Outdoor Adventures

Scouting outdoors is always better. At the Icelandic national jamboree 2020 we will offer a wide selection of hiking tours in the magnificent surroundings of the jamboree area. The hiking tours vary from light walks on the paths of nearby Kjarnaskógur forest up to 24 hour hikes in the mountains above the valley.

Finnbogi and Silja

The area around Hamrar is rich with animal life and is home to a wide variety of birds. A small cabin for birdwatching is located on a walking trail that leads northward from Hamrar to an area called Naustaborgir. There you can observe the birds in their natural habitat without disturbing them. The trail is easy to navigate and is almost entirely on a designated path.

Suitable for all ages.

For years the locals have enjoyed various outdoor activities in the forest Kjarnaskógur. There are many walking paths and trails but one of the most prominent is the “Large Circle”, popular for walking, running and cross-country skiing. This walk will lead you along the Large Circle of Kjarnaskógur where you can solve various tasks along the way.

 

Suitable for all ages.

The scout cabin Fálkafell is a popular destination for scouting adventures. The hike from Hamrar to Fálkafell starts on a walking path in Naustaborgir. Heading north you will find a trail going up and finally a rugged road taking you to the cabin. From Fálkafell you can follow a marked walking path to another scout cabin, Gamli. From there another path leads you back to camp.

Suitable for ages 10 and up.

Valhöll (“Valhalla”) is another local scout cabin located on the other side of the fjord. This activity consists of a hike to the cabin where you will stay overnight and hike back to the camp the next day. You will walk from Hamrar through the forest and follow old and little-travelled roads to the cabin.

 

Suitable for ages 13 and up. 

A small cabin called Lambi is located in Glerárdalur valley. It is fairly easy to find, with part of the way being on a marked path. You will spend the night in or around the cabin. The next day you will head back. The hike back is more challenging, and you will reach several mountain tops along the way. A marked path leads from the last peak all the way to Hamrar campsite.

Suitable for ages 16 and up.

There is a marked path from Hamrar to a scout cabin called “Gamli”. The path leads up towards the cliffs above the campground where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the camp – see if you can spot your tent! You will then walk further through the forest, eventually arriving at Gamli where you have a magnificent view over the town of Akureyri and the fjord.

 

Suitable for all ages.

Kjarnaskógur, much like others forests, has a wide variety of trees of many different species. The forest has a special walking path where you can learn about them, called the “Tree Museum”.

Suitable for all ages.

The mountain Súlur is one of the most iconic landmarks around Akureyri. There is a marked path leading from Hamrar all the way to the top. Parts of the walk are quite steep, and it can be challenging but the view from the top makes it totally worth it. There you have a magnificent view over Eyjafjörður and the surrounding area.

 

Suitable for ages 13 and up.

The valley Glerárdalur is a source of great energy, and we don’t just mean the fresh and rejuvenating mountain air. The valley has hot water sources, hydraulic energy from the river Glerá, and also a source for methane fuel. During this walk you will learn about all these different sources of energy, walking past hot water sources, a methane filling station and a hydroelectric power plant.

 

Suitable for ages 13 and up.

The area around Hamrar is rich with animal life and is home to a wide variety of birds. A small cabin for birdwatching is located on a walking trail that leads northward from Hamrar to an area called Naustaborgir. There you can observe the birds in their natural habitat without disturbing them. The trail is easy to navigate and is almost entirely on a designated path.

Suitable for all ages.

There is a marked path from Hamrar to a scout cabin called “Gamli”. The path leads up towards the cliffs above the campground where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the camp – see if you can spot your tent! You will then walk further through the forest, eventually arriving at Gamli where you have a magnificent view over the town of Akureyri and the fjord.

Suitable for all ages. 


For years the locals have enjoyed various outdoor activities in the forest Kjarnaskógur. There are many walking paths and trails but one of the most prominent is the “Large Circle”, popular for walking, running and cross-country skiing. This walk will lead you along the Large Circle of Kjarnaskógur where you can solve various tasks along the way.

 

Suitable for all ages.

Kjarnaskógur, much like others forests, has a wide variety of trees of many different species. The forest has a special walking path where you can learn about them, called the “Tree Museum”.

Suitable for all ages.

The scout cabin Fálkafell is a popular destination for scouting adventures. The hike from Hamrar to Fálkafell starts on a walking path in Naustaborgir. Heading north you will find a trail going up and finally a rugged road taking you to the cabin. From Fálkafell you can follow a marked walking path to another scout cabin, Gamli. From there another path leads you back to camp.

Suitable for ages 10 and up.

The mountain Súlur is one of the most iconic landmarks around Akureyri. There is a marked path leading from Hamrar all the way to the top. Parts of the walk are quite steep, and it can be challenging but the view from the top makes it totally worth it. There you have a magnificent view over Eyjafjörður and the surrounding area.

 

Suitable for ages 13 and up.

Valhöll (“Valhalla”) is another local scout cabin located on the other side of the fjord. This activity consists of a hike to the cabin where you will stay overnight and hike back to the camp the next day. You will walk from Hamrar through the forest and follow old and little-travelled roads to the cabin.

 

Suitable for ages 13 and up. 

The valley Glerárdalur is a source of great energy, and we don’t just mean the fresh and rejuvenating mountain air. The valley has hot water sources, hydraulic energy from the river Glerá, and also a source for methane fuel. During this walk you will learn about all these different sources of energy, walking past hot water sources, a methane filling station and a hydroelectric power plant.

Suitable for ages 13 and up. 


A small cabin called Lambi is located in Glerárdalur valley. It is fairly easy to find, with part of the way being on a marked path. You will spend the night in or around the cabin. The next day you will head back. The hike back is more challenging, and you will reach several mountain tops along the way. A marked path leads from the last peak all the way to Hamrar campsite.

Suitable for ages 16 and up.