Fuglafjørður - Hellurnar

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    Children rowing in Fuglafjørður. Photo: @kirstinvang
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    Harbour in Fuglafjørður. Photo: @kirstinvang
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    View from the gate in the village fence over Fuglafjørður. The village path starts just above the western end of the football field. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    Cairn at the place of Botnur, above Fuglafjørður, approximately 250m from the pass. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View down over the valley over Hellurnar. On the way down from the pass Fuglfjarðarskarð to Hellurnar, you come to this cairn at Vørðhamar which marks the path up/down through the crag. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View down through the valley over the village of Hellurnar. The path runs along the old peat sheds. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The characteristic signpost over Hellurnar, which show where to go up / down through the steep slope called Spreingisbrekka. The stones marking the path have yellow marks painted on them. Photo: Óli Gardshodn

A pleasant walk between the magnificent mountains of Fuglafjørður along the old village path to Hellurnar

The route begins at the football pitch in Fuglafjørður. By the road west of the football pitch, you will find the path Skarðsrás. Take it up to a gate that leads you out to a meadow, about a 50-metre walk. Continue on the path for another 200 metres until you reach the gate to the outfield.

 

From here, it can be difficult to see the path, but at a slight right angle you will be able to spot the first cairn about 500 metres away. Above the cairn is a ridge called Rossaryggur. Traces of the path are seen winding up through it.

 

Facing west, you have views over Fuglafjørður to Mt. Blábjørg, the pass Jøklaskarð, Mt. Gjógvaráfjall and Niðan á Hús, where people from Fuglafjørður hid from pirates in the past. Further up, you will find the ledge Nón (which the sun hits at the hour of “nón,” that is 3 p.m.), the pass Breiðaskarð, Mt. Kambur, the pass Trælavatnaskarð, and Mt. Tyril.

 

Top Fuglafjørður, an organised hike to the 10 peaks around Fuglafjørður, is sometimes held in September. With its 18-20 kilometres, the hike is demanding but also exceptionally beautiful. For further information, contact the local tourist information office.

 

The path from Fuglafjørður to Hellurnar is called Sjúrðargøta. Legend has it that a giant from Suðuroy came to the village of Oyndarfjørður to test his strength. No one dared to fight him. The people of Oyndarfjørður urged Sjúrður, the farmer, to challenge the giant. He wanted his youngest son, also named Sjúrður, to try. They wrestled and Sjúrður the younger beat the giant. His father paid him well for this feat.

 

At the top of the pass Skarðið, you will find two large cairns. According to old custom, each time one crosses the pass, three small stones are to be thrown at the cairns while saying: “In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” This is meant to both protect you from getting lost and bless your trip. To the north of Skarðið, you can see the village of Oyndarfjørður and the mountains Tindur, Knúkur and Sandfelli. On the first Sunday of August, an open-air public meeting with speeches and songs is held at Skarðið. 

 

The hills Hulduheyggjar are to the west as you descend from the pass. Here, the story goes, the midwife of Dalbøur in Fuglafjørður aided a Huldre woman (a type of rock troll) in childbirth, a service for which she was richly rewarded.

 

Another story says that the farmer in Oyndafjørður and a farmer in Fuglafjørður named Gullbrandur fought over land. Gullbrandur was killed and hid in the cave Gullbrandshellið and later buried in Gullbrandsleiði, both of which you will find along this path.

 

Approaching Hellurnar, the path takes you down through the crag Kliv. From here, continue down the hill Spreingisbrekka. It is a little steep until you reach the outfield gate.

 

If you want to continue on a slightly longer trip, walk to Oyndarfjørður and follow the route by the old village path from Oyndarfjørður to Elduvík.

 

The path has been redirected in a few places near Hellurnar. The new path is marked with yellow marks painted on rocks and other objects along the path. These marks are easy to spot.  

Fuglafjørður - Hellurnar
Hellurnar - Fuglafjørður

Fuglafjørður - Hellurnar

Public transport
Both Fuglafjørður and Hellurnar can be reached with public transportation.

Route 410 drives to and from Fuglafjørður (Fuglafjørður - Gøtudalur – Klaksvík)

Arriving by car
Parking, Fuglafjørður
You can park by the side of the road above the football pitch in Fuglafjørður—see the green lines. From here, follow the blue line to reach the village path.

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    See green lines for parking and blue lines for starting point
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    See green lines for parking and blue lines for starting point.
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    Follow the blue line to get your trip started
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    First gate above Fuglafjørður

Hellurnar - Fuglafjørður

Public transport
Both Fuglafjørður and Hellurnar can be reached with public transportation Route 481 drives to Oyndarfjørður (Skálabotnur – Oyndarfjørður).

Arriving by car 
Parking, Hellurnar
It is reasonably easy to find parking places in Hellurnar. Down in the village, just next to where the path starts, there is a parking lot above the road that takes a few cars. Elsewhere, there is good parking by the end of the main road, down by the quay, about 160 metres from where the path starts. You can also park by the church when there are no church services. See the green lines.

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    See the green lines for parking and blue lines for starting point
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    See green lines for parking and blue lines for starting point
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    See green line for parking
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    See green lines for parking and blue lines for starting point
Fuglafjørður - Hellurnar
Hellurnar - Fuglafjørður

Fuglafjørður - Hellurnar

Hellurnar - Fuglafjørður

Facts

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1h 30m

Duration

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3.1 km

distance

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353 m

Peak

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309 m

Elevation


family icon Suitable with children from the age of 6. Somewhat steep up from Hellurnar through the hill Spreingisbrekka
difficulty icon Medium - The first stretch up through the hill Spreingisbrekka at Hellurnar is a little strenuous
terrain icon Grass-covered and good for walking throughout. Somewhat steep up from Hellurnar through the hill Spreingisbrekka
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