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Road 60 at the pass on the Hrafnseyrarheiði between Arnarfjörður and Dýrafjörður in the Westfjords

The Hrafnseyrarheiði plateau is located between Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður in the West Fjords of Iceland .


The pass road of the same name is part of Vestfjarðavegurs S60 , which begins at Brattabrekka at the Baula volcano in West Iceland and from there leads around the southern West Fjords to Ísafjörður .


It establishes the connection between the hamlet of Hrafnseyri on Arnarfjörður and the place Þingeyri on Dýrarfjörður and rises to an altitude of 552 m.

Especially on the Arnarfjörður side, there are very steep serpentines on the unpaved road. There's a four-wheel drive very helpful. Then it goes down to a small plateau. Then the road climbs again to lead steeply downhill to Dýrafjörður for a shorter stretch.

It is one of the highest mountain passes in the country. Especially in winter this is a significant obstacle to traffic. The snow depth is said to have reached 22 m here in winter. Since autumn 2017, the 5,601 m long Dýrafjarðargöng has been driven about 10 km east through the mountain. It is to replace this pass road in autumn 2020.

Even in earlier times, this crossing was considered dangerous. Time and again people were killed in the process. A gorge on the southern side is even called Manntapagil ( Eng . The murderous gorge ).

Hiking in the area

The area is now a popular hiking area, not least thanks to the extinct Tjaldanes volcano with the highest mountain in the Westfjords Kaldbakur .

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Vegahandbókin. Ed. Landmælingar Íslands, 2006, 578
  2. The snow plow driver from Hrafnseyraheiði. Retrieved April 5, 2019 .
  3. Íslandshandbókin. Náttúra, saga og sérkenni. 1. bindi. Edited by T. Einarsson, H. Magnússon. Örn og Örlygur, Reykjavík 1989, p. 248
  4. Hiking trails in the Westfjords (English); Retrieved September 18, 2012

Coordinates: 65 ° 49 ′  N , 23 ° 21 ′  W