Snaefelljökull - Arnarstapi - Reykjavik

Trip Start Aug 05, 2012
Trip End Aug 19, 2012

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

After spending some time on the top of the Snaefellj÷kull, we drove downhill to the southern part of the peninsula. From there, the volcano was very impressive and we could clearly see the scars that the lava flows made on the mountainsides. 


We made a stop at Dritvik-DjŘpalonssandur, a very beautiful bebble beach. We could observe the remains of a shipwreck that ran aground. "L'Epine Grimsby" used to be a fishing trawler and a sign on the shore gives the details of the disaster that took place on March 13, 1948. 






We could also see the four lifting stones that were used by fishermen to test their strength. They are Fullsterkur ("full strength") weighing 154 kg, Hßlfsterkur ("half strength") at 100 kg, HßlfdrŠttingur ("weakling") at 54 kg and Amlˇ­i ("Useless") 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the HßlfdrŠttingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify.  




We then made a stop at Arnarstapi. Arnarstapi is a fishing hamlet at the foot of the low Mt. Stapafell on the southern side of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. It was an important trading post in the past. The cliffs along the coastline are occupied by myriads of birds, kittiwakes, fulmars and razorbills and many others nest in the area. There is quite a large arctic tern colony in the village itself. A walk along the coastline is recommended to watch the birds and the magnificent basalt columns. 









After enjoying the beautiful scenery along the coastline, we sat on the grass and had lunch while sunbathing. 
On the way back to Reykjavik, we made a quick stop at Ytri-Tunga where we could spot several seals. 

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