The Siglufjordur mountain route
Siglufjordur used to be a totally isolated fjord, with a prosperous village, but the only way to get there, until 1967, was by foot/horse over the Siglufjardar-skard mountain pass, or by boat on the sea to Siglufjordur. A narrow but well kept trail has been used for the last 1100 years to go over the mountains, through the one available option to cross the steep mountains, by foot or horse, through the Siglufjardar-skard pass, in 630 m height above sea level. This is the trail our viking ancestors used, and the people that lived here until just a few decades ago. The scenery is breathtaking. We start close to the ocean, go by the hillside, and slowly go higher and higher up, by a narrow breathtaking trail, with a lot of view over the ocean and the mountains. This is a safe route and most people enjoy it tremendously, I would not recommend it though for those that have severe fear of heights or for beginners/novice riders. History and nature speaks to you from every rock and flower. Then we ride up a beautiful valley surrounded by steep mountains, and go from grassy areas in the lowland to tundra-like arctic highland flora, and often pass snow on the hillside even though it’s high summer, we might even still cross snow for a few hundred meters in as late as August. The valley does though provide good shelter and usually the weather is mild there. From the narrow pass we can look over the Siglufjordur fjord, down by the ocean on the other side of the mountain pass. We ride back in unspoilt nature, on a safe, easy, yet historic road, with a super view. A break for refreshments is done in the pass.
Duration and price:
4-5 hours, price 25000 ISK (ca. 177 EUR/ca. 192 $) per person. Minimum number of participants is 2.
Intermediate experience or very experienced, and riding fit.