ICELAND Travel & Trails

Hiking in Seydisfjordur- Avalanche Barrier Trail on Mt. Bjolfur


Hiking in Seydisfjordur was one of the highlights of our October trip in Iceland.  It’s been on my list of places to visit since I saw the movie ‘Life of Walter Mitty’. The views of the eastern fjord from that skateboard scene was pretty amazing! On our drive over, I was researching on hikes that would give us a similar view. The only thing that came up on my search was a poster of a boy standing at the edge of a mountain overlooking a breathtaking view Seyðisfjörður.

This wasn’t an easy hike to locate.  However, after a stop at the visitors centre in Egilsstaðir, a town just before Seydisfjordur , we got a hold of the GPS co-ordinates. There we bought a hiking map of east Iceland,  that listed the Avalanche Barrier Hike. The hike is located on Mt. Bjolfur, which is one of the seven mountain peaks that surround Seydisfjordur. Here are the co-ordinates for the trail: N65° 15′ 50.838″ W14° 3′ 21.190.

Seyðisfjörður

The drive into the trailhead was just off the main road going into town, we passed by a sign for Mt. Bjolfur, confirming that we were in the right place. We followed the GPS co-ordinates, however, our rental car had a hard time going through the muddy and rocky road. We decided it was best to ditch the car on the side of the path and walk the rest of the way.

It was a rainy day, and the fog was so thick in the mountain, that at times I couldn’t see 10 feet in front of me. We were walking in the clouds and the grazing sheep was our only company. At times the fog would clear and we could catch a view of the top of the mountain, then it would fade again.

After an hour of hiking we saw some large cairns close to the edge of the mountain. Just a short scramble up some rocks and we were offered a gorgeous view overlooking Seyðisfjörður. We later found out that this was not the official viewpoint. We hiked up the trail some more and found the proper viewpoint, complete with safety barriers and a parking lot. There was  a plastic tube with a guestbook for hikers to check in. We were thrilled when we saw another Canadian listed in the book.

Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjörður

Seyðisfjörður

The parking lot up Mt. Bjolfur is the official start of the trailhead for the Avalanche Barrier Hike. We hiked onward alongside the gigantic barriers.  I can’t even imagine how much snow accumulates here in the winter.  The scenery was beautiful on the short trail, it felt like i was in a set for Game of Thrones.  Satisfied with our accomplishment, we hiked back to our car.

Seyðisfjörður

Hiking in Seydisfjordur

Iceland Mushroom

A tiny almost translucent mushroom we found on our hike up Mt. Bjolfur in East Iceland.

I’m so happy that we were able to find this trail and take the time to complete the Avalanche Barrier Hike. There is definitely more to see and do in East Iceland.  However, our time was limited and we had to drive on.

Helpful Tips for Hiking in Seydisfjordur:

  • GPS co-ordinates for Avalance Barrier Hike N65° 15′ 50.838″ W14° 3′ 21.190
  • As always in Iceland, wear layered clothing and have hiking shoes ready at all times
  • When driving into Seyðisfjörður, take the time to drive around the fjord. There are more hiking trails that takes you quite close to some waterfalls. One of the trails just past the buildings in town is Vestdalsfossar. 

    hiking iceland Seydisfjordur

    hiking iceland Seydisfjordur

    hiking iceland Seydisfjordur

  • Bring a good camera for a nice shot of the large Seyðisfjörður sign in town. We saw it lit up at night and it looked pretty awesome. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get a good shot with my Iphone.
  • If you would like to see where the GPS co-ordinates fall on the map please click here for a link to the interactive map.

 


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