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Our goal on June 3rd was to drive along the coast of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. We expected there would be a lot to see so we were up early. Leaving Stykkisholmur we caught highway 54 heading toward Grundarfjörður. We drove past some beautiful volcanic mountains  with clouds hanging above them. We stopped several times to take photos.
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When we reached Grundarfjörður my wife went shopping and I walked along the harbor taking photos.

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At the west end of Grundarfjörður we encountered Kirkjufell Mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall. We walked around the waterfall taking pictures. The clouds were good for waterfall photos but the top of Kirkjufell Mountain was covered in fog.

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After leaving  Grundarfjörður we headed for Olafsvik. It was a beautiful drive along the coast. When we reached Olafsvik  we did what we always do when we reach a town, we drove down to the harbor. A fishing boat was just pulling into the harbor and heading toward the fish processing plant when we arrived.

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Just outside Olafsvik we stopped at Ingjaldsholl Church At Hellisandur . The wild Lupine was blooming with the church and Snaefellsjokull National Park in the background. We turned on the wrong road and ended up on a rough dirt road going into the park. We discovered the error of our ways but before doing so got some great bird photos.

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Moving on we encountered the Neshraun lava field and then on to Öndverðarnes which is the western most tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. As we drove into the area on a narrow volcanic road we stopped at to look at some of the beautiful beaches along the north shore.

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We spent time hiking around the area. In the old days Öndverðarnes was a fishing village where fisherman brought their catch ashore. There is a lighthouse and an old well, Fálki, which offers the only fresh water in the area.

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The entire area is a rugged lava field dominated by spectacular views of the Snaefellsjokull glacier and volcano.

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While we were having lunch we kept hearing a motor out on the water. When we went to investigate we notice a fishing boat tending nets. Apparently they were successful because they were surrounded by gulls.

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Walking along the water’s edge provided us some beautiful shots. There were some sheep grazing along the shore.

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After Lunch we drove over to the Skalasnagi Lighthouse and Saxholsbjarg Bird Cliffs. There were some spectacular views. If the winds are right there are some awesome waves hitting the lava cliffs. As we were leaving the area we noticed this volcano beside the road.

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As we drove south toward Djúpalón Beach we encountered spectacular views of Snaefellsjokull glacier and volcano.

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When we reached Djúpalón Beach the parking lot was full. It was mid afternoon and the sun was really in the wrong place to photograph the sea stacks. While we were there the waves started to really pound the beach.

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The beach is littered with the remains of the British Trawler Epine which sank in 1948 with loss of life.

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As we walked back up to the parking lot we noticed this arch in the rocks. Somehow we didn’t notice it when we walked down to the beach.

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We continued driving on highway 574 until we reached the Malarrif Lighthouse. This is still an active lighthouse although it is not open to the public. There were a number of buildings on the grounds and it looked like someone had constructed some play equipment including a small zip line that some girls were trying out.

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A short trail from the parking lot provided some great views of the Londrangar Pillars and cliffs as well as the Snaefellsjokull glacier and volcano.

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There were some great views along highway 574 on the way to Budir.

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There is really not much in Budir which sits near the junction of 574 and highway 54. The There is a Hotel Budir and restaurant and an old black church. The original inn and restaurant burned down in 2001 and has since been rebuild. The church is said to be one of four back churches in Iceland. The Hotel is a popular wedding destination and the weddings are held in the old church. The last shot is a view from the Hotel Budir.

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While visiting the black church we notice a waterfall back along the junction with highway 54 so we decided to drive back to it. Bjarnarfoss  was a beautiful waterfall falling over the escarpment. Someone was in the process of building a new parking lot with lots of parking.

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When we came out of the parking lot we made a wrong turn onto highway 54 heading over the mountains to Olafsvik. It looked like the road was not paved for part of the way. Regardless we wanted to drive back along highway 574. There were some great views before we found the error of our ways.

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We stopped for a few photos on the way back to Stykkisholmur. We had hoped to have some nice light when we reached Kirkjufell Mountain but shortly after taking this photo of a farm the fog rolled in and the Kirkjufell was covered in fog.

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When we arrived back in Stykkisholmur we decided to check the town out. We walked down to the harbor again. Then walked over to the church in town before calling it a day.

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More photos and a complete listing of my Icelandic blogs can be found on my website.

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