#flokalundur

 

Located in the heart of Vatnsfjörður fjord one of the most beautiful small fjords in the southern coast of the Westfjords, Flókalundur is a joy to visit and also a service center for tourists.  The landscape is beautiful as well as the view out to the ocean and the Breiðafjörður bay.  At Flókalundur you will find a restaurant, a good camping site, and accommodation.  It is a great place to stop if you are driving the Westfjords, both for a scenic stop and if you want to stay overnight.  It is located at the intersection of the Barðastrandarvegur road on the southern part of the Westfjords and the road leading up to Dynjandisheiði mountain road.  This road up to Dynjandisheiði is a kind of a shortcut when traveling the Westfjords as it bypasses the southwest part of the Westfjords.  If you take this road and leave out the southwest part, you are on the other hand, missing a very interesting and important part of the Westfjords, so it is not recommended. 

Hiking trails and wonderful landscape

At Flókalundur you will also find some wonderful short hiking trails and walk by the river Penna, and the canyon is a great evening walk during the bright summer nights. A hiking tour to the wonderful Hellulaug geothermal pool nearby is also a great evening storll by the shoreline and quite relaxing if you dip into the small pool. Vatnsfjörður fjord, as well as Flókalundur area and the surrounding area north up to the hills, is a nature reserve. The area was put on a protection list in 1975 for many reasons connected to geology as well as culture and history.  It is a significant place as Vatnsfjörður was the first place anyone tried a settlement in Iceland over a thousand years ago.

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Below is the location of Flókalundur on the map of Iceland

At Flókalundur you will also find some wonderful short hiking trails and walk by the river Penna

 

In Iceland, you can find many small geothermal pools. Something a lot of visitors and tourists are both interested in seeing and willing to dip into.  Some of the pools only fit four to five people.  Some are even so small that they only fit two persons.  But you can also find pools that are big enough for you and a few of yours friends. The pool Hellulaug in the southern shore of West Fjords is a warm and delightful pool.

Right there on the West Fjord Ring Road

Located only a few hundred meters from the camping site Flokalundur in the famous Vatnsdalur, where the first settler in Iceland stayed for a winter.  The small pool is always open with its endless flow of warm water all year long. Anyone passing by can take a dip in the comfortable water. The water in the pool is 38 degrees centigrade and the pool is around 3 to 4 meters in diameter.

No admission fee and no service

You need to walk down a small cliff from the small parking lot by road Vestfjarðarvegur nr. 60 which is the southern part of the West Fjord ring road.  A road that is part of the West Fjord scenic route that takes you through some magnificent landscape. There is no admission and also no place to change from your cloth to your swimming suit. There is no service, just the very nice natural bath.  

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Below is the location of Hellulaug on the map of Iceland

The pool Hellulaug in the southern shore of West Fjords is a warm and delightful pool.

 

Hrafna-Flóki  (Raven-Flóki) was the first known Norseman to move deliberately lock, stock and barrel to Iceland in the 9th century. He had heard tales about the lovely island in the far west. It was believed to be extremely fertile and awash in green pastures. No tales of glaciers, snowstorms or volcanoes. Surely, those telling the tales must have made a mere stopover on a particularly nice summer's day. The island went by the name of Garðarshólmi and Flóki wanted a piece of it. He sailed from Western Norway, via the Shetlands where he lost one daughter due to drowning. He headed off to the Faeroe Islands where he lost another daughter due to marriage. Undaunted he kept sailing westwards with not much happening. Until, one day he released three ravens to help him find this arctic Shangrila.

The first raven flew back to the Faeroes. The second raven flew up into the air before returning to Flóki's boat. The third raven flew northwest and did not return. With a logic that defies modern reason, Flóki deduced it to mean he was close to land. So he followed the third Raven. From then on Flóki was known as Hrafna-Flóki.

Hrafna-Flóki sailed his boat along Iceland’s south-coast and circled the Reykjanes Peninsula. He kept going towards the north, passing the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and sailing into the picturesque Breiðafjörður. He headed into Vatnsfjörður where he at last found something remotely akin to the tales he had been told. Mild weather, fertile land, i.e. Alas, that didn't last. Winter was upon him, and Flóki was ill equipped for the reality of the Icelandic winter. He set up camp at Brjánslækur and commenced on waiting for spring. When it at last arrived, Flóki hiked to the top of Nónfell Mountain to try to figure out what in deuce name was going on. The sight was not reassuring. The sea was covered with drift ice as far as they eye could reach. He promptly renamed the island Iceland and left.

Upon returning to Norway, Hrafna-Flóki told everyone Iceland was worthless. Still, it didn't prevent him from sailing back there a few years later. This time, he settled in Brjánslækur and lived there for the rest of his life. 

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Below is the location of Vatnsfjörður home of Hrafna Flóki on the map of Iceland

Hrafna Flóki headed into Vatnsfjörður where he at last found something remotely akin to the tales he had been told. Mild weather, fertile land,