Bisitak 1924, kokapena 44
Nondik gertu Árneshreppur, Vestfirðir (Lýðveldið Ísland)
Arrived in Reykjafjörður at 18:30 in fairly dismal weather, didn't feel like camping so started the hike right away. I imagined I'd be better off fording the river at the airport than up at Kirkjuból - not so! I ended up having to abandon my first attempt at a crossing - but the one shown in the track file was OK. After starting my ascent of Fossadalsheiði I soon entered fog and navigated by GPS (following a track submitted to wikiloc by Ólafur Örn Ólafsson). I did manage to get across the mountain without too much trouble and camped at the first suitable site in drizzling rain at 22:30 or thereabouts. It felt a bit lonely, I had the whole fjord to myself!
I got going just before 9 and immediately came across an orca carcass just around the first headland. Luckily it didn't stink. Waded across the fjord without too much trouble. As I made my way along the south shore of the fjord the weather gradually improved and by the time I reached Meyjará it had become reasonable, if dull. I crossed the river Húsá at Drangar via the bridge - it's a bit of a detour and in sunny weather I would have been tempted to just wade across it closer to the sea.
Rather than use the pass I naturally wanted to get close to the wonderful Drangaskörð. When I got to the tip of the peninsula I couldn't at first find the way down the cliff face - I later discovered that most people climb to the pass between the two outermost "pillars". That's too much work for me and I eventually found the route down the cliff to the shore. Camped on the north (near) bank of Drangavíkurá - I could have gone further (it was only about 19:00) but this is one of my favourite places to camp.
The weather had improved considerably when I started out (late - it was about 10!) and kept doing so as the day progressed - the sun even came out eventually. Met three ladies hiking in the opposite direction - the first and only people I ran into. It took me about 10 hours to get to the car where the boat crew had left it for me (for which they refused to accept any payment), at the foot of the slope down to Ingólfsfjörður. A very enjoyable hike had been completed and I drove off to Reykjavík.