On the northernmost tip of the Faroe Islands lies a towering sea cliff by the title of Enniberg. Looming 754 m (2,474 ft) over the North Atlantic Ocean, it’s mentioned to be the world’s highest sea-facing promontory and, because of a thriving inhabitants of seabirds, has lengthy been a magnet for ornithologists and boat-riding vacationers alike. For these of a rambling persuasion, Cape Enniberg marks the turnaround level and scenic spotlight of one of many Faroe Island’s most memorable climbing trails.
Observe: The Cape Enniberg Path was considered one of 26 featured hikes in my newest e book with Gestalten Publications, Wanderlust Nordics. A lot of the data beneath has been tailored from that publication. The e book is already out there in Europe and will likely be launched within the US and different elements subsequent month.
At a Look
Distance: 7.7 km (4.8 mi)
Common Period: 4-5 hrs
Issue Degree: Average to difficult
Complete Elevation Achieve: 1,306 m (4,285 ft)
Begin/End: Viðareiði, Viðoy Island
- Getting There & Away: The closest city to the village of Viðareiði is Klaksvik (20 minutes drive south). In the event you don’t have a automobile, you may hitchhike or take the #500 from Klaksvík to Viðareiði.
- Permits & Charges: No permits are required. On the time of writing, all hikers might want to pay a 200 DKK price to the homeowners of the personal property the path passes by means of (Tip: You possibly can go away the cash in a mailbox close to the trailhead gate)
- Hen Sanctuaries and Boat Rides: The cliffs of Cape Enniberg and its rapid coastal surrounds are a chosen Essential Hen and Biodiversity Space (IBA). Notable amongst its avifauna are colonies of Atlantic puffins, black-legged kittiwakes, European storm petrels, and black guillemots. In the event you’re focused on experiencing this dramatic coastal atmosphere from a unique perspective, contemplate taking one of many common boat excursions departing from the close by port of Klaksvik.
The Cape Enniberg Path begins at Viðareiði village, the northernmost settlement within the Faroes archipelago. After paying your price to go by means of personal property, undergo a gate and ascend steadily up the grassy hillside. Following a well-defined path marked by blue plastic poles, after roughly 20 minutes of climbing, the grass provides solution to rocky terrain.
From this level, the path turns into significantly steeper, and the tread appreciably looser. Winding your means up by means of the rock-strewn mountainside, round 100 m (328 ft) beneath the highest of Villingadalsfjal Peak (841 m/2,759 ft), you’ll achieve a small plateau. To the rapid northwest, a cairn-marked route continues to Cape Enniberg. The summit course continues northwards, and after a quick scramble, you’ll attain the apex of the third tallest mountain within the Faroes.
From the summit of Villingadalsfjal, retrace your steps again to the junction on the aforementioned flat space. From this level, observe the cairns northwest throughout the rock-strewn mountainside. In high quality climate, it’s easy-going; in thick fog with driving wind and rain, rather less so. After roughly two kilometers, you’ll attain Cape Enniberg. When it’s time to return to civilization, retrace your steps again to the bottom of Villingadalsfjall after which observe the blue posts steeply all the way down to Viðareiði.
Notes & Musings
- A Seaside Church and a Short-term Relocation: Both earlier than or after your Cape Enniberg tour, take a while to discover the charming trailhead village of Viðareiði. Established within the 14th century, foremost amongst Viðareiði’s sights is its picturesque church. Positioned by the seashore on the western facet of city, a former model of the constructing was destroyed by a large storm within the seventeenth century. In line with native folklore, quite a few coffins from the church’s cemetery had been washed out to sea through the tempest. Within the following days, the caskets drifted again to land on the close by village of Hvannasund. After discerning the origins of their surprising guests, the great people of Hvannasund returned the lacking caskets to their neighbors in Viðareiði, the place they had been promptly reburied.