HRÚTAFJÖRÐUR – SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

3 things I liked today

  • Walking along the coast
  • Our cottage
  • Seeing the midnight sun

When we were packing the bus ready to leave, I was amazed to see a man driving a tractor with a large water tank spraying the public flower bed in this land of water and ice.  We spent much of the day driving around the the north-western Snæfellsnes peninsula coastline,  much of which is a National Park.

012A9361012A9367We made a stop at Stykkishólmur and walked around the port.012A9394There was a lookout and cliffs of different hues.  There is a legend, that Larus told us.

Once upon a time there was a farmer that has a dispute with some trolls.  God helped him to solve the dispute in his favor:To reward his Almighty, the farmer asked his wife to make the best porridge she could make to give God a portion to show his gratitude. To be able to deliver the porridge to God, he built a ladder to heaven and started to climb it, The ladder was obviously very high. When the farmer reached the clouds he looked down  and when he realized how high he was, he became so dizzy that he lost his balance and fell to the ground. When he hit the ground, his head and the bowl with the porridge smashed and the content splashed all over. the rocks on the cliff today, you can see where the brain splashes formed the white spots, the porridge splashes formed the yellow spots on the cliff.

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012A9401We made a lunch stop at Hellissandur.  There we had to try the highly recommended hot dogs, the best in Iceland we heard.

Following the hotdogs and coffee we drove on to Djúpalónssandur and see the smooth, black basaltic pebble beach.

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There were interesting lava formations and a wonderful., which is set to a backdrop of glaciers and strange lava formations.

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On the beach lie four ‘aflraunasteinar’ (lifting stones) weighing from 23 to 154 kilograms, and once used to measure a fisherman’s strength for working on the boats.

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We were pleased that the clouds and mists parted for us to glimpse the Snæfellsjokull Glacier on the 700,000-year-old volcano.

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This volcano was the entrance to the Earth’s core in Jules Verne’s 1864 novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.  This mystical volcano has inspired many folk and fairy tales.

We arrived at Arnarstapi, In the village, look out for the large stone monument to the pagan figure Barður Snæfellsás who, according to local legend, still lives in Snæfellsjökull and protects the area from evil.

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Hellnar for a walk  where we walked along the coastal cliffs rich with bird life and stunning lava formations.

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From there we headed off around the magnificent coast towards our guesthouse.

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Our hostess met us and showed our lovely cabin.  She talked about the farm and her horses.  When she purchased the property, she told us that she was very annoyed as the government obliged her to buy half of the volcano that sits at the rear, towering over the property.  She complained to us that she really didn’t want half a volcano and she couldn’t use it and didn’t know what to do with it.

We enjoyed our dinner immensely. Our hostess addressed us all before the meal, explaining the Icelandic food and demonstrating the passion she had for her cooking.

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After dinner I kicked my heels so ensure that I saw the midnight sun on the solstice.

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The horses at midnight

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One thought on “HRÚTAFJÖRÐUR – SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA

  1. All amazing Helen. Mark and I have looked at this together and we both said at the same time “we need to go back”. Favourite shot – the horse on its own at midnight.

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