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Skagafjordur - Þórðarhöfði island ('Thordarhofdi' or 'Cape Thord')

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Trail stats

Distance
7.74 mi
Elevation gain
2,844 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
2,844 ft
Max elevation
713 ft
TrailRank 
56
Min elevation
5 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
3 hours 42 minutes
Time
5 hours 26 minutes
Coordinates
2279
Uploaded
July 1, 2021
Recorded
July 2021
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713 ft
5 ft
7.74 mi

near Hofsós, Norðurland Vestra (Ísland)

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Itinerary description

Located in the Skagafjordur (8km North from Hofsós village), and just like its twin sisters, Drangey and Málmey, Þórðarhöfði is an early Ice Age volcanic island with vertical high cliffs, rich flora and loads of sea birds.

The difference is that Þórðarhöfði ("Thordarhofdi " or "Cape Thord", in a rough translation) is attached to land, by a thin gravel and boulder ridge of 2,5km long. You don't need a boat to reach it, just a good pair of hiking shoes (walking in the pebbles and rounded stones might be tedious).

The imposing vertical 150-metre-high cliffs on the Eastern seaward side of Þórðarhöfði, with its impressive basaltic formations, are SPECTACULAR and definetely worth the visit. This is the main interest of the walk. Moreover, you will enjoy a splendid panorama of the fjord and the Tindastoll mountain range, on the other banks.

Note that there is no really marked trail on the island, just follow the sheep footpaths nearby the cliffs in order to reach the eastern slopes and thereafter the summit (called Herkonuklettu, alt. 204m).

It may seem obvious but do not get too close to the edges, especially when it's windy.

Last but not least, there is definitely not 867m of elevation !
It's a mistake of Wikiloc, count around 250m.

Waypoints

PictographCar park Altitude 233 ft
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Parking

Easy parking 450m from the main road 76, close to the shores of the lake Hofdavatn and the ridge leading to the island.

PictographPhoto Altitude 55 ft
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2,5 long ridge

Access to the island by a 2,5 long ridge of gravel and boulder. Walking in the pebbles and rounded stones might be tedious.

PictographPhoto Altitude 45 ft
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Photo

PictographPhoto Altitude 42 ft
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Málmey island

PictographPanorama Altitude 49 ft
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Panorama from the island

Outer (Tröllaskagi peninsula) and inner view.

PictographRisk Altitude 58 ft
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Risque

On the island, there is no really marked trail, just follow the sheep footpaths nearby the cliffs in order to reach the eastern slopes and thereafter the summit. Do not get too close to the edges, especially when it's windy

PictographRisk Altitude 139 ft
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Northern cliffs

PictographPanorama Altitude 440 ft
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Panorama

Nice view on the Tindastoll mountains.

PictographPhoto Altitude 430 ft
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Western cliffs

Basaltic formations.

PictographPanorama Altitude 405 ft
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Panorama from the Western cliffs.

View of Skagafjordur.

PictographPhoto Altitude 482 ft
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150m vertical cliffs.

PictographPhoto Altitude 506 ft
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Photo

PictographWaypoint Altitude 520 ft
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Waypoint

From time to time, you find an old trail sign. BTW, the way is simple and circular.

PictographPhoto Altitude 594 ft
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Photo

Some company on your way to the top...

PictographSummit Altitude 630 ft
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View if the summit (southern side)

PictographSummit Altitude 884 ft
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Panoramic view from the summit (called Herkonuklettu, alt. 204m)

PictographRisk Altitude 645 ft
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Risque

Be careful on the descent, the basalt rocks are rather crumbly

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Site archéologique

Cubic stone (cairn?), shaped by the hand of man, in the center of the old crater

PictographWaypoint Altitude 371 ft
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Waypoint

PictographPanorama Altitude 304 ft
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Panorama

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Site archéologique

Round stone (cairn?) located on the island's Eastern, facing the Tröllaskagi mountains.

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