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The mountain range between Vopnafjörður and Fljótsdalsérað, is called Smjörfjöll (butter mountains) and it consists of high and steep mountains, the highest ones around 1.250 meters high. North of them is Hellisheiði, where the old road from Vopnafjörður to Fljótsdalshérað lies. The road is amongst the highest mountain roads in Iceland, reaching 655 meters at its highest point. 

Because of how high the road lies, it was never possible to keep it open during the most heavy snow and today it is only open during the summer. It is well worth it, to take a drive over Hellisheiði to enjoy brilliant views over Vopnafjörður to the north and Héraðsflói to the East.