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in Dyrfjöll

Stórurð, on the western flank of Dyrfjöll, is a hiker’s paradise, an extraordinary place scattered with huge rocks and small glacial ponds. The best time to hike the area is from mid-July (after snowmelt) to mid-September.

Five access trails begin at various points along Rte 94 or from the village of Borgarfjörður Eystri; stop at the Stórurð information station to read up.

The trail that leads from the information station is the most frequently used, but you are encouraged to widen your experience and help distribute visitors by taking a different route down.

A good plan is to take trail #9, beginning from the parking area on Vatnsskarð pass (7.5km or 2½ hours to reach Stórurð), then looping back along trail #8 (7.1km). These are marked on the Borgarfjörður Eystri & Víknaslóðir Hiking Map – Trails of the Deserted Inlets. Allow yourself at least five hours return.