Eysturoy

Kambsdalur to Skálabotnur

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Gain peace of mind and enjoy the views of Fuglafjørður and Skálafjørður on this lovely hike past Trælavatn in the mountains.

Start at the scout hut in Kambsdalur. The trail starts at the creek. Climb the fence. It’s hard to find a clear path and there are no cairns here. Walk diagonally upwards to the left (south) and stay roughly in a straight line from the road that goes up between the high school and the sports hall .

First, you walk by the old peat strip belonging to Fuglafjørður. On Skarðsbrúgv, you arrive at a gorge. Walk towards the edge of the gorge where there is a passage up to Skarðsbrúgv . There, you will see the first cairn. You will have an excellent view over Fuglafjørður and the surrounding mountains. To the far south under Borgin, a rocky knoll juts out, called Eingilskahús (The English House). Here, a man kept watch in hostile times, as you can see both northwards and southwards. Spotting a hostile ship, he would run over Eysturskarð to warn the village by lighting a fire, which people in the old days used to send warnings and messages over long distances. To the north, there is also a view towards Kalsoy with the spiky Nestindur, with its 788 metres, towering skywards, and Kunoy with its distinctive, huge notch in the otherwise solid wall of rock. To the east Ritafjall (also called Leirvíksfjall) and if you gaze down you see an old road. This is the first road to Leirvík. On the way down to the seashore, you will find Varmakelda – a hot spring, which in the old days was believed to have healing powers. Today, the spring is a popular tourist attraction.

This area is also shrouded in mystery. In the late 1800s, two girls were on their way on foot from Leirvík to Eiði where they intended to visit for 14 days. The girls disappeared without a trace and a search began across the northern part of Eysturoy. Things that belonged to one of the girls were found under Varmakeldueiði. Residents of Fuglafjørður had seen two ships from Shetland near Varmakeldueiði and a boat rowing towards the shore. There are theories that the girls might have been kidnapped and taken aboard the ships.Their fate is still unknown. You now come to Trælavatn where there is a large colony of Herring Gulls in the summer. There are also Oystercatchers, Geese and other birds. Apart from the sounds of the birds, there is a meditative peace here. You must keep to the north side of the lake where you come in on the old path. The path is level, but the terrain is uneven and rocky. There are some cairns showing land boundaries in the outfield approximately 100 metres south of the trail . Be careful not to go the wrong way!

When you see the long fjord south towards Toftavatn with Nólsoy in the background, the village cairn path slowly turns to the right . On the other side of the fjord, you have the beautiful Reyðafelstindur in front of you. Be careful when you go down through Rossastígar, as it is steep in some places. It can be difficult to spot the cairns. The cairns are further down on the plain. Walk towards them.

The best place to walk along the river down to Tundradalur is on the south side (left side). Legend has it that once upon a time there were four men from Hattarvík on Fugloy called Floksmenninir who wanted to conquer all of the Faroe Islands. They ruled with iron fists, but were eventually captured and sentenced to be thrown off the steepest area by Valaknúkar . Their sentence was carried out and they were buried at Tingsteinur  under Valaknúkar. Walk down on the main road near the petrol station. If you want to go further, you can continue from Skálabotnur to Selatrað. It takes about three and a half hours more.

FACTS

Duration: Two hours

Distance: Three and a half km

Difficulty: Moderate. Somewhat difficult to come up from Kambsdalur, then the path follows flat terrain until it starts to go down towards Skálabotnur

Maximum height: 373 m

Children: The route is reasonably suitable for children. However, be careful down from Trælavatnaskarð and down Rossastígar

Surface: Partly hard-to-see grass path up to the area before Trælavatn. From there, grass/stone path with cairns. In some places, stones and rocks

Maps: 411 and 511

Special comments: The settlement Skálabotnur is sometimes called Skálafjørður

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