Hike: Mountain Lady lain

Vestdalseyri / Vestdalur valley

A walk to Vestdalur Nature Reserve, Vestdalur lake and the Mountain Lady cave.

The route was used to transport mail and trade in the old days between Seydisfjordur and other towns in East Iceland. In 1880 – 1910 this was one of East Iceland’s most frequently used trails and still presents a number of pretty, piled-rock constructions, including cairns.

After several tiers of glorious waterfalls, you’ll arrive at a small lake, Vestdalsvatn, which remains frozen most of the year. There you’ll see Mt Bjolfur to your left. To the right you’ll find the tiny cave where the remains of the Mountain Lady where found in 2004. Around the Mountain Lady cave a group of workers found bones of a 30 year old lady, more than 400 pearls and brooches from the viking era which have been identified as remains from the year 940.

Duration: 3,5 hours | Distance: 6 km

– Period: June – September

Hiking Trail Maps are available for purchase at the Information Centre

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