Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)


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Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)


  • The trail begins outside the lower entrance for the Hotel Husafell, with a map posted adjacent to the hotel pool.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • The trail crosses one of the creeks used for energy generation for the hotel.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • While several trails overlap at first, soon the green and yellow trails split and head across the street.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • A short portion of the trail lies along a paved road.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • Historical sites and artistic installations relating to the area's past lie along the trail.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • Posted markers show the route as it begins to climb very slightly toward Bæjargil Canyon.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • At its higher points, the trail becomes a slender trail through the grassy hillside.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • Hikers have the option to veer off the trail slightly and visit the studios of local artist Páll Guðmundsson.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • The art of Páll Guðmundsson throughout his studio property makes for a worthwhile detour from the loop path.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
  • A church with historical altarpieces and stone and craftwork designed and shaped by Páll Guðmundsson.- Söguhringur Trail (Follow The Old Footsteps Trail)
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Easy trail. Optional visit to art studios.
Poorly marked in places.
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
495.00 ft (150.88 m)
Net Elevation Gain: 
15.00 ft (4.57 m)
Year round: 
Parking Pass: 
Permit required: 
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.86 mi (3.00 km)
Total elevation gain: 
30.00 ft (9.14 m)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
480.00 ft (146.30 m)
Typically multi-day: 
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description

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The Söguhringur Trail, also called the Follow The Old Footsteps Trail, is one of several trails orignating at the Hotel Husafell. The easy trail is 3 kilometers in length with only slight elevation gain, and it is good for those looking to just get out and stretch their legs or those who may like to visit the studio space of local artist Páll Guðmundsson. 

Beginning at the hotel's lower entrance (free trail maps are available at the hotel reception desk), the trail passes through the hotel property, briefly passing by the small hydroelectric generator, historically used as a mill site, that now provides power to the hotel. Once across the street, the path loops up into the grassy hillside below the mouth of Bæjargil Canyon. Those looking for a more challenging hike can continue heading along the trail, signed in yellow, that heads up the canyon.

The path passes several historic sites and features that show Páll's artistic presentation of the area's mythical past. Green trail markers sign the route back to the hotel, but hikers can detour here through the studio workspaces of Páll Guðmundsson. Páll Guðmundsson's art is featured prominently throughout the Hotel Husafell, having worked carefully in concert with local materials that he incorporates into his art. Even his prints are painted with handmade pigments of crushed volcanic stone and ash. The studio space and installations on his property are a definite area highlight, and the church on the property remains unlocked and welcoming to visitors, with the artist's altarpieces and carvings on display—though it is used for occasional services.

From here, the path returns to the trail and heads back to the hotel. 

The Söguhringur Trail is short and accessible by most ability levels. There are no amenities or water located along the trail. All amenities are available at the Hotel Husafell.

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