We had breakfast at the hotel and got picked up around 8:30am for our tour. After we collected everyone, we drove for two hours to a gas station/rest stop. There we picked up snacks/lunch because there is only one place open during the winter/early spring time for food, so it is just better to grab stuff.
Even though today would consist of a lot of driving, the scenery was gorgeous. We drove for another hour before our first stop. We stopped at Ytri-Tunga…actually, I’m too tired to continue writing, but the tour description is fairly accurate as to what we saw. We have an early morning (6am wake up) so we can check out of the hotel, get picked up at 7am, head to the Blue Lagoon, and start relaxing at 8am in the morning. at 10am we get massages, and 11:30am we have lunch reservations at the popular Lava restaurant. After everything is done, we will be headed back on the bus, but this time to the airport, and finally home to see the KITTIES! We have so enjoyed our stay here, it’s been fantastic.
We ate dinner at the same place as last night. This time we both got the Fish market, which consisted of three different slabs of fish: cod, salmon, and redfish with garlic potatoes. Super good.
Here is the tour we took today:
First, you’ll view Snæfellsjökull volcano, wearing a magnificent crown of ice, the highest peak in this area of Iceland and is often visible on clear days from Reykjavik. It is this place that Jules Verne chose as the entrance to the earth’s core in Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.
Ytri-Tunga is a charming farm with a nearby beach that is a popular seal colony. Animal lovers will enjoy seeing their cute faces as they sunbathe and play in the surf. We thought we saw seals, but they were very far away.
Arnarstapi and Hellnar are located in a lovely coastal area with a natural harbor. Beautiful rock formations decorate the coastline, spotted with green-and-yellow moss, and you can stroll along the cliffs here to take in the refreshing sea air.
Look for Lóndrangar, two black basalt columns marking the coast, so tall they can be seen from the road! Djúpalónssandur is another gorgeous black beach, where the air is filled with the sounds of birds circling the cliffs and the ocean waves hitting the sand. I’m pretty sure this is where Katie spotted a few whale spouts of some sort. Common whales to this area are: humpback, orca, and minke. We believe it was minke, but still cool! I even saw it!!!
At Djúpalónssandur, you’ll find a curiosity on the beach: four large, smooth stones. They are “lifting stones,” used to measure the strength of fishermen who once worked and lived all along the coasts here.
The biggest one is called Fullsterkur (“Full-Strength”) and weighs 154 kg (340 lbs). Be sure to lift with your knees so you don’t hurt your back on this one! The second one is called Hálfsterkur (“Half-Strength”) and weighs 100 kg (220 lbs). The third one is called Hálfdrættingur (“Weakling”) and weighs 54 kg (119 lbs). Last, you were the shame of your village if you can only lift Amlóði (“Useless”), at 23 kg (50 lbs). We confirmed that the stones are heavy.
If a fisherman wanted to earn a spot on the fishing boat, he had to be able to lift the “Hálfdrættingur” stone – anything less, and they were not acceptable. Try your strength! Are you ready to join the boats? We would not be accepted as fisherman…unfortunately. Going to be missing out on that huge, cold sea.
At your last stop, Kirkjufell mountain rises out of the green hills, surrounded by trickling rivers. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your own collection! Gorgeous. Lots of photos here.