Kleifaheidi (Kleifaheiði‘s) Stone Man

Kleifaheidi (Kleifaheiði‘s) Stone Man

Kleifaheidi is a mountain pass linking Bardastrond with Patreksfjordur. The building of the road, over 60 years ago, was considered a major feat and it greatly improved communications in the West Fjords.

At the highest point (404m) there is a cairn, a curious stack of stones in the shape of a man. 

It's long been a tradition for road construction workers to erect a monument on completing a difficult stretch of road. This one, called Kleifabui, ‘inhabitant of Kleif’, watches over those who travel the road. It is said that the statue bears an uncanny resemblance to a local farmer and politician.