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Leynar - Tórshavn

  • View down over Leynar, with the village gate in the foreground. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • Just above the place Setberg, south of Leynar, there is a very good view down over the village Skælinger and the two valleys south of the village, Gjáarbotnur and Skorðardalur. Notice the high irregular rock wall. This is the sill Streymoyarsyllin, known for its columnar basalt. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • Geologically, the valley over the settlement of Skæling, perhaps especially Stórareyn and Regnsendin (pictured), is very exciting. The reason is that Streymoyarsyllin, as an irregular intrusion, goes up and down the landscape, creating these intriguing formations with column basalt. We will see this in several places on the way to Torshavn. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • Column basalt in the irregular intrusion, Streymoyarsyllin, on the eastern side of Regnsendin. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • View east of Regnsendin, south towards the mountain Skælingsfjall (767 m.). To the right we see the column basalt in the irregular intrusion, Streymoyarsyllin. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • Brynjumannaborð. Anyone who could not lift the stone was not allowed to come with them when they were going to war. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • In the valley Mjørkadalur, the village path comes down on the main road. From here you walk 2 km. south along the main road to the mountain pass Norðradalsskarð, where the path goes up towards the mountain Stiðjafjall, which we can see at the top left of the picture. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • When we come south towards the mountain pass Norðradalsskarð, we can see the village path going up from the road. We follow it up on Norðradalsskarð and from there further up to the flat terrain under the mountain Stiðjafjall (547 m.), which we see at the top of the picture. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • While we walk from Norðradalsskarð up towards Stiðjafjall (547 m.), We have a very good view down over the southern part of the village Norðradalur and the gorge Dalagjógv, with the island Koltur in the background. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
  • The place Kleynsvarði, up by the mountain Húsareyn (345 m.). Here you often see people riding a ride on their horses. Photo: Óli Gardshodn

A long, exciting, diverse trip with lovely views in which a significant portion of the walk takes place along Oyggjarvegur.

If you decide to start the route at Leynar, walking upwards is relatively easy. Once you arrive under Múlan, there is a beautiful view southward on the west side of Streymoy, next to Skælingsfjall, Skælingsbygd, and the grooves further south as well as the view of Koltur from the back. Inside the valley, on the west side, you can see the unique Stórareyn, part of Streymoyarsylli. Walk in through the valley, across the quaint Marknagil and then up under Regnsenda, close beneath the unique columnar basalt.

Once west of Regnsenda, you walk south under Stórareyni, up through the rough terrain by Regnin and then up under Skælingskarð. Here the route runs up to 415-meters high to the great quarry of Landsverk. Be careful! Do not walk too close to the quarry because the equipment on edge is loose. Walk south along the road above the quarry, on the southeast end, and walk back to the path. By the path stands a flat rock called Brynjumannaborð. The tale says that this rock received its name after the northern men held a victory celebration when the southern men fled after the war in Mannafelsdal. On top of this rock lies a stone; the northern men took with them the heavy stone to show their strength, and those who could not heave it up from the base were not allowed to go to war. This stone must have weighed about 225kg. It was customary that calvary people from the south, on the way to competitive riding by Leynavatn, stop and rest by this rock.

Then you will walk south on the side of Hórisgøta. Continue walking southward on the road up towards Sornfelli and down to the large cairn by Mjóstíggj. Here it is beautiful to walk by the view over Núgvuna and Mjørkadal and out across Kaldbaksfjørð. By Mjóstíggj, there has been a landslide which eradicated the path, so it is a bit challenging to come across. During good weather, it is not difficult for reasonably fit people. You will walk down to the station in Mjørkadal by Oyggjarvegur.

From Mjørkadal, you will walk along Oyggjarvegur. Just south of Neytaskarð, you will take the pass upward across Norðradalsvegur and then continue southward up towards the sharp edge of the plain at 400-meters high east under Stiðjafjall. Right above are gorgeous Dysjars. These hills and gravel bunks come from a particular natural event caused by ice pressure from 10.000 years ago. Similar Dysjar are also on Sandoy and Suðuroy.

From here, it is about 8 km of decent path to Tórshavn. The view is excellent and diverse. The walk ends at the parking place above the quarry by Oyggjarvegur (where the fire station is). 
 

Leynar - Tórshavn
Tórshavn - Leynar

Leynar - Tórshavn

Two bus routes pass Leynar:
Route 100/300 Tórshavn – Vestmanna (700 m. walk to where the route starts).
Route 300 Tórshavn - Flogvøllurin – Sørvágur (1100 m. walk to where the route starts).
You will need to ask the bus driver to stop by Leynar.
 

Tórshavn - Leynar

Leynar - Tórshavn
Tórshavn - Leynar

Leynar - Tórshavn

Tórshavn - Leynar

Facts

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5h 15m

Duration

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20.9 km

distance

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420 m

Peak

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800 m

Elevation


family icon No. Although it is easy to walk, it is a long trip of 20 km.
difficulty icon Difficult - The hike is difficult due to the length being more than 10 km. And there is an altitude of 800. A landslide has taken the path steep towards Mjóstígg. It is strictly advised against walking through Mjóstíggj if it is winter during snow or slippiness.
terrain icon Grassy and decent terrain, except for Mjóstíggj, where a landslide has covered the path. In certain areas, there is wet terrain. Gravelly by Regnin Loose content on the path north of Stiðjafjall.
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