The walking track to Herjólfsdalur

See the full story on my new website: www.wildernesscoffee-naturalhigh.comThe walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic.

There are many beautiful walks around the island of Heimaey. The track from the harbour up the backroad to Herjólfsdalur and Dalfjall is probably my favourite. It circles around the ridge above Herjólfsdalur, and the density of spectacular sights and features is just incredible. There are glorious views in all directions, and down the other side to the ragged cliffs rising up from the sea. You don’t need to haul yourself up on ladders or ropes to do this walk. Although it has some rocky and very steep sections, especially on the path up or down in Herjólfsdal itself.

If you’re really lucky and if the conditions are right, you might even encounter this magical sight.

Distraction rate

It takes about 1,5 to 2 hours to complete the main track at a leisurely pace, but the distraction rate is very high. It’s beautiful around every corner, and there are lots of hidden corners and side-tracks to explore if you feel so inclined. Most of these are hardly more than sheeptrails, winding their way around steep slopes and jumbled rocks.

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur

The distraction rate is very high… ;-)

This is a short summary. You can find the full description & more pictures on my new website: ∞ The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic.

This walk can be done in both directions. The easiest way is to start from the back of the cliffs rising up at the narrow end of the harbour.

View into Herjólfsdalur, Heimaey, Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland

Dramatic views…

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur

Lush gullies with jumbled rocks and little beaches.

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur

Sea cave, ‘The Crocodile’ and Upsaberg.

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur

The Herjólfsdalur ridge track, with some tricky sections along the way…

Other tracks

You can also go down towards the little house at the bottom of Upsaberg – that giant plug sticking out towards the sea – and the hidden beach of Stafsnes. Or, if you’re still on a natural high and up for another challenge, continue up to the imposing steepness of Blátindur… ;-)

The Valley of Magic. It’s intimidatingly beautiful, whichever angle you look at it.

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur

You can read how to get to Vestmannaeyjar in this article.

(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High

The walking track to Herjólfsdalur

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