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.
The mountain with its shored-up slopes looms above, along with a waterfall near the house.
Once we start walking along the ridge of the avalanche wall, we can see the pretty little town below.
Looking north, we can see the opening of the fjord to the Greenland Sea.
As the sun is out and it’s warming up a bit, I can finally walk without multiple layers and jacket.
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.
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.
We make our way back down the mountain.
Back in town, we make a quick stop to walk around the marina and the brightly-colored cafes.
And then we’re on our way to Dalvík. 🙂