EA: Snaefellsnes Peninsula: West Iceland August 7, 2017

Monday August 7, 2017

We left Reykjavik and headed to  Snafellsjokull National Park and Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland. While driving north we took the Hvalfjordus tunnel UNDER the fjord., it was kinda cool ….as long as you didn’t think too much about the fact you were under water for 20 minutes.

Under Water!

It was the best weather day yet with the sun darting in and out of the puffy clouds.

We actually had a visit from the sun!

Rich and I hiked to the base of this waterfall.

Nancy decided to count how many waterfalls we saw and after reaching the number 20 in five minutes she decided it would be easier to count sheep ….but that put us to sleep….so we decided to leave the counting for another day!

We hiked up into this gorge

Inside the gorge

Our big hike of the day was along the cliffs from Arnastapi to Hellnet. When we first started it was so windy I thought I was going to blow off the cliff! Then the wind died down and the walk was most enjoyable along the cliffs and through the java fields. ( that is supposed to say lava fields but it self corrected to java fields and I think that is funny, so I left it!) All the pictures I took of this area are on my camera so I won’t be able to post them until I get home.

Rich and I went down into the lava tube, Vatnshellir, in Snaefellsjokull National Park. 150 feet into the center of the earth. It was amazing down there… dark, still and freezing.

Spelunker

Inside the lava tube

One of two spiral staircases going down down down

Next we drove over the top of the park in a rutted dirt road that went right alongside Mt.Snaefellsjkull and the glacier. The colors were magnificent!

We are now camped in a field behind the town of Gundarfjord, pop 900. The campgrounds in Iceland are usually just a grassy field and people pull in and either open up their camper van or throw out their tent. The campground has HOT water! WHAT?

It’s 10 pm and it’s still light! Hard to think about sleeping but….it will be dark for 6 short hours and I’m still all whacked out from jet lag!

Note: I was able to post yesterday’s blog because I’m on a ferry that had wifi.

 

 

 

 

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