This past weekend EPI and I attended the wedding of a dear friend. The ceremony took place here in Reykjavík and then a group of us drove up to beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula where there was a fabulous reception at Hótel Búðir, replete with three-course dinner and dancing afterwards.
The following day the party journeyed up to the top of Snæfellsjökull glacier where the newlyweds received yet more blessings; however unfortunately EPI and I had to opt out because we were needed back in town. However we could not resist stealing a couple of hours before heading back, to visit some of our most favourite places in the area.
First we headed to Arnarstapi, about a 20 minute drive from Búðir, headed west. It’s a small village with a tiny harbour, known for its rock formations at the seashore. The sea has carved deep caves into the sides of the cliffs, which later caved in, creating amazing arches.
There are also bird cliffs galore.
And the birds nest on top of the arches.
From there we drove another ten minutes or so, to Hellnar, where there is a wonderful little cafe down by the seashore. There is also the rock face.
And more hollowed-out caves.
From there, onwards towards Djúpalónssandur. It’s a long pebble beach and when you’re right at the seashore and the waves roll in and out, it’s like the universe breathing, with the sound of a zillion pearls tinkling on the exhale [it’s really the stones … they are all perfectly smooth].
At the foot of the beach there is a set of stones that in the old days were used to test the strength of those who wanted a job on a fishing boat. To be hired, you had to be able to lift the stone that weighed 54 kg.
We also hiked over to Dritvík, which a couple of centuries ago was a major port. Up to 700 people worked there at the same time. Now it is deserted, apart from the occasional tourist. That strange rock formation always reminds me of some prehistoric beast.
On the way back we stopped at the maze. It’s like one of those kids’ puzzles where you have to find your way to the middle, only this one is made with stones and is a couple centuries old. It really does take some skill to find your way to the middle.
On leaving the maze and crossing the lava field, what should we see but … an elf!!
Not really – but it’s easy to see how all those stories came about in the early days, no?
By this time we’d stayed much longer than we’d planned, and it was time to head home.
THE SUN JUST CAME OUT
And coloured everything rose. Just before midnight! Otherwise it’s been pretty cool today, around 8°C with a bit of wind. We now have 10°C [50F] according to yahoo weather, sunrise was at 3.05 am and sunset at 11.50 pm.