Fifty shades of green: Raudanes hike (from the Rother walking guide). | Encaustichris

Fifty shades of green: Raudanes hike (from the Rother walking guide).

On our trip through Iceland, we have walked a lot. Iceland is a great hiking country, if you have good footwear and good shoes. Before you leave, remember that Iceland is volcanic and you will often walk on lava. And lava skirts can be very sharp. I certainly don't recommend walking on slippers or thin shoes. I've been wearing mountain shoes throughout the holiday, and sometimes felt the sharp edges of the lava through the soles. 

We found the walk I describe in the Rother hiking guide Iceland (ISBN: 978-90-389-2549-3.

In this walking guide you will find many walks throughout the island. The walks are divided by heaviness, blue walks are easy, black walks pretty spicy.


We are in north-eastern Iceland, near Pórshofn. When you follow road 85, the car park where the walk starts with a sign “Raudanes” is indicated. 

The guide describes the hike as “lonely, scenic peninsula with busy birdlife”. We were looking for puffins, and according to the hiking guide we could find it on a rock we encountered during the walk.

vijftigtintengroen

The walk starts in the parking lot, where there is a sign that gives some explanation of the hike: Raudanes is known for its beautiful basalt rocks that lie just off the coast: the rock formations are photogenic, and fairly famous. The walk starts with a fairly steep descent of thirty feet, where I was happy to have my cane with me. Immediately your eye will be drawn to the beautiful green landscape, and you'll see part of the route you're going to take:

vijftigtintengroen

In the photo above you can see the area where you walk a few minutes later, you will also get an idea of the rock formations. On the left it is very green, on the right is the sea, with many birds on the rocks.

The trail is well marked with blue poles, you literally walk in the green.

vijftigtintengroen
vijftigtintengroen

As soon as you descend, you'll find yourself in a wide view, where peace prevails. The only thing you hear is the wind, and the sound of the birds, there was a snow dog in summer rug that clearly showed itself. For me a great opportunity to photograph the animal: they are very well camouflaged, I wouldn't have seen it if he hadn't made a sound:

vijftigtintengroen

The walk takes about 2.5 hours, I estimate it about 10km. Along the way you come across sheep, who are resting, or taking a curious look at who's walking by now, I thought myself alone on the walk.

vijftigtintengroen
vijftigtintengroen
vijftigtintengroen

The views on this walk are beautiful, I could sit there for hours, to enjoy the silence and the view.

vijftigtintengroen

After about an hour and a half of walking we came to a rock where you can find a colony of Puffin in summer. These beautiful birds are called the clowns of the sea. They are on a rock, where they have excavated hundreds of burrows. The rock (which must be hard-hitting) looks like a big hole cheese filled with birds. You would expect it to be a good one here, but nothing is further true, Puffins don't make any sound. I spent an hour enjoying the birds.

vijftigtintengroen
vijftigtintengroen

As if they agreed, almost all birds fly off the rock at the same time, into the sea. To dabble there for a while and come back together all at the same time. We suspect the little ones were getting flying lessons, because we were there at the end of the breeding season.

vijftigtintengroen
vijftigtintengroen

From the puffin, the walk leads back to the parking lot. First through green meadows, the last stretch (over a kilometre) on a gravel road. I would advise you to walk back the same route from the puffines when you came, because the last part is rather boring. It's better to enjoy the views, even if you end up with a big climb.

vijftigtintengroen



Mother and child sheep have taken a good look: out of the wind, enjoy the view.

Our home in this part of Iceland: Grásteinn Guesthouse . Located near Pórshöfn. We had a lovely cottage at our disposal. Grásteinn guesthouse also has rooms in the big house. The hostess bakes bread for breakfast every morning and will be happy to tell you about Iceland. When you go to Iceland for the Northern Lights, it seems like an ideal place: it's quiet and low light, which benefits seeing the northern lights.

vijftigtintengroen
vijftigtintengroen
vijftigtintengroen

Commenting on this blog but not a Yoors member?

Sign in by clicking login below.

Share
You share. We pay.