PART TWO ERICA HILARIO • PHOTOGRAPHY EIGHTHREE MEDIA
The journey continues onto the northwest region of Iceland. After leaving Fossatún, I headed north past Borgarnes towards Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Veering off Route 1, also known as the ring road, Route 54 takes you towards Arnarstapi via Útnesvegur and then into Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Safety in Iceland is very important; especially, when it concerns the weather. It is recommended that any visitor in Iceland check the weather and road conditions every morning before you set out on your adventure. That morning, there was a wind alert for the peninsula. By the time I had reached Arnarstapi, the wind had decreased but the clouds were low.
Iceland’s natural beauty is enough to catch anyone’s taste for adventure - but Iceland has their roots in sagas, narratives from Old Norse or Old Icelandic. Names surrounding the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar are derived from a late saga (14th century) about a man named Bárðr who is half man and half ogre. After some dramatic events regarding his daughter drifting out to Greenland on an iceberg, Bárðr became the guardian spirit of Snæfell.
SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA LÓNDRANGAR
DRITVÍK • DJÜPALÓNSSANDUR
Djupalonssandur is a black pebbled beach with pinnacles of rock rising from the ocean. Dritvik is the cove and you reach both of these places hiking through lava formations. It used to be one of the largest fishing stations in Iceland. There are pieces of a shipwreck and large stones that people lifted to test their strength - they also ask you to keep an eye out for famous ghosts roaming about!
DAGVERÐARÁ • ÍRSKRABRUNNER
Dagverdara is an abandoned farm on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Behind it is Snæfellsjökull, where Bárðr retreated to become the spirit guardian of the peninsula.
Írskrabrunner, also known as the Well of the Irish, is an ancient well dating back to the 9th century. From 1948-1989, the well was lost under sand - they rediscovered it by digging in an area that two people pointed out who grew up on the land in the past - when they started digging, they found the whale bone that marks the well.
After leaving the peninsula, there is an old farm and church whose history dates back to the 10th century. And since most of this journey involves the saga of Bárðr, this story is about a troll stealing sheep from a farmer. To levy the farmers anger, the troll Hetta told a tale of a rich fishing ground. The farmer Inngjaldur believed her but was caught in a severe storm - he called upon Bárðr to come to his rescue.
Part three continues with a secret lagoon, a crater, and more sagas. Stay tuned! Adventure should last a lifetime. www.eighthreemedia.com IG: @eighthreemedia Copyright 2018 EIGHTHREE MEDIA Copyright 2018 Erica Hilario #epixtrip