Mikladalur - Trøllanes

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    View above Mikladalur. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View up from Vørðan south over the island Kalsoy and the village Mikladalur. Signposts like the one seen in the picture are all the way except in the Djúpadalur valley, where the path is clearly visible. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The characteristic signpost with the red buoy up on Vørðan where you enter the steep terrain towards the beautiful valley Djúpadalur. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The signs on the signpost up at the place Vørðan over Mikladalur. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The steep terrain between Vørðan and the valley Djúpadalur. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The very steep terrain, up in 350m. height on the southern side of the Djúpadalur valley where the path passes through. This very steep stretch is some 400m. long. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    The very steep terrain at an altitude of 350 meters on the southern side of the Djúpadalur valley some 400m long. You can see the path in the middle of the picture. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View over the Djúpadalur valley. In the background the northern end of the island of Kunoy. In the distant background the famous cliff Enniberg. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    You see many sheep in the Djúpidalur valley in the summer. By the river Keldan Vívda, some of them were playing lively on the big rock. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View of the village Trøllanes and the mountain Borgarin. In the very background to the right of the mountain, the famous lighthouse can be seen on the northern tip of Kallurin. Photo: Óli Gardshodn
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    View above Trøllanes. Photo: Óli Gardshodn

A very challenging but beautiful hike where you will see the risks people took in the past in order to live in these remote areas. This hike is only suitable to take in dry weather and if you are not afraid of heights

It is recommended that you start in Mikladalur, from where it is easier to ascend. Go straight up the hill from the gospel hall named Malta, passing through several gates before climbing over a low fence between the dirt road and a rock wall. Next, hike up to the hillside Vørðan, marked with a 3 m high pole with a read buoy, which shows the way to the path through the rock ledges.

 

Signposts lead you up from Mikladalur, making it is easy to follow the path. The stretch north toward the valley of Djúpadalur is good to walk. However, the most difficult stretch of the hike is the first 500 metres after entering Djúpadalur, crossing the rock ledges above Ovararók. Here you walk along a narrow and steep ledge with a significant drop on its outer edge (see the picture). In summertime, when it is dry, it is good to walk. Since you walk along the edge of a ledge with a sheer drop, this is not at all suitable for people who are afraid of heights. Here you need to focus and pay close attention to where you are walking, taking it slowly, step by step, and be ready to steady yourself if needed. Also, make sure that your shoelaces are securely tied, and that the ends of your laces are tucked in so that they do not catch something, causing you to stumble.

 

The green grass-covered valley Djúpadalur is very beautiful, with rows of broad rock ledges stacked between Mt. Nestindar towering above the valley and the gorge Djúpadalsgjógvin in its base. Many sheep graze in the valley, and in the old days it also served as an outfield for the cows. From Trøllanes the cows were led along the village path, but in Mikladalur they had to take the cows over the mountain and into the valley along a cattle trail. Now that you can reach Djúpidalur by a tunnel, everything has become far more convenient. Today, the sheep are not kept in the valley during the winter.

 

From Djúpidalur, take the path above the gorge Djúpadalsgjógvin, go north through the pastures of Norðaraskor, and from there to hillside known as heim til Vørðu. Here too, you will find a 2-metre-high pole with a red buoy, which shows the path into the crags. The whole path through Djúpidalur is easy to spot.

 

The path down to Trøllanes goes in a fairly straight line from the buoy to the village. Signposts guide you along. When you go through the gate in the rock wall, angle westward down to a pole. From there, take a 90 degree turn to your right, and then follow the signposts to the end of the road in the eastern part of the village.

 

You should not venture on this hike when it is slippery, snowing, raining, or if it has been raining in the past few days. As is indicated on the sign in Trøllanes, you are not allowed to veer of the path. This is for your own safety.

 

The hike can be taken in either direction. But the locals prefer to take the hike from Mikladalur as the hill down to Trøllanes is very steep.

Mikladalur - Trøllanes
Trøllanes - Mikladalur

Mikladalur - Trøllanes

Public transport
There is a good ferry connection to the island of Kalsoy (route 56), where you can take the ferry Sam up to eight times a day. 

Bus route 506 runs in connection with every ferry crossing.

Arriving by car
Parking, Mikladalur
Good parking is found in Mikladalur. You can park your car by the gospel hall Malta (Fornagøta 11) or in of the larger parking lots in the village (marked with green in the picture). The blue line guides you to the village path. 

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    See blue line for parking and blue line for startingpoint
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    The local bus stop and information point. Photo: Óli Garðshorn
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    See blue line for parking and blue line for startingpoint

Trøllanes - Mikladalur

Public transport
There is a good ferry connection to the island of Kalsoy (route 56), where you can take the ferry Sam up to eight times a day. 

Bus route 506 runs in connection with every ferry crossing.

Arriving by car
Parking, Trøllanes
A good parking lot is also found in Trøllanes (marked with green). However, it is often full due to visitors who want to take a walk out to the promontory Kallur.

 

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    See blue line for parking and blue line for startingpoint
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    See blue line for parking and blue line for startingpoint
Mikladalur - Trøllanes
Trøllanes - Mikladalur

Mikladalur - Trøllanes

Trøllanes - Mikladalur

Facts

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2h 15m

duration

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4.2 km

distance

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390 m

Peak

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382 m

Elevation


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difficulty icon Expert - It is quite steep to walk through the ledges above Ovararók in the southern part of Djúpidalur, where you walk very close to an edge with a sheer drop. Otherwise, the hike is good for walking, although it is steep in places. You should not take this hike when it is slippery, snowing, rainy, or has rained one of the previous days. As the sign in Trøllanes points out, you are not allowed to veer of the path. This is for your own safety.
terrain icon Grass-covered for the most part. Through the ledge Ovararók, in the steep terrain in the southern part of the valley Djúpidalur, the path turns wet and muddy when it has rained. The steep terrain up to the gate in the rock wall in Trøllanes is uneven, and the tall gras makes it difficult to see how you should walk. Most of the hike is steep. The path goes through rock ledges, with high crags below them.
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