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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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It was June 2nd and we were in the last week of our trip. We didn’t have any major stops on our agenda for the day. Our destination for the day was Stykkisholmur, Iceland where we had another airbnb waiting for us. We would retrace our route from Patreksfjörður on highway 62 until we connected back up with Highway 60.

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We had breakfast at the airbnb. there was no cooking facilities but we purchased some rolls at a local bakery and of course had tea and Skyr. Skyr was our go to food on the trip. It was convenient because in Iceland each package comes with a spoon.
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This photo illustrates two things. First, it shows how many people drive in Iceland. The roads are narrow and have no shoulders. So it is common to drive down the middle of the road and pull to the right when meeting a car or when a car wants to pass. Second, this is one of the few vehicles that we passed on our three week visit to Iceland. Not to say that my wife is a bad driver but she is known for being slow. At home none of the kids on the soccer team wanted to ride with us because she drove the speed limit. Things didn’t change in Iceland. It always took us 1.5 to 2 times as long to get someplace as the Google Maps indicated. We did pass this RV, a tractor and one car. As it turned out the car was making a right hand turn so it had slowed down.

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Sheep are an ever present road hazard when driving in Iceland. These were intent on crossing the single lane bridge, also common in Iceland, before we did. It would be nice if they stayed in the fields but even where there were fences they managed to get out quite frequently. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.

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The ever present no crapping sign. According to the Icelandic Monitor this problem was much worse in 2015. I’m not sure what happened but it isn’t because they put up more rest rooms.

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So far it had been a rather dull trip. It was cloudy and foggy most of the day making for some dull scenery. As we neared Hvammsfjordur the sun started to peek out a bit. This was a view from a little pull off along the road where some people were camping.

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Just a short drive down the road near the head of Hvammsfjordur we encountered a strange phenomenon. The clouds were pouring over the mountains and down the side. It reminded us of a waterfall.

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It looked like the sun might make a full return as we turned off of highway 60 and caught highway 54 toward Stykkisholmur.

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When we arrived in Stykkisholmur we decided the town was small enough that we could walk down to the harbor area. There were quite a few interesting places to visit in town but it was late and they were closed. Once we reached the harbor we climbed a hill and had some great views of the harbor and city.

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When we walked back down to the docks a fishing boat had just come in and they were unloading their catch of Lumpfish. Most of them are sold to china for caviar.

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It was getting to be dinner time and we noticed a food stand on the docks that was still open. We decided to try the fish and chips. It was very good although a little messy to eat.

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After dinner it was time to call it a nigh so we headed back to our airbnb for the night.

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