Iceland 2016, Travel
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Mon, 6.20.2016 – Snaefellsjökull Westward drive

One sentence: As we looked over to the Kirkjufell mountain, it looked more like sunrise than sunset, but it was clear the day was over because we were exhausted.
6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Lighthouse at Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Lighthouse at Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Arnarstapi, Iceland

6.19.2016 Cave Vatnshellir

6.19.2016 Cave Vatnshellir

6.19.2016 Cave Vatnshellir

6.19.2016 Cave Vatnshellir

6.19.2016 Cave Vatnshellir

6.19.2016 Cave Vatnshellir

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak church

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak church

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak church

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak church

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak, Iceland

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak, Iceland

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak, Iceland

6.19.2016 Ólafsvak, Iceland

6.19.2016 Bjargarsteinn, Iceland

6.19.2016 Bjargarsteinn, Iceland

6.19.2016 Bjargarsteinn, Iceland

6.19.2016 Bjargarsteinn, Iceland

6.19.2016 Bjargarsteinn, Iceland

6.19.2016 Bjargarsteinn, Iceland

6.19.2016 Our cabin in Grabrók, Iceland

6.19.2016 Our cabin in Grabrók, Iceland

– 11a. Headed on the circular road around the western peninsula of the sub-glacial stratovolcano, Snaefellsjökull.
– First stop: Arnarstapi where we found a charming field. Also, found a local eatery and a fellow traveler from the Ukraine to share lunch with. We ordered far too much food, but it was delicious. Wandered with attacking birds to the unusual coastal lighthouse made of stone and the spectacular rocky shoreline.
– Second stop: Cave Vatnshellir where we splunkted into the center of the earth. (Jules Verne’s novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) calls it the entrance to a passage leading to the center of the earth.) We lowered 35 meters or 156 steps into the cave with a guide. My favorite moment was when we entered the lowest cave, turned off our flashlights and listened to the sounds of the dripping cave that had been there for 8,000 years.
– Third stop: Ólafsvak where we fell in love with the church and the neighboring waterfall. What a charming little town.
– Fourth stop: Grundarfjordur where we initially wanted to join a puffin tour, but found ourselves in the local baths soaking in the view. As we bathed, we meet a biologist from France who was starting her month-long journey trekking around Iceland on her own. A local recommended a restaurant in town, Bjargarsteinn. The decor seemed oddly colonial, yet charming. I tried some local specialities – dried fish, smoked lamb and fermented shark. The chef brought me muscles as a reward for trying the shark – honestly, it was not my favorite.
– 10p. Started our drive back feeling fulfilled, but confused by what time it was. As we looked over to the Kirkjufell mountain, it looked more like sunrise than sunset, but it was clear the day was over because we were exhausted.
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2 Comments

  1. Phyllis Gordon says

    Anthony Bourdain ate the fermented shark on one of his shows and said it was the single worst thing he’d ever eaten, even worse than the warthog rectum in Namibia. He also said the Icelanders enjoyed watching and hearing reactions from non-natives. 🙂

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  2. Dear friend

    Really beautiful photos. I consider Island as the most beautiful country from those I have seen – and I have seen a lot. Last time I was in Island about 17 years ago and I am sure to make another holiday there.

    Have a nice weekend
    Didi

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