Gjógv to the valley Ambadalur

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Island:
Eysturoy
Difficulty:
Moderate Hike
Length:
6 - 10 KM
Pref. Wind:
East, South-east, South, South-west, West
Gjógv to the valley Ambadalur

The hike starts by the gorge, which is a natural harbour on the north side of the village. Then the scenic walk along the cliff up to the edge, Egg. On the way, you will hear and see birds such as puffin and fulmar. Further up along the hillside is a plateau, called Uppi á Barmi, with a small pond. The birdlife here is rich, and you can see oyster catcher, common snipe, whimbrel, golden plover, arctic and great skua, and the flora is also rich up towards the rock Gráisteinur.
 
At the pass called Hálsur is a renowned spring, always with refreshing and ice-cold water. There is a glass by the spring to drink from. Descending north from the pass into the valley Ambadalur, you can see a singular large rock, called Festirsteinur. This entire valley was once gifted to a woman servant from the neighbouring village of Funningur for tending to the inhabitatans of Eiði during the plague.
 
We hike on west towards Heyggur, then north through the wide expanse of the valley. Birdlife is abundant here, and many species can be heard. When we reach the north edge of the valley, the largest sea stack of the Faroe Islands comes into view, Búgvin standing 90 fathoms tall or 188 metres.
 
In old times, women walked this distance twice a day to tend to and milk the cows on free range pasture here in the valley. They never walked empty handed; when going to milk the cows, they carried the milk pails on their backs and knitting needles in their hands, but on the homeward journey, the milk was too heavy to allow knitting. Times change, and the milk maids are long gone, nowadays replaced by numerous tourists enjoying nature. All that now remains of the hike is to retrace our steps to the village.

The trip starts here: https://mapstreetview.com/#113uvk_-44uaw_1t.0_9g41

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Pól Sundskarð

Pól is born in 1957 and grew up in Klaksvík, Faroe Islands. As a youth Pól already showed his skills as a proven sportsman in many different categories. The interest for extreme sport started at a relative late level in his life. In 2015 Pól ran 526 km in 5 days, and the same year he and his wife Bjørg, as the fist couple in the Faroes, climbed all 340 faroese mountains.
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