Circumnavigating the famous peninsula
On this half-day hike, we circumnavigate the Vestrahorn peninsula. Starting at the historic settlement of Papós, we traverse sandy beaches and rugged mountain slopes on a little known route to Stokksnes. Can be extended to a round trip day tour by crossing the Kex mountain pass.
The normal, half-day route is a moderately easy point-to-point hike and mostly follows gently rolling terrain along the coastline. It is about 10km in length and requires reasonably good fitness, but is generally suitable for teenage kids. We meet at Dynjandi farm and drive out to our starting location, the historic settlement of Papós. At first we follow the gentle coastline of the protected fjord, hiking over marshland and sandy black beaches. But soon enough we will encounter the rough coast of the Atlantic ocean, where large waves crash onto the beach as we navigate the mountain slopes underneath the scenic Vestrahorn mountains. We will pass by remnants of WWII-era settlements and eventually reach the Stokksnes radar station with its unique views of the mountain range. The Viking Café is a welcome stop for a quick coffee or tea while we wait for our pick-up transportation back to our farm.
The tour can also be extended to a full day hike by crossing the Kex mountain pass and returning back to our starting point. This adds another 3-4 kilometers to the hike but also about 5-600m of elevation, climbing up over loose gravel before we descent on moderately steep grassland that tapers into a gentle river valley.
We would rate the tour moderate in summer, but difficult in winter due to the possibility of snow / ice on the route, shorter daylight hours and weather factors.