Almost everyone speaks english, at least younger people. So even if you don´t speak a word in the language it´s usually no problem.
Mt Kirkjufell (Church mountain) is a beautifully shaped and a symmetric, free standing mountain on the northern coastline of the Snaefell’s Peninsula W-Iceland. The creation of the mountain can be traced to the latest cold epoch of the ice age, when the glaciers and their rivers were seriously carving out the landscape and opposite this beautifully shaped mountain we have this lovely waterfall named after the mountain and is called Kirkjufellsfoss. This makes for a stunning view and a great photo opportunity when the conditions are right. This day it was just perfect
Mt Tindastoll (995 m) is about 18 km long and shaped like a sharp edge.
According to the legend every last weekend in June some wishing stones emerge from a small lake on top of the mountain. Since this was taken in late January it was a bit too early for stone searching :) But it was a beautiful day and you could see the snow covered mountains at the other side of the bay gleaming in the winter sun
The village of ARNARSTAPI sits at the foot of Mt.Stapafell (526m). It comprises little more than a few holiday cottages and a harbour, The strand between Arnarstapi and Hellnar is of dramatic rugged cliffs and it is fascinating to see how the different forces of nature have shaped this area through the ages
Behind Mt.Stapafell you can see Snæfellsjökull glacier which Verne used as his starting point in his story, Journey to the center of the earth. People from all over the world, believers in the energy radiation of Snaefellsjokull, gather in the area every summer to recharge their “batteries” and rock crystals and some even believe aliens visit from time to time
Volcanic activity is a rather common thing in Iceland and usually it´s far away from where people live. But in 1973 a eruption started in Westman Island´s biggest island, Heimaey. The volcanic fissure on dry land was originally 1½ km (1 mile) long and situated about 300 m (1,000 feet) to the east of the houses in town of the island. The only pre-warnings of a pending eruption were two waves of earthquakes and no one connected them with what was to come. The inhabitants of Heimaey were woken by the police and firebrigade as they drove around, raising the alarm with their sirens. People streamed down to the docks. Fortunately the weather had been stormy the day before and most of the island´s fleet of 60-70 fishing boats had stayed in harbour. The boats ferried the town´s people to safety at the mainland. 360 houses were buried under ash and lava and many other damaged.
Here I´m standing on the edge of the lava from 1973 where it fell into the ocean and moss and few other plants have started to grow there
This only reminds us that when you live on a volcanic island you have to be prepared for everything
Rocks can have many unusual formations. Like this one, that looks like a huge, old elephant. If you visit the Westman Islands, few miles off the south coast of Iceland you can sail around the biggest one, called Heimaey, where you will see this funny looking rock
The nature is full of wonderful and amazing things, you only need to have your senses and your mind open to appreciate it
21st of June is the longest day of the year in Iceland – Summer Solstice! The incredible natural phenomenon of the midnight sun during the Summer months means the sun remains visible in the sky throughout the night, creating magical views and endless days. Tonight is the peak of the midnight sun meaning the daylight will last throughout the night for 24 hours. Quite a spectacle!
This photo was taken around midnight on the 22nd so that´s the second longest day of the year :)
This is from the Westman Islands, just off the south coast of mainland Iceland. Everything was just quiet and calm except for the sea birds that were having a feast few meters off the shore
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is a very interesting place to visit when in Iceland. 2-3 hours drive from the capital but not overcrowded with tourists like some other better known places.
From Arnarstapi village to Hellnar is an old path that follows the coastline where you can see old lending places of fishermen, lots of birds, like the kittiwake, the Arctic tern and the fulmar and pass through a lava field with the Snæfellsjökull glacier, where Verne started his Journey to the center of the earth, to your right hand side. It is a magnificent place
Arnarstapi, is a very small fishing village W-Iceland, in very interesting natural surroundings, with weird basalt columns, gorges and caves by the coast, in most of which there are populous sea–bird colonies. The most famous cliff is Gatklettur (“Hole cliff”), through which the sea spouts in stormy weather
When I was there the weather was beautiful and I had all the time in the world to enjoy all this natural wonders. That´s exactly what we need to do more, relax and take a time to look around us and be amazed at what nature has created and it´s our duty to respect and preserve it
The coastline between Arnarstapi and Hellnar, at Snæfellsnes peninsula is of dramatic rugged cliffs. It is fascinating to see how the different forces of nature have shaped this area through the ages.
There is a hiking path between these two places that takes about an hour to walk but I recommend much longer time. You have to take your time to stop and admire the view, stand on a vertical cliff top 30 or 40 meters high, watch the ocean below or the birds tending their nests on every sill. Then sit on a soft grassy spot and forget about everything but the nature around you. For those seeking inner peace, this is a good start :)