Saturday, February 1, 2014

A Midsummer's dream, Part 4: Sneaffelsness peninsula

When Sif had a week off from work, we set of together to explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland.
Not very far from Reykjavik and a beautiful drive up.
On the very tip of this peninsula is the Snæfellsjökull volcano, which is covered by a glacier.

We took our time exploring the coastline and enjoying superb weather.

Little Black Church at Búðir.

Lots of shipwreck evidence along the rough shores.

Until we finally reach the end of the peninsula and find a camping spot with a view on the glacier.

The next morning the weather is still great, so we set out to make an attempt to reach the summit of the volcano.
According to Jules Verne, the entrance to the center of the earth lies on the top, as described in his book "Journey to the center of the Earth",
It is a daunting 1446 meters high, but we manage to drive
my old Opel all the way up to the edge of the glacier.
Getting closer to the summit.
And we have reached the top!
There is actually some smoke escaping from gaps earth
and the whole thing feels very unstable.
We take a quick rest and enjoy the magnificent views, before heading back down.
We manage to get down safely, though we did had to
jump over several crevasses in the glacier.
In hindsight not the smartest thing to do, but we survived.

We spend some more days of relaxed camping.
Took a trip to the small island of Flatey and relax in the sun with the local inhabitants,
before heading back to the capital.

To be continued in part 5: Landmannalaugar hike

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