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Herjólfsdalur is intimidatingly beautiful, whichever angle you look at it. It looks like a giant natural amphitheatre, with stupendous rocks rising up on all sides as you enter the valley. The track from Heimaey harbour up the backroad to Herjólfsdalur and Dalfjall is one not to be missed. 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.
The Valley of Magic. It’s intimidatingly beautiful, whichever angle you look at it.
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…
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 to explore.
This is a short summary. You can find the full description & more pictures on my new website: www.wildernesscoffee-naturalhigh.com ∞ The walking track to Herjólfsdalur – The Valley of Magic.
The distraction rate is very high… ;-)
The walk can be done in both directions. The easiest way is to start from the narrow end of the harbour, go up the path to the HáHá plateau, along the ridge above Herjólfsdalur, and down into the valley at the other end, at the base of Blátindur.
You can also start from Sprangan, behind the harbour and go up a slightly gentler slope. This walk takes about 1,5 to 2 hours to complete at a leisurely pace – but the distraction rate is very high. The path leads up to the eastern cliffs of Herjólfsdalur, where you can look straight down into its intimidating depths (not recommended if you are prone to vertigo ;-)
Lush gullies with jumbled rocks and little beaches.
The Herjólfsdalur ridge track, with some tricky sections along the way…
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… ;-)
Herjólfsdalur is where the yearly Þjóðhátíð festival in August takes place. On the last evening, the mountainside is set alight with a row of flames along the entire length of the valley – a truly magnificent sight to see! :-)
You can read how to get to Vestmannaeyjar in this article.
(c) Nancy Claus – Wilderness Coffee & Natural High
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