Héðinsfjörður

North, Iceland
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A beautiful, once remote location in North Iceland. The fjord is 5-6 km long and only 1 km wide. It is surrounded by high mountains on each side, and has grassy fields and a beautiful winding river that flows from the mountains, along the valley, to the ocean. At the bottom of the fjord, there is a large lake, separated from the sea with a strip of land, where there is an old lodge used as a shelter in the last century. Until recently, the only way to access this stunning fjord was by boat but in 2010 the tunnel through the mountains on each side was opened, making the fjord accessible and only a short distance from the two small towns in both directions.

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Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Akureyri, 70 km away. All services needed can be found there. Within a 10-kilometer radius, there are two small villages with hotels, guesthouses, campsites and restaurants.
Accommodation
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 1 km
Restaurants
< 30 km
Shopping
< 30 km

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You need a permit from Siglufjörður municipality and the environmental agency.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There is a medium parking lot in the middle of the fjord. There are no facilities at this location and phone coverage is bad.

Risk factors

The mountains on each side are steep. The lake is cold and deep and the ocean waves can be dangerous in harsh weathers. This fjord is also known for great volumes of snow and occasional avalanches.

Visitors

As the fjord lies between two busy villages that share schools, sports and jobs, it gets quite a lot of traffic that could be managed by the entrance to each tunnel. A few tourists stop here to take a photo and then continue on their journey.

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