Hafrahvammagljúfur, Dimmugljúfur

magnahellir á heimasíðu

Drive north of Kárahnjúkastífla reservoir along a road (fit for SUV) on Lambafell to crossroads by Laugavellir. Drive down to a parking area by Dimmugljúfur canyons. There you will
find a 
sign containing information and the trail running through Hafrahvammar canyon and Magnahellir cave  where you will find the cylinder with the visitors’log and stamp. The farmers in Eiríksstaðir used to keep their sheep in the slopes by Jökulsá river close to the cave called Magnahellir cave which derives its name from the farmer named Magni who was the first one to keep his sheep there in winter.

 

Distance: 1,5 km

GPS Cordinates: (N64°99.252-W15°71.683)

Múlakollur

mulakÞingmúli divides Skriðdalur into Norðurdalur and Suðurdalur. The homestead at Þingmúli was a place of gathering for the Thing in Eastern Iceland for centuries.The northernmost part
of the 
mountain is called Múlakollur. Quite often hikers choose to ascend by the ridge (400 m). When you reach Múlakollur’s top it is pleasant to walk onwards along the top and descend on the east side a bit south of Múlastekkur. One can also ascend by walking up from Múlastekkur. 

Distance and elevation: 6 km and 400

GPS Cordinates: (N65°01.624-W14°38.049)

Rangárhnjúkur

RangárhnjúkurIt is most convenient to walk up along the old road from Fjallsel farm. When you arrive up turn off the road to the right and walk on to Rangárhnúkur where you will find the cylinder
with the visitors’ 
log and stamp. On the way back it is a good idea to walk down to Egilssel farm and walk on towards Fjallssel farm.Then you will pass Dansgjá which is a peculiar creek or ravine through tall cliffs west of Staffellsbjörg cliffs right off the road and marks the borders of the farms.

Distance and elevation: 11 km and 500 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°19.410-W14°35.498)

Rauðshaugur

RauðshaugurRauðshaugur is a rock or a hill protruding from the farm Höfði and can be seen widely from Hérað. According to legend it is the burial heap of farmer Rauður or Ásrauður in the sagas and from there two similar heaps can be located, the burial heap Bessahaugur in Fljótsdalur and the heap Ormarshaugur in Fell. Legends has it Rauður was buried with all his riches. People are said to have tried digging into the pile of rocks but always had to give up because of a burning vision of the homestead in Ketilsstadir. Walk the trail from the sign at Fagridalur road. (N65°14-W14°21.156)

 

Distance and elevation: 8,4 km and 300 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°12.77-W14°23.01)

Sandfell

sandfell1Sandfell is an impressive looking rhyolite mountain in the shape of a ridge and reminds one of a tent because of it’s even slopes which are mostly free of cliffs and by it’s two darker
peaks. 
To climb, walk the trail close to Stóra-Sandfell farm towards a fence then turn and walk up along it,then upwards by the trail on the northern ridge straight to the top which reaches 1157 m. 

Distance and elevation: 14 km and 1050 m

GPS Cordinates: (N65°05.637-W14°30.298) 

 

Skúmhöttur

skumhSkúmhöttur  is  the second tallest mountain in the range between Fljótsdalshérað  and Reyðarfjörður. It consists mostly of rhyolite but the peak itself is of  darker rock  formation. Walk from Þórisá and along the ridge in its slopes all the way up to the top of 1229 m.

Distance and elevation: 14 km and 1100 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°02.548-W14°28.848)

Snæfell

snaefellIceland’s highest mountain (excepting glaciers) or1833 m high. Start from the parking area approx. 1.5 km south of Snæfellsskáli hut. It is a long moderately difficult walk yet the trail is fairly smooth. The trail is staked and suitable only for experienced hikers. Elevation is approximately 1000 m and hikes’ distance is seven to eight km. The mountain is the highest part of a volcanic center. The cylinder with visitors’ log and stamp is up on the mountains’ top. If it is covered or hidden by snow there is a stamp in the Snæfellsskáli hut. 

Distance and elevation: 14 km and 1030 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N64°47.846-W15°33.631)

Spanarhóll

spanarholl2Spanarhóll is in the north end of Fjórðungsháls, 591 m high. You drive to the south up Fell to the farm Refsmýri. From there you walk to Hlíðarsel and onwards up the canyon above the ruins up on Fjórðungur on the Fell heath. From there the way to Spanarhóll is easily hiked. There are four hills and people should walks towards all of them. One can also hike to Spanarhóll hill by going up by the Ormarsstaðir river or from Fjallssel up to the edge, and then inland.The cylinder is on top of the biggest hill. At the hill, lore has it that there is presence of elves or hidden people.

Distance and elevation: 14 km and 473 m.

GPS cordinates: (N65°15.588-W14°41.446)                       

Stapavík

stapav

Hikers leave from a small parking area near the driveway leading to the farm Unaós and walk along the river Selfljót. An ideal stop would be by Krosshöfði landing which in 1902 was made an official trading harbour.

You will find the cylinder with visitors’ log book and stamp by the old winch in Stapavík. Merchandise was shipped to Stapavík until the nineteen thirties. An old trail lies from Krosshöfði through Gönguskarð to Njarðvík.

Destination: 10 km.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°36.17-W13°57.97)

Stórurð

storurdHikers start from the facilities cabin in Vatnsskarð (65°33,71-13°59,56) to crossroads (65°31,10-13°59,36) south of Mjóadalsvarp. 

Hikers are always advised to go by the staked trails. In Stórurð you will find a box with visitors’ log book and stamp. Few other trails lead back from Stórurð. 

You can walk towards Vatnsskarðsvegur (65°33,71-13°59,56) or you can go to Njarðvík (65°33,05-13°58,24). The best time of year to hike to Stórurð is from the middle of July to the middle of September.

 

Distance and elevation: 15 km and 430 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°30,88-W13°59,79) 

Strútsfoss

struts

 Start from Sturluflöt which is the innermost farm in Suðurdalur, east of Kelduáriver. 

Walk along the banks of Fellsá river on the east side of Villingadalur valley.The waterfall can’t be seen until one is quite far in to the valley.

Once there one can walk along Strútsgil creek.The cylinder with visitors’ log and a stamp is to be found up by Strútsgil creek. One can also cross the river via a 

bridge on Strútsá river. You can not get to the waterfall exceptby going into the creek and crossing the river a few times which can be treacherous. 

Strútsfoss waterfall is on the list of nature reserves.

 

 Distance and elevation: 8,5 km and 229 m

GPS Cordinates: (N64°54.194-W15°02.314)

Stuttidalur

stuttidalurWalk from the sign by the gate close to the road by Haugaá river. The trail is staked. Stuttidalur lies east between Hallbjarnarstaðatindur and Haugafjall. The cylinder with visitors’ log
and a stamp 
is by the pond a short distance by Sjónarhraun. If you prefer a different route back the one way is crossing the river and passing through Haugahólar hills on the way to your starting point. Haugahólar hills were formed by a huge landslide, one of the largest ever from Haugafjall, and lie between Stuttidalur and Vatnsdalur. 

Distance and elevation: 4 km and 100 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N64°59.173-W14°35.217)

Valtýshellir

valtys3Walk from the main road  east of Gilsá river (N65°08,172- W14°31.133), pass the ruins of Hátún which used to be a large farm in the  early ages. It is said to  have had 18 doors on iron hinges and latches. Remains of old rock fences are visible. In the 19th century an ancient sword was discovered there but it was promptly melted down and the metal casted for horseshoes and other necessities. Walk on further and along a flat grassy pasture named Kálfavellir. Valtýshellir is a small cavity further on behind some rubble north of Hjálpleysuvatn lake.

The visitors’ log and stamp is by the cave. 

Distance: 9 km.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°06,410-W14°28,517)

 

Vestdalsvatn

vestdalsA great trail for hiking which involves crossing Vestdalsheiði mountain range, from Hérað to Seyðisfjörður. Vestdalsheiði heath used to be a frequently travelled road. People walked along Gilsá river, across the heath, and into Vestdalur valley. Walk from the sign in Fjarðarheiði heath  GPS N65°15.577 - W14°13.524 and head to the mountain Bjólfur. When you get near the mountain you will see Vestdalsvatn. When you get to Vesdalsvatn you can choose between three routes if you don ́t want to take the same route back. Down Vestdalur by a staked trail to Seyðisfjörður; down Gilsárdalur valley down towards Gilsárteigurfarm (north of Eiðar in Fljótsdalshérað) or go west of Bjólfur mountain down to Stafdalur valley. The cylinder with the visitors’ log book and stamp is where Gilsá river runs out from the lake. You will need to cross the river if you choose to walk from Fjarðarheiði.

Distance: 11 km

GPS Cordinates: (N65°17.102-W14°17.887)

Ysti - Rjúkandi

Ysti - Rjúkandi is a waterfall by the main road (no 1) and is the newest in our Hiking Treasure collection. 

This is a popular destination with 35.000 - 40.000 visitors each year. There is a good marked hiking trail from the car park to the waterfall where the cylinder with visitors´ log and stamp is located.

The height of Ysti-Rjúkandi was measured 139 meters from the top edge and down which makes it the highest (or rather the longest, since it runs down in terraces) waterfall in East Iceland. 

Þerribjarg

terribj2Drive the main road up Hellisheiði mountain and when you’ve reached up, take an off-road trail to the right from there until you’ve reached Kattárdals-drög. The trail leads to Kattárdal valley. There is a sign where you can park your car and start walking. The trail is staked to the edge of the cliffs above Múlahöfn harbour. From there (65°45.144 - W14°21.964) lies a steep trail below the edge, down a rocky slope down to Múlahöfn, one of natures’ master pieces surrounded by cliffs and huge pillars of rock on two sides. This harbour was declared an official trading harbour in 1890 but was only used once as such because of the complications when bringing the shipment further on land. From the harbour, walk north to the outer point. From there one can see Þerribjarg and Langisandur shore. The cylinder with the visitors’ logand stamp is by the trail leading down to the beach. Hikers are encouraged to go down and walk along the sand under Þerribjarg cliffs before turning back. 

Distance and elevation: 10,7 km and 580 m.

GPS Cordinates: (N65°45.336-W14°20.990)

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