Thursday, November 23, 2017

Chasing Waterfalls in Iceland-Day 8: Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Waterfalls

Before leaving Stykkisholmur we wanted to check out the red lighthouse by the harbor.

Beautiful sunrise by Stykkisholmur's harbor

View from the lighthouse

Began our drive around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and stopped at Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.

 Near the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall is Kirkjufell, also known as Arrowhead Mountain from the Game of Thrones.

 We wanted to hike down to Djupalonssandur Beach to see the washed up shipwreck pieces on the black sand beach, but it was too windy and rainy so we headed back to the car.

 Moss on the lava flow

 Londrangar lava formations

 Saxholl crater is estimated to have erupted 3,000 years ago.

Waterfall no. 953

 Bardur Snaefellsnes statue in Arnarstapi. 

 Bardur is the mythical protector of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula who was said to be half troll and half man.

 Cliffs in Arnarstapi

Stopped in a cafe in Arnarstapi for carrot cake, hot chocolate and coffee and loved this sign.

 Black church in Budir

Dropped the rental car off and checked into our hotel, Leifur Eiriksson, in Reykjavik.

 We had traditional Icelandic food for our last meal in Iceland at Cafe Loki. Chuck had the Icelandic Plate II which consisted of two rye bread slices with mashed fish and the other with smoked trout, flatbread with smoked lamb, dried fish with butter and fermented shark.

 Rita had the Icelandic meat soup.

Sarah had the gratinated mashed fish with rye bread and salad.

For dessert we shared Skyr cake with caramel and chocolate cake.

Hallgrimskirkja, an iconic Lutheran Church in Reykjavik, was directly across the street from our hotel. Even though it was rainy, the church was very impressive.

Stay tuned for our last day in Iceland . . . 

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