north iceland: a hike along the avalanche wall above siglufjörður

Wednesday, August 17:  A woman at the tourist information/library suggests that we can take a hike along the avalanche-repelling fence backing up the town of Siglufjörður by looking for the 1936 house and then following the trail up. We find the house and begin our hike.

Starting the hike at the 1936 house
Starting the hike at the 1936 house

The mountain with its shored-up slopes looms above, along with a waterfall near the house.

waterfall beside the 1936 house
waterfall beside the 1936 house

Once we start walking along the ridge of the avalanche wall, we can see the pretty little town below.

looking down on Siglufjörður
looking down on Siglufjörður
Mike walking the path above Siglufjörður
Mike walking the path above Siglufjörður

Looking north, we can see the opening of the fjord to the Greenland Sea.

view of Siglufjörður and the fjord
view of Siglufjörður and the fjord
Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður

As the sun is out and it’s warming up a bit, I can finally walk without multiple layers and jacket.

me above Siglufjörður
me above Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður

It takes a while to figure out how to get from the avalanche wall to the mountainside, and we actually have to backtrack and go down the steep wall on the town side to go around the end of the wall. Then we hike up and up, looking at the backside of the wall.

the avalanche walls of Siglufjörður
the avalanche walls of Siglufjörður
the path above the avalanche walls
the path above the avalanche walls
looking up
looking up
the avalanche walls and Siglufjörður
the avalanche walls and Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður and its avalanche walls
Siglufjörður and its avalanche walls
shoring up the mountains
shoring up the mountains
the path back down
the path back down

We meet up with an Austrian hiker who has a lot more time than we do.  We’ve determined that we can walk as far up as we can go until 1:00, at which time we need to turn around to walk back down and drive back to Dalvík for our 3:00 whale-watching tour.  The Austrian hiker parts ways with us at 1:00 to follow some of the 19km of marked paths above the avalanche-repelling fence and above the town.  You can see him walking up the mountain in the photo below.

a stranger goes off into the wild
a stranger goes off into the wild
Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður

We make our way back down the mountain.

walking back down to Siglufjörður
walking back down to Siglufjörður
the fjord
the fjord

Back in town, we make a quick stop to walk around the marina and the brightly-colored cafes.

marina at Siglufjörður
marina at Siglufjörður
marina at Siglufjörður
marina at Siglufjörður
marina at Siglufjörður
marina at Siglufjörður
Siglufjörður marina
Siglufjörður marina
brightly colored cafes near the marina
brightly colored cafes near the marina
brightly colored cafes near the marina
brightly colored cafes near the marina
marina at brightly colored cafes near the marina
marina at brightly colored cafes near the marina

And then we’re on our way to Dalvík.🙂

 

15 thoughts on “north iceland: a hike along the avalanche wall above siglufjörður

  1. This looks a beautiful little walk, Cathy! My cup of tea. Reminds me- the food on the next post looks good too. 🙂 🙂 You know I’m away for a couple of weeks but I’ll share this on my next one. Hugs, darlin’.

    1. This was a fun walk but we felt a little rushed having to get back for the whale watching. It would have been fun to follow that other hiker into the higher trails.🙂 As for the food, many people complain about Icelandic food, but as I love seafood, I really enjoyed it! Mike also enjoyed his lamb meals, and even though I’m not much of a meat eater, I loved his meals too!🙂

  2. Mike walking the path above Siglufjörður – what a terrific photo! That looks like heaven, the thin air making the colours so painfully bright but so beautiful and clear and sharp against the sky! Beautiful!!!

      1. I have absolutely no one to walk with, neither canine nor human, so I walk with my audiobooks, they make the time go very fast! I am now reading about the rise and crash of the Blackberry company, which started just down the road from me and which has left tons of huge vacant buildings which I can see from my balcony! Never mind the 10,000 jobs lost here thanks to their demise. Fascinating story though! And I barely realize it when an hour or two has gone by and I am done my walking for the day!

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