The South Section begins from the gorgeous hot springs in Arnafjörður. The route climbs up and over an impressive mountain pass having twisted through an Icelandic birch forest that lends the landscape a colourful softness. Once across the pass, we make a long and jagged descent past waterfalls, gorges and along rolling contours that leave you feeling ensconced by the wild. We end the day at a hot spring that abuts the ocean.
A remarkable day lies in wait! Having made the most of the hot spring the night before, you will feel prepared to tackle a tough section of walking through vegetated valleys, chiseled gorges and moon-like plateaus of endless rock. We end beside two stunning lakes, looking out over our final destination, the south coast of the Westfjords.
We follow an old cairn way in the morning, helping us descend a valley full of solitude and watery reflections, finally emerging onto a fantastic 10km beach that is appropriately named, Rauðasandur, (Red sand beach). We spend some time foraging around the tidal flats before walking the length of the beach; it is incredible for its sheer vastness, its lack of people, and deep earthy colour. Finally, we climb up and walk a stretch of sea-cliff to finish at the day´s campsite.
Day 4 is Látrabjarg, an immense stretch of sea-cliff that is home to millions of nesting sea-birds in the summer months. Yes, millions! Puffins, Kittiwakes, Fulmars, Gulls, Razorbills, Guillemots and more. They´ll encircle and amaze us as we make the steep climbs and dare to near the vertical edges that drop into the sea hundreds of meters below. The area is hoping to become a National Park, and Wildfjords are partnering with the local landowners to support that process.
Day 5 is a day of culture, relaxation and celebration for all those who have walked the distance! We will visit a heritage musuem, art gallery and eat some very traditional delicacies.