Spákonufell is a natural treasure, an ideal place to enjoy the outdoors, fantastic view and all the beauty of nature. In this brochure you will find information about the village of Skagaströnd. It also holds information about Höfðinn ( The Cape), its vegetation, geology and birdlife. The brochure includes an aerial photograph with marked hiking trails. The purpose of this brochure is to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors, examine, understand and experience.
Most of the hiking trails are quite short and many of them have signs with information about birds and plants. Even though Spákonufellshöfði is not high, it offers excellent view of the mountains and valleys of Húnavatnssýslur counties, and Strandir area across the panoramic Húnaflói Bay. Here by the extreme sea, you can always enjoy nature no matter what the weather is.
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Spákonufellshöfði, generally called Höfðinn (The Cape), rises west of Skagaströnd village and offers a variety of easy hiking routes. Höfðinn is a popular destination for people wanting to enjoy the beautiful outdoors where the ocean, various bird species and the majestic circle of mountains embrace the senses.
Spákonufellshöfði is an ancient name. Spákonufell, meaning Soothsayer’s Mountain is a 646 m high mountain rising just above the town. Both names are connected with the Spákonufell farm, which was located at the foothills of the mountain for centuries.
The name’s origins can be traced back to the 10th century when Þórdís the soothsayer (Þórdís spákona), said to be skilled in both magic and magical arts, lived on Fell farm. Vatnsdælasaga (Saga of Vatnsdælir) describes her as a great and intelligent woman. Later both the farm and the Spákonufell mountain were named after her.
Þórdís was, among other things, known for fostering Iceland’s first missionary, Þorvaldur Koðránsson, later named Þorvaldur víðförli (Þorvaldur the travelled). He was described as a healthy and brave man who earned the respect of heathens, which enabled him to work on evangelisation in Iceland from 981 – 986. A monument of Þorvaldur víðförli is situated close to his birth place, Stóra-Giljá, at the junction of Road 1 and Svínvetningabraut (Road 731).