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