Iceland Part 3

See part 1 here and part 2 here.

Day 7: Glymur Waterfall, Akranes, Akranes Lighthouses, Vitakaffi
Day 8: Reykjanes Peninsula, Giganta, Vikingheimer, Duus Museum and Duushús, Gardur twin lighthouses, The Bridge Between Two Continents, Gunnuhver hot springs
Day 9: Urridafoss, Stöng, Gjáin, Hjalparfoss, Skafthold Sheepfold, Icelandic ponies, Kerið Crater, lava cave

Day 7: Glymur Waterfall, Akranes, Akranes Lighthouses, Vitakaffi
Woke up to a beautiful sunny morning.

Highlights:

  1. Glymur Waterfall. The travel guide we picked up said it was a difficult hike to see Icelands tallest waterfall at 198 m. On the hike we passed through caves, walked across a log over a raging river, scaled the side of a mountain (at one point you have to climb up the side of the mountain with assistance from a rope). At one point my foot was wider than the path we walked on and I was grabbing at the ground for something to grip on to. I think I just was not experienced enough with these types of hikes because young children and an elderly couple all passed us on the way up. We reached an outlook (didn’t make it to the top) and that was enough of a view for us.

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    Glymur Waterfall
  2. Akranes. We took a nap at the Akranes lighthouses, after which we read our books for a short break outside the car. We were way ahead schedule so it was nice to take it easy for an hour or two. We went on our way to find somewhere to eat/have a drink and ended up at Vitakaffi (once I figured out it was a pull door not a push door). The bartender was a gem. We tried Eintök (an Icelandic white ale beer).

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    Akranes Lighthouses
  3. After leaving Vitakaffi, we drove in the direction of the Reykjanes Peninsula. We had to pay a toll of 1000kr, drove through another 6 km tunnel under the mountain and pulled over for a good night’s sleep.

Day 8: Reykjanes Peninsula, Giganta, Vikingheimer, Duus Museum and Duushús, Gardur twin lighthouses, The Bridge Between Two Continents, Gunnuhver hot springs

Highlights:

  1. Giganta. She is a good natured 400 year old giant and the main character in an adorable children’s book series by Herdis Egilsdóttir.She currently resides in the Black Cave at the Marina in Gróf. A great stop for children.
  2. Vikingheimer. A museum with an outdoor walking history museum and a settlement zoo.
  3. Duus Museum and Duushús. An incredibly interesting museum residing in a house built in the 1890’s requiring very little restoration. The attic and upper floor show belongings that were in the house when Reykjanesbaer bought it. The Maritime Centre had over 100 model boats (all made by Grimur Karlsson) and information on the fishing industry. May’s art exhibit was by local students. Finally, a room with information about the Rekjanes Geopark was a very interesting read (volcanoes, lava rocks, local wildlife and other geological facts to educate yourself).
  4. Gardur twin lighthouses. 14 ships ran aground before the lighthouse was built in 1897. A newer lighthouse was built in 1944 due to the receding and degrading shoreline.

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    Gardur Lighthouse
  5. The Bridge Between Two Continents. A bridge that crosses a canyon formed by the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates diverging. It was a quick walk back from Iceland to Canada!

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    Holding up the bridge for Daniel (taken on iPhone)
  6. Gunnuhver Hot Springs. Took a short walk up to the shoreline for some amazing views of the ocean.IMG_4922.JPG

Day 9: Urridafoss, Stöng, Gjáin, Hjalparfoss, Skafthold Sheepfold, Icelandic ponies, Kerið Crater, lava cave

Highlights:

  1. Urridafoss
  2. Stöng. An old excavated farmhouse from the 1300s and had been covered by lava from the Heckla volcanic eruption. This was the first archaeological dig in the county.

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    Stong (taken on iPhone)
  3. Gjáin. a loooong 500 m from Stöng was this beautiful oasis.

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    Gjain Oasis
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    Hjalparfoss
  5. Skafthold Sheepfold. One of our pit stops from an attraction sign on the side of the Ring Road.
  6. Icelandic ponies. Luckily we had carrots to feed them! They needed to be tempted to take a selfie.IMG_5029.JPG
  7. Kerið crater. (4000 kr each).
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    Kerid Crater

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  8. Lava cave. We hunted for it for hours and couldn’t find the signs for the cave. We walked along a road that seemed closed to cars and came across the cave. It was SO COOL.
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    Lava Cave

    Stay tuned for the final part, Part 4!

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