Skápadalur

Westfjords, Iceland
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Between Skápadalsmúli and Skápadalsfjall lies a beautiful valley called Skápadalur. At the bottom of the valley is a spectacular ravine, eroded by harsh winds and the awesome power of the elements in this region. The ravine is picturesque and grand with stacks and formations, and winds down from the high ground to the plateau below in a mesmerising interplay of curves and textures. The valley itself is surrounded by majestic mountains of ancient cliffs, as the rocks and land in this region are the oldest in Iceland, at around 16 million years old. By the road at the mouth of the valley, on the shore, lies a rusty wreckage of Garðar, oldest Icelandic steel boat.

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Accessibility

The beach lies approx 19 km off the main road and the road is gravel, with steep and hazardous hills. There is no organized winter service for the road that leads to this location.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Bad phone coverage
Poor phone coverage with frequent interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

Nearest hospital is in Ísafjörður, 154 km away in the Westfjord region. The town of Patreksfjörður lies 48 km away with most services required.
Accommodation
< 50 km
Gas station
< 50 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
Parking
< 30 km
Restaurants
< 50 km
Shopping
< 50 km

Permits

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You need a two-way permit.
Shooting requires both the permission from the property owner and the local government permit

Basecamp and facilities

At the entrance to the valley is a medium/large beach strip where the old boat is moored. That could be utilized as basecamp for the ravine. Small tech base or offloading area could be closer on the old farmers trail leading into the valley.

Risk factors

The ravine is high with unstable rocks.

Visitors

Not a popular tourist attraction. There is a all-season summerhouse at the base of the valley.

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