Walking trails Central of South Iceland

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Walking trails

There are a number of various walking and hiking trails in Árborg and Flói. The list below provides information about a few of these marked trails. All of them have excellent views of the area, both mountain and ocean views. In this region are a lot of birds as well as domestic animals such as horses, sheep and cows.

  1.  INGÓLSFJALL MOUNTAIN.  The hike up Ingólfsfjall is at the mountain’s, south side by Djúpidalur valley, the valley is next tot the gravel mine seen from route 1. The trails is on the east side of the mine. The hike takes about 4-5 hours and the elevation is about 500m. The mountain is a bit steep but some parts of the slope are easier to walk along the way. The length of this route is about 14-16 km. Once up, there is great view of the region, the mountains and the south coast.
    Difficulty: Moderate

  2. HELLISSKÓGUR WOODLAND. There are a few walking trails in Helliskógur which is a woodland of about 126 hectares. All of the trails are on flat land and it waonðt take more than 1-2 hours to walk, so this area is very suitable for the whole family. In the forest there is a cave called Einholtshellir, also known as “big cave” by the locals. This cave has a lot of history and you can read about it on page 45. 
    Difficulty: Easy

  3. ÁSAVEGUR TRAIL. The Ásavegur road is a historical trail, ideal for well-equipped hikers. The trail goes through a water protection area and this is the ancient main route from Eyrarbakki village through the countryside to the north and east. The walking trail is about 14,5 km long and it takes about 4,5 hours to walk, or you can shorten it and walk about 6 km. On rainy days the rail can be muddy.
    Difficulty: Easy

  4. THE IRRIGATION AT FLÓI. Head east on route 1 when you exit the town Selfoss. Shortly you will see Ölvisholt road (nr.303 on the left) on which you keep going until you see the main canal of the irrigation to the right. There you will find a sign with information about the irrigation. Towards the east of the irrigation is a marked trail. The walking distance one way is about 4,4 km.
    Difficulty: Easy

  5. SOUTH COAST TREKKING. Down by the seaside, south of the down Selfoss, is a trail leading between the villages Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki. The trail is flat, straight and about 4 km along the seashore. The sourrinding landscape is very nice and the lava coast Is rich with wildlife like birds and seals. The walk is suitable for the whole family.
    Difficulty: Easy

  6. FLÓI BIRD RESERVE. In the reserve is a nice walking trail. From road 34, close to the village Eyrarbakki, you turn north on a gravel road and go to a farm called Stakkholt, where you can park. From the parking lot you will see a bird watching shed in the wetland. In the bird reserve area is a walking trail that is about 2-2,5 km long, depending on the water level of the wetland. This walk is ideal for the whole family but be careful, your feet could get wet. Panoramic view.
    Difficulty: Easy.

Here you can find a map of walking trails in Árborg and Flóahreppur on pdf

Walking trails in Árborg and Flóahreppur

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The south of Iceland has several towns and villages, each with its own style, charm and points of interest. Selfoss is the largest town and has a variety of shops, services, many restaurants and fast food places. Most towns are close to the main route, making them accessible and enjoyable.

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