Icelandic Road Trip – Columnar basalt formations and more waterfalls !

After visiting Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, we went back on the ring road heading towards Höfn. We stopped at an interesting rock formation on our way : Kirkjugólf.  These flat basalt columns are situated at the east of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Once at the Kirkjubaejarklaustur round-about, we took the direction to Geirland. 600 m ahead, there was a small parking lot and a sign “Kirkjugólf”. We walked for about 200 meters and found the rock formations. Nearby, there was also some waterfalls and a very strange grave.

At 12 km north of Kirjubæjarklaustur, we stopped at the iconic Foss á Siðu. A path was leading up to the waterfall and we took some pictures over there.

At 200 m from the previous waterfall, on the other side of the road, there were some basalt rocks : Dverghamarar. The landscape is thought to have been molded at the end of the Ice Age. The sea level was higher at that time and it is believed that the waves caused the peculiar look of the rocks. We found an abandoned plush toy and that was a sad view, I was thinking about the heartbroken kid who must have forgotten it :'(

After that, we drove through Skeiðarársandur, the world’s largest lava plain. We saw interesting twisted remains of a bridge that was broken down after a volcanic eruption nearly 20 years ago. The landscape was very desolate and amazing at the same time. And we even had a bit of blue sky, the weather was getting better :-)

(to be continued…)

Advertisements

14 responses to “Icelandic Road Trip – Columnar basalt formations and more waterfalls !

  1. Pingback: [Icelandic Road Trip] – Hiking to Svartifoss, the black waterfall | Darwin on the rocks and around the world·

  2. Pingback: [Icelandic Road Trip] – Searching for the Enchanted Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon | Darwin on the rocks and around the world·

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s