Fyri Vestan: Skeiðsskarð to Norðadalur
When you hike along the old path to Norðadalur, you are on the front row of one of the most wonderful and breath-taking sceneries in the country.
This trip requires some logistics because there is no bus service to take you to start or end point. You can take a taxi or get someone to drive you. Another possibility, if you have two cars at your disposal, is to park one in Norðadal and drive the other car up to Skeiðsskarð, where the route starts. Note that the “parking lot” on Skeiðsskarð is quite rocky, so drive carefully.
From the flat area on Skeiðsskarð, turn left where you will find a grass/gravel road. Already at this point, the view is spectacular. Millions of years ago, the area was a geological playground, which has resulted in the unique rock formations around you.
Enjoy the view of Vágar with the special Trøllkonufingur (Trollwoman’s Finger), which – as far as anyone knows – was first climbed in 2012. To the right is the 767-metre tall Skælingur, which is among the highest mountains in the Faroe Islands. And right above you on the left-hand side, you have the mysterious Sornfelli, which created political friction in the Faroe Islands for many years. In 1963, NATO installed radar equipment on Sornfelli to monitor air and sea traffic in the North Atlantic. Inside the mountain, there are many rooms and winding corridors where NATO servicemen went about their daily work. Ordinary citizens did not have access to this part of the mountain. The activity in Sornfelli led to protests by activists and politicians. In some years during the 80s, peaceful demonstrations were organised where people demonstrated from Mjørkadalur, located on the other side of Sornfelli, to Tórshavn. Since 2010, there has been no military activity on Sornfelli. After about one and a half kilometres, you will arrive at an area with large rocks. Here, the path will be a little hard to see, but you will see the path on the other side of the rock piles. You are now approaching Skoradalsegg. Be cautious about 200 metres from Skoradalsegg, where there is a steep area that can be rocky or slippery.
On the other side of Skorðadalsegg, you enter into another world, with grass and relatively few rocks and stones. There is a special peace that is only broken by the sounds of birds and sheep – and maybe a single boat in the fjord. On the first few metres, the path is a little hard to see, and it may seem like there is no more path. Stick to the path that goes about 50 metres straight ahead and slowly slopes downwards. After about four to five hundred metres, you will find the old path from the village Skælingur. Notice the beautiful cairns, erected with stones from the area. Follow the cairns straight out and up towards Vatndalsegg. The path can be a little steep uphill and difficult, but it is short. The view from Vatndalsegg is worth it. If you are looking for the right place for a coffee break, then this place is highly recommended. Here, you see the beautiful rock formations on Likkureyn and Núgvan. Further out to sea are the islands of Koltur, Hestur and further still Sandoy and Suðuroy. And do not forget the lakes in the valley.
The hill, about 50 to 100 metres on the right-hand side of the path, is called Stroyisklettur. Legend has it that the residents of Norðadalur and Skælingur were in a dispute over the area in Skorðadalur. The farmer in Norðadalur and the farmer in Skælingur fought a battle that the farmer in Skælingur won. The farmer from Norðadalur, whose name was Stroyur, was killed and is said to be buried at the mound, which today bears his name. Skoradalur still belongs to the village of Skælingur today. The path into the valley and past the lakes is difficult to see. Stay to the left of the big lake and the river along the lake. A little further, the river comes together with another river from the left. There, in front of you, is a little hill. Stick to the left of the hill and tread carefully to the edge where you will find a cairn. Here, you will find Áarstíggjur, which is the path towards Norðadalur.
Be careful on the path, which can be slippery and rocky. Continue down towards the road and then left towards the gate.
Duration: Two and a half hours
Distance: Six and a half to seven km
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. A little steep and stony through Áarstíggjur
Maximum height: About 490 m
Children: Suitable for children. However, be extra careful just before Skorardalsegg and Áarstíggjur
Surface: Gravel/grass track, then path partly with cairns. Few places with gravel and rocks, especially at Áarstíggjur
Maps: 409 and 410