The Giantess's path

  • Hengifoss Trollkonustigur 01

  • Hengifoss Trollkonustigur 02

  • Hengifoss Trollkonustigur Cairns 01

  • Hengifoss Trollkonustigur Cairns 02


The Giantess's path is a basalt ridge which cuts the hill above Valþjófsstaður and Skriðuklaustur. You can start your walk by the Hengifoss Guesthouse and climb the path to the top where you will have a beautiful panorama over the Fljótsdalur valley and lake Lagarfljót. The you continue until you are above Skriðuklaustur and Snæfellsstofa and there you can find your way downhill the forest from the three large cairns (piles of stone). Before you descend you can have a look over the gorge of Bessastaða river.

The name of this path comes from an old folktale about giantesses that lived up in the mountains. They travelled between the East fjords and the highlands and the path is their route from centuries of walking.

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