Saksun - Haldórsvík

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    View down on the ancient Dúvugarður in Saksun. To the right the church from 1858. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    Views up in 173m down on Saksun and the valley in Saksun, which is the longest in the Faroe Islands. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The very beautiful iconic narrow canal into Pollin í Saksun. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View up from Víkarstíggjur down on the estuary of Saksun. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    From the pass Víkarskarð at 587m altitude there is a 3 km. long peaceful solitary trip down to Haldórsvík. The closer you get to the village, the higher and more magnificent the cairns become. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The path down to Haldórsvík. It is a joy to walk along these magnificent cairns, which can be seen from a long distance. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The stairway up through the steep cliff above Haldórsvík is a bit of a masterpiece. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The waterfall at Kluftá right up from Haldórsvík. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The beginning of the path that goes up from Haldórsvík to Saksun. Photo: Jan Kellr - @jpkay

The hike is beautiful. Walking from Haldórsvík you get beautiful views up through the gorge by the hillock Vesturyheyggjur

The hike between Saksun and Haldórsvík is beautiful, walking from Haldórsvík toward Saksun likely being the nicer direction as you get beautiful views up through the gorge by the hillock Vesturyheyggjur, and it is always lovely to walk down toward Saksun. Saksun is also a good place to end your hike by meandering down to the cove.

 

At times the path is not visible, making it paramount to follow the cairns. However, as you turn off the path that goes toward Tjørnuvík, there are no cairns the first 700 metres, making it difficult to know which direction to take. The right path is to go a bit up into the hills and so avoid ending up in the craggy area Gjótustíggjur.

 

Having entered the valley Skipádal, cairns lead you up to the pass Víkarskarð. Having crossed the pass, take a left, where you will immediately spot a cairn. From here, cairns lead you all the way down to Haldórsvík. The stretch from Víkarskarð down to Haldórsvík may seem to take quite a long time to walk.

 

If starting in Haldórsvík and having reached Víkarskarð, take a left and go about 100 metres southward before you follow the cairns through Skipádal.

 

Saksun - Haldórsvík
Haldórsvík - Saksun

Saksun - Haldórsvík

There is no public transport to Saksun. 

In Saksun, there are big parking lots by the church. (see photo)

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    See green line for parking and blue line for starting point.
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    The beginning of the village path in Saksun goes up on the first crag and the to the left. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The village gate in Saksun. Photo: Óli Gardshodn

Haldórsvík - Saksun

Parking, Haldórsvík

There is plenty of parking in the parking lot above the church (see the photo) 

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    See green line for parking and blue line for starting point
Saksun - Haldórsvík
Haldórsvík - Saksun

Saksun - Haldórsvík

The route starts at the parking lot below Dúvugarðar, located on the north-easterly side of the great gorge in Saksun. Dúvugarðar is a several hundred years-old listed farmhouse, which now functions as a museum.

Walk about 50 meters and turn right when you have crossed the bridge at Skipá and walk about 2-300 meters uphill through the infield along the river.

When you get into the outfield, climb the first hill - about 30 vertical meters, around the same height as the start of the waterfall. From here, you need to look diagonally upwards towards the northeast. On the hill in the horizon you see a cairn about one kilometer away. Use it as a landmark. During the first 200 meters, you walk in roughly the same height and then reach the path that leads up to the cairn.

Haldórsvík - Saksun

Facts

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3h 15m

Duration

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7.5 km

distance

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586 m

Peak

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561 m

Elevation


family icon Suitable with children over 10 years
difficulty icon Difficult - The ascent from Saksun is steep and at times muddy. This stretch can be challenging. The rest of the path is easy
terrain icon The path above Saksun can be wet and muddy. When you leave the path that goes to Tjørnuvík, the terrain is grass covered and good for walking for the rest of the hike. The area west of the pass Víkarskarð is fairly steep
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