Monday, May 22, 2017

Day 10: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

We did an 11 hour bus tour of the Snaefellnes Peninsula. We made lot of short scenic stops, and a few longer stops. 

(Full discloser, there are a disproportionate pictures of me vs. pictures of Jeff because Jeff had the nice camera. Sorry)

Pretty little waterfall we drove by.

The cloud cover was really low, so we couldn't see the tops of any mountains. We were driving right next to volcanoes, but couldn't see them!

This beach is called Ytri-Tunga and had some seals. We tried to get closer to them, but picked the wrong way to try to scamper across... But that's ok! It was so beautiful!



Me pointing at the seals.



At a scenic overlook, looking at craters formed by volcanoes blowing up.


At the shoreline in Hellnar. 





There were so many nesting birds! They were so loud! It was amazing!









Monument to the giant who shaped this area, or something like that. Every bit of Iceland has its own origin story.



Those are the magma chambers of an ancient volcano that cooled, and the rest of the volcano eroded away.

DELICIOUS lunch!

Trying to get my helmet clipped to go in the lava tubes (at Vatnshellir). I swear I have a college degree!


"Journey to the Center of the Earth"


Inside the lava tubes.

At one point the guide had us turn off all lights and stand in total darkness. All we could hear was the dripping of the water. Amazing.



Next stop was called Djupalonssandur (don't ask me to pronounce it).



Ancient sign of manliness

Jeff giving it a try


There are pieces of a ship wreck from 1945 all over the beach

The most beautiful beach!





This was the ground by the water.

Beautiful black pebble beach. 

This mountain normally looks really cool. Still looked pretty cool. It is one of the most photographed landmarks in Iceland, called Kirkjufell. It is 1500 feet tall from the shoreline, and symmetrical (so they tell me).

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall




Jeff running back because we were the last ones back to the bus!

At another scenic overlook



Hey, finally some blue sky!

Back in Reykjavik, we just HAD to eat at the Church Norris Grill, with dishes like "roundhouse kick sandwich" and "knocked out chicken." They had Chuck Norris jokes written all over the walls.

More awesome street art.



We were sooooo exhausted by the end of the day!







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