Moorland Breidadalsheidi (610 m) is among the highest lying roads of the
country between the bays Onundarfiord, Skutulsfjordur and Sugandafiordur.
Avalances often caused accidents and loss of lives. Sometimes the
travellers tried to trigger avalances by shouting out loud before they
entered the dangerous areas.
The so-called Westfiord Tunnel was officially opened in September 1996
after it had been open for traffic since the autumn of 1995. It
connects the town Isafiord with the villages Sudureyri and Flateyri.
The total length of the tunnels is 9,120 m. and about 2,000 m are double
laned. The elevation of the road through the tunnels is 199 m.
Eyrarfjall (360 m.) is a summer shortcut between the bays Isafiord and
Mjoifiord. Just of the headland between the bays is the third island
of the gulf Isafjardardjup, Borgarey.
Moorland Dynjandisheidi (500m) lies between cove Dynjandisvogur of the Arnarfiord Bay, above cove Geirthjofsfjordur
cutting the slopes of the steep Mt Botnhestur, across Mts Hornataer and
the southern shoreline of the Westford Peninsula at Bardastrond.
Moorland Gemlufallsheidi (283 m.) lies between the Bear Valley of the
Onundarfiord Bay and the Dyrafiord Bay. This area is one of the stages
of events of the so-called Gisla Saga. In the Bear Valley are the ruins
of the farm Arnkelsbrekka, also a part of the events of Gisla Saga. The
ruins of the summer and winter pasture houses of the reverends of Holt
are also in the valley. The shepherds had to stay there alone for long
periods of time during winter and had noone to talk to other than the
WESTFJORDS & STRANDIR SAGA TRAILS
Moorland Glamuheidi was a much travelled mountain area between the
Borgarfiord and Dyrafiord bays. Its starting point from the north was
farm Botn on the Dyrafjordur
Bay. From there people travelled to the bays Skotufjordur, Mjoafjordur
and Isafjordur in the north and Arnarfiord in the south. This morland
area is mentioned in the so-called Sturlunga Saga, and it probably was
one of the most travelled mountain area of the Westfiords in the past.
Moorland Halfdan (Tunguheidi; 500 m.) lies between the village
Bildudalur and the Talknafiord
Bay and then continues to the south across the short moorland area
Mikladalur (369 m.) all the way to St Patrek’s Bay.
Moorland Hrafnseyrarheidi (552 m.) lies between Valley Brekkudalur of
the Dyrafiord Bay and Valley Hrafnseyrardalur of
the Arnarfiord Bay. Closest
to the Dyrafiord Bay the road crosses the mountain shoulder Brekkuhals
of Mt. Sandafell. This moorland has demanded many lives of travellers,
who have become disoriented in blizzards and stepped over cliffs.
Moorland Hornataer is an ancient mountain trail between the bays
Vatnsfiord and Arnarfiord.
Moorland Kleifaheidi (404 m.) lies between the Bardastrond Coastline and
the St Patrek’s Bay. The road workers built a cairn in the shape of a
man on its northern edge with a member of parliament and a farmer in
Moorland Kollafjardarheidi (462 m.) lies between Valley Laugabolsdalur
on the Isafiord Bay and the Kollafiord Bay. This
23 km long road was much travelled and well marked.
Moorland Steingrimsfjardarheidi (439 m.) lies between the Steingrim’s
Bay up to Moorland Thorskafjardarheidi and Valley Langidalur at the end
of the Isafiord Gulf. The road connecting the
small fishing town Holmavik with the inhabited areas on the gulf was
opened in 1984. The moorland is flat and dotted with small lakes.
Moorland Trollatunguheidi (420 m.) lies between Valley Geiradalur and
the Steingrim’s Bay. It is undulating, rocky, boggy, and dotted with
many small lakes. On a fine day the panoramic view from the moorland is
excellent, and its highest point is Midheidarborg (470 m.). Just west
of the moorland is Valley Arnkotludalur with it s two abandoned farms.
The distance between farms Gautsdalur and Trollatunga on each side is 23
Moorland Thorskafjardarheidi (490 m.) lies between the bay
Thorskafjordur and the valley Langidalur at the end of the Isafjordur Gulf. The road across was constructed in
1940-46. During summer the road is much travelled and the panoramic
view from up there on a fine day is excellent.
Moorland Steinadalsheidi (300 m) lies between the Gilsfiord Bay of
District Bardastrandasysla and the Kollafiord Bay of District
Strandasysla. It is passable by big 4wd vehicles and jeeps during