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Klaksvík Hálsur Klakkur

At the small mountain, Klakkur, experience a magnificent view of the beautiful islands in the north.

The route starts at the parking lot below the church in the centre of Klaksvík. Walk approximately 100-200 metres towards the roundabout. Turn right and walk 25-50 metres to Vágstún, then to the left about 600 metres along Uppsalagøta and then Nýggivegur. Turn right and continue along Oman Eið, approximately 500 metres before you reach the roundabout. Follow the road Niðan Horn about 400 metres. Turn right and enter a partially unpaved dirt road, which has been nicknamed Ástarbreytin (The Love Path) . The gravel road continues all the way up to Hálsur. You can also drive up to Hálsur by car and park there. Note that the gravel road is somewhat uneven. Even though the path up to Klakkur is not well marked, it is very easy to find. Standing at the outfield gate, head for the highest point north of you. There is also a cairn that you see straight away and can use as a landmark. Start walking through old peat fields. It is grassy all the way up to Klakkur with scarcely a single tiny stone. This is one of the few places where it is possible to ski in the winter. Many birds breed here: Oystercatcher, Arctic Skua, Snipe, Golden Plover, Whimbrel, and Lesser Black- Backed Gull. Ravens can also be seen, and Rock Pipits inhabit the remains of peat storages. In the valley just south of Hálsur is what the old folk called á Vaktini . Legend has it that people sat watching out for hostile ships here.

When you have nearly come up the mountain and look down the west side, you can see Fagralíð . Fólkaháskúlin (Folk High School), which was founded in 1889, originally stood here, until it was moved to Tórshavn. Símun av Skarði, a Faroese writer, poet and co-founder of Fólkaháskúlin, wrote the national anthem ”Tú alfagra land mítt” here in 1906. Be careful when you get to the top of Klakkur. It is very steep in some places. The view from the top is excellent. To the west, Leirvík, Gøtunes and Mjóvanes. Looking further south you see Nólsoy if visibility is good. Kalsoy lies to the north like a long snake on the sea. For many years, the island’s nickname was “The Recorder” because of the many tunnels. There are four villages on Kalsoy. Syðradalur is on the southern tip, then Húsar, Mikladalur and Trøllanes on the northern tip, which cannot be seen from Klakkur. People come to Mikladalur to see the statue of Kópakonan (Seal Woman), which is based on a local village legend.

Kunoy is the tallest island in the country. There are six mountains over 800 metres. Eastwards, you see Haraldsund, and Klaksvík spread out below. There were originally four villages here: Í Uppsølum, Í Gerðum, Á Myrkjanoyri and Í Vági.

When you come down from Klakkur, you see Halgafelli in front of you and then Háfjall. On the other side of Klaksvík, you see Myrkjanoyrafjall and Kjølin (The Keel), named so because it looks like the keel of an upturned boat.

The route ends in the same place as it began.

FACTS

Duration: Three hours. Hike from Hálsur to Klakkur is about one and half hours

Distance: Eight to nine km

Difficulty: Easy

Maximum height: 413 m

Children: Suitable for children

Surface: First dirt road, then grass path

Maps: 611 and 612