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The walk to the Skólavarða "School-cairns" (piles of rocks), is a popular hike among locals in the Vaðlaheiði mountain range, on the eastern side of the fjord, opposite Akureyri. 

The starting point is here, indicated with a sign "Skólavarða", where one also finds free parking. From there one needs a couple of hours to go up and come back, on a fairly straight but a steep path to the top, where you will find the the cairns "Skólavarða". A "varða" is a pile of stones that indicates a geographical point. From up there you can see Akureyri, the fjord, and even Fnjóskadalur valley if you walk further to the east up-on the mountain.



Skólavarða on Trailforks.com

Further info

Distance: 5.5Km / 3.4miles

Total time: 2+hours

Start/End point: Vaðlaheiði road

Terrain: Rocky/grass/moss

Parking: Vaðlaheiði road

Interesting sights: Skólavarða cairn, great view