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near Ófeigsfjörður, Strandasysla (Ísland)
It's become difficult to persuade Icelanders to participate in traditional multi-day camping trips. This was a trip organised by my hiking club, Útivist, and we had hoped for far more participants than the three friends of mine who actually signed up. Still, the small number certainly didn't reduce our enjoyment of the trip!
I appear not to have uploaded any pictures from this trip - I'll have to do something about that I guess.
It seems incredible that people used to bring horses across this mountain pass, the slope seems impossibly steep.
Our first camp was in beautiful Drangavík. We first had to wade across the river, then camped on the far side with a view towards the pinnacles of Drangaskörð.
04-JUL-06 20:55:52 Our second camp site was on the northen shore of Bjarnarfjörður. We had waited for low tide before wading the fjord (yes, that's how you cross this river!) and then pitched our tents in this lovely spot. The picture shows the others crossing the fjord.
River crossing - small river
A natural (warm) pool is found just past the river Húsá (which has been bridged using driftwood). The local farmer charges a small fee for bathing.
Leave the backpacks at the pass and walk to this summit - the views are fantastic
04-JUL-06 10:36:46 The lowest of the various routes around Drangaskörð, Göltur is only passable at low tide.
Following the coastline is an alternative to the pass but makes for slow going, having done both I recommend the pass!
The largest river in the Westfjords, Hvalá would be difficult to ford - but it's been bridged so you don't need to.
05-JUL-06 10:32:38 - 05-JUL-06 10:32:38
A small river, easily forded. The northern bank is a great place to pitch a tent although that didn't suit our schedule on this trip.
Ófæra means "impasse" - and at high tide that's exactly what this is! You can still proceed around Drangaskörð but have to pick one of the higher passes.
05-JUL-06 16:26:49 - If forded at the right location this glacial river is no obstacle.