Kambsdalur – Skálafjørður

  • Hiking-Villagepath-Faroe-Islands-Kambsdalur-Skálabotnur
    Hiking the Villagepath from Kambsdalur to Skálafjørður in the Faroe Islands. Photo: Chris Riefenberg
  • Hiking-Villagepath-Faroe-Islands-Kambsdalur-Skálabotnur
    Skálafjørður in the Faroe Islands. Photo: @simon_vilgertshofer
  • Hiking-Villagepath-Faroe-Islands-Kambsdalur-Skálabotnur
    Photo: @dominiclars

Gain peace of mind and enjoy the views of Fuglafjørður and Skálafjørður on this lovely hike past Trælavatn in the mountains

Start at the kindergarden in Kambsdalur. The trail starts at the creek. Climb the fence. It’s hard to find a clear path and there are no cairns here. Walk diagonally upwards to the left (south) and stay roughly in a straight line from the road that goes up between the high school and the sports hall.

 

First, you walk by the old peat strip belonging to Fuglafjørður. On Skarðsbrúgv, you arrive at a gorge. Walk towards the edge of the gorge where there is a passage up to Skarðsbrúgv. There, you will see the first cairn. You will have an excellent view over Fuglafjørður and the surrounding mountains. 

 

To the north, there is also a view towards Kalsoy with the spiky Nestindur, with its 788 metres, towering skywards, and Kunoy with its distinctive, huge notch in the otherwise solid wall of rock. To the east Ritafjall (also called Leirvíksfjall) and if you gaze down you see an old road. This is the first road to Leirvík.

 

You now come to Trælavatn where there is a large colony of Herring Gulls in the summer. There are also Oystercatchers, Geese and other birds. You must keep to the north side of the lake where you come in on the old path. The path is level, but the terrain is uneven and rocky. There are some cairns showing land boundaries in the outfield approximately 100 metres south of the trail. Be careful not to go the wrong way!

 

When you see the long fjord south towards Toftavatn with Nólsoy in the background, the village cairn path slowly turns to the right. On the other side of the fjord, you have the beautiful Reyðafelstindur in front of you. Be careful when you go down through Rossastígar, as it is steep in some places. It can be difficult to spot the cairns. The cairns are further down on the plain. Walk towards them.

 

The best place to walk along the river down to Tundradalur is on the south side (left side).

 

Legend has it that once upon a time there were four men from Hattarvík on Fugloy called Floksmenninir who wanted to conquer all the Faroe Islands. They were captured and sentenced to be thrown off the steepest area by Valaknúkar. Their sentence was carried out and they were buried at Tingsteinur under Valaknúkar. Walk down on the main road near the petrol station. If you want to go further, you can continue from Skálabotnur to Selatrað. It takes about three and a half hours more.

Kambsdalur – Skálafjørður
Skálafjørður - Kambsdalur

Kambsdalur – Skálafjørður

Public transport
Route 400 stops in Gøtudalur where you can transfer to Route 410 that stops in Kamsbdalur. 

Arriving by car
Parking, Kambsdalur
Park at the parking lot by the Sportshall in Kambsdalur

  • Parking-Startingpoint-Kambsdalur
    See green line for parking and blue line for starting point.
  • Parking-Kambsdalur
    Park by the sportshall in Kambsdalur

Skálafjørður - Kambsdalur

Public transport
Route 450 stops in Skálafjørður. If you take Route 450 to Skipaneskrossur there is a connection to Route 400 which drives to both Tórshavn and Klaksvík.

Arriving by car
Parking, Skálafjørður
1) By the gas station EFFO or 2) by the congregation Keldan further down the road in Skálafjørður.

  • udklip-map-parkering-and-startingpoint-jpg
    See green line for parking and blue line for startingpoint
  • Parking-Skálabotnur
    See green line for parking 1) and blue line for startingpoint
  • Parking-Skálabotnur
    See green line for parking 2) and blue line for startingpoint
Kambsdalur – Skálafjørður
Skálafjørður - Kambsdalur

Kambsdalur – Skálafjørður

Skálafjørður - Kambsdalur

Facts

path icon
1h 45m

Duration

path icon
3.7 km

distance

hilltop peak icon
385 m

Peak

family icon
290 m

Elevation


family icon The route is reasonably suitable for children. However, be careful down from Trælavatnaskarð and down Rossastígar
difficulty icon Medium - Moderate. Somewhat difficult to come up from Kambsdalur, then the path follows flat terrain until it starts to go down towards Skálafjørður
terrain icon Partly hard-to-see grass path up to the area before Trælavatn. From there, grass/ stone path with cairns. In some places, stones and rocks
0°C
0 m/s
Weather forecast

Available guided tours