The weather has been extremely difficult the last two months. There has been one low-pressure area following another over the country so that the country's rescue forces have been very busy. Unfortunately, this has caused accidents to people and property damage. On the fourteenth of February, a big storm came. It was a horrific storm that ran all over the country. The wind strength was up to 72 meters per second under the mountain Hafnarfjall. Houses need to be well built to withstand a wind that strong. I and my wife felt there was a reason for us to check on our cabin in the countryside and see if everything was ok there.
The house was still there and everything was just as we left it. The weather was good. The temperature was 4 to minus 6 degrees, the wind was calm. It snowed on Sunday, but on Saturday it was clear. I and my wife then decided to do what we have been talking about for many years. To walk up a hill named Hvammsmuli. Hvammsmuli is directly opposite our house and we have many times in the autumn stood by the window and helped the farmer in the farm Hvammur to sepherd his sheep. I guess this help has never been of any use for the farmer in Hvammur.
We drove up to the fishing lodge and walked from there. Walking up the hill is easy and it is even easier in the winter under these conditions. The snow lifts us up and over the trees so they weren´t in the way as they do in the summer. Nowhere else in the valley the trees get in the way of hikers. That´s because there are no trees. Some time I asked my father-in-law about this. He believed that the explanation was that there is a church by this farm and in the old days the church had the right to cut the trees for heating on other lands. In this way, the farmers of the farm Hvammur could save the birch on their land.