south coast & snaefellsnes // iceland

South Coast & Snaefellsnes

Snaefellsjökull (Wikipedia) is a glacier covered strata volcano on the snaefellsnes peninsula and it’s the entry point for Joules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. We took the ferry from the West Fjords to Snaefellsnes peninsula.

This is one of two posts about Iceland. See the journey into Iceland’s West Fjords. Iceland’s Snaefellsnes peninsula embodies the magical essence that draws to many to Iceland. The ethereal personality of this peninsula was recognized in 1864 by Jules Verne and today quietly sits just outside of the tourist circles of Iceland’s Golden and Ring roads. The entire surface of the south and west side of the peninsula is a hellish lava landscape that looks frozen in time. One can float above the heaving lava and watch the bubbles slowly burst and the lava tumble down volcanic cones–except that it is actually frozen, solid, and moss and claimed these fields to make them look like a giant green pillow.

Snaefellsjökull kirkjufell in West Iceland moss covered lava flow on Snæfellsnesdramatic chiaroscuro on Saefellsnes Iceland

From Saefellsness we traveled to Iceland’s southern most village of Vik on Iceland’s Ring Road. It’s here that trolls came to Iceland to abandon their ships off the shore which turned into stone pillars. IMG_9330
Icelandic horses affectionately muzzle. IMG_9395 Gullfoss in Iceland in dramatic evening light IMG_9618 vik iceland Reynisdrangar vik iceland Skaftafellsjökull in October Glaciers reach into the lowlands from Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, Europes largest icecap. Where the glacier meets the moraine lake colossal shards of glacier slowly reduce to water and flow towards the Norwegian Sea.Skaftafellsjökull  Höfn í Hornafirði harbor IMG_9994

More travel photography from Iceland’s south coast & Snæfellsnes

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