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Part 8: The Ring Road, Day 6

We spent most of the day exploring the Snæfellsnes peninsula in Western Iceland. The area is often referred to as a mini version of Iceland, due to the amount of sights to be seen. Needless to say, it did not disappoint.

Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell, which is Icelandic for Church Mountain, is located in Grundarfjörður on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It was incredibly windy when we visited, to the point where leaning into it would hold you up (there's a video in here of Sarah and I almost falling over from wind). It's a gorgeous view, though.

The wind was so strong that the birds were just getting thrown backwards whenever they'd take off.

Here we are, trying to stay upright. I had to keep my sunglasses on with my hat tucked over them due to how much my eyes were tearing from wind.

The view across the water from in front of the mountain was really great with the storm clouds and moody light.

Kirkjufellsfoss, which is basically Church Mountain Waterfall, is across the road from the mountain. There is a small bridge that spans over the top and then a stone step path you can take down to stand down near the basin and get great shots of the mountain and falls together. Still waiting on that panorama capable theme, @Steller 😁

Djúpalónssandur

Djúpalónssandur is a black sand beach at the foot of Snæfellsjökull. Its bay was once home to an active fishing village, but is now uninhabited. The landscape is fascinating, with moss covered lava formations lining the shore and creeping up from the water. The tide is rough, so do be careful approaching, but this is definitely a must-see spot.

Me, sitting in the Gatklettur Rock.

On March 13, 1948 a British trawler, The Epine GY7 wrecked on the beach at Djúpalónssandur. There were 19 crew aboard and only four survived the wreck. The irons remains of the ship lay scattered on the sands of the beach to this day, not to be disturbed by visitors.

Required beach trio selfie.

Hellnar

Hellnar is an ancient fishing village with a super cool name. We stopped there for a bit to have lunch, at Primus Kaffe, and stroll around.

There was a dense fog hanging low in the sky. We called him Kjarl the Fog, the Icelandic brother of San Francisco's Karl the Fog.

On our way out of Hellnar.

Ölkelda Mineral Spring is a mineral spring in the Snaefellsnes peninsula that has naturally carbonated water.

We all tried it, and it was very carbonated, but it also tasted intensely of iron. So, we did not fill our bottles.

Grundarfjörður

I THINK this is Grundarfjörður, anyway. I cannot find this exact spot on any map anywhere and I only see one other photo of it on Google and it's unlabeled. If anyone knows where this is, please tell me! I only know it's pretty, has signage about the Sagas, and is near Snaefellsnes.

Berserkjahraun

A lava field to end all lava fields, the Berserkjahraun is 3-4,000 years old and gets its name from part of the Eyrbyggia Saga. The story tells of a 10th century farmer who had two Berserkers as laborers on his land. When one of them fell in love with the farmer's daughter and asked to marry her, the farmer was afraid to refuse.

The farmer consulted a chieftain and was advised to challenge the Berserker with an impossible task. Upon completion, the Berserker could then have his daughter's hand. The farmer instructed the two Berserkers to clear a path through the lava field so that the farmer could cross to the other side without having to go around the entire field. The two laborers set about their task with all their aggressive berserker energy and soon had the "impossible" task completed.

Thrilled about the road, but alarmed about the prospect of having to marry off his daughter to the Berserker, the farmer invited the two laborers to rest in a sauna he'd built for them. The sauna, however, was a trap and the farmer killed and buried both Berserkers. The road cutting through the lava field, and supposed burial ground, can still be seen today.

The expanse of this field was awesome. I was also struck by how soft the moss covered rock actually was. It felt as if you could lay on it comfortably.

This was definitely one of my favorite spots in Iceland.

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