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Desolate North Iceland Region Favored by Hikers

Fjördungar is a company specializing in hiking tours in Fjördur on Gjögraskagi, a rural area in northern Iceland. Since its establishment in 1996, local guides have taken 1,200 travelers on hikes there, primarily during the summertime.


Grenivík. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“It is the desolate vastness and the diverse and magnificent landscape that mesmerizes travelers,” Björn Ingólfsson, one of the local guides told Morgunbladid. “You could hike for four days without even once meeting another person.”

The distance covered in the four-day hike from Grenivík to Svínárnes is approximately 45 kilometers.

On day one the group hikes from Gil í Hvalvatnsfjördur to Thönglabakki, an old parsonage in Thorgeirsfjördur fjord. It is now uninhabited but the congregation had roughly 100 members in the 19th century.

On day two and three, the group hikes to the desolate farmlands of Keflavík and Látrar; the distances covered in the first three days are approximately 30 kilometers. On the last day the group travels along the coast of Látrar to Svínárnes.

The highest point of the hike is 500 meters with an option of climbing up to 700 meters above sea level, “where the view is magnificent,” Ingólfsson described.


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