Icelandic July.  Day Twelve: Cinematic Mountains and Seal Show

Icelandic July. Day Twelve: Cinematic Mountains and Seal Show

July 24, 2021 0 By TravelAdvisor

Icelandic July. Organizational and household post
Icelandic July. Day one: the bridge between continents, the oldest lighthouse and wingless auk
Icelandic July. Day Two: Blue Lagoon, geothermal zone, capital and home of Icelandic parliamentarianism
Icelandic July. Day three: waterfall, geysers and thermal spring
Icelandic July. Day four: waterfalls, pool, ash-covered glacier, lighthouse and black beaches
Icelandic July. Day five: black beach, lava fields and canyon
Icelandic July. Day six: glacial valley and seals
Icelandic July. Day seven: port city, basalt waterfall and mountain passes
Icelandic July. Day 8: waterfall, crater lake, geothermal field and troll’s den
Icelandic July. Days nine and ten: whales, waterfall, mammoth rock and houses from the earth
Icelandic July. Day eleven: rusty pieces of iron, absolute west and dead ends

How already wrote it is better to leave entertainments in campsites for the morning. So, in the evening in the pool sat a bunch of people with beer, and in the morning the hot bath belonged only to us.

The proximity of the thermal spring explains the smell of water in the campsite. Razomlev from water procedures, had breakfast at tables outside, because it was warm and sunny. At the same time, they helped out the Czech brothers, who had a battery in their car, and who were denied help by practical Germans.

In a great mood we went to visit the Vikings in the village Eiríksstaðir [65°03.518′N, 21°32.306′W]

Viking village Eiríksstaðir

This interactive museum is open from May to September from 9 am to 3 pm. Here they offer to sit by the fire, listen to sagas, try on historical clothes, hold Viking instruments in our hands … But we limited ourselves to an external examination.

There were many mountains on the way that day. Some of them are movie stars. Kirkjufell [64°55.641′N, 23°18.428′W] starred in Game of Thrones. I haven’t watched this series, so let’s take the internet’s word for it))

Mount Kirkjufell (Isc. Kirkjufell) from & amp; quot; Game of Thrones & amp; quot;

Wikipedia claims that “The mountain owes its name Kirkjufell (church-mountain) to the similarity in shape with the roof of the church. It acquired steep slopes due to the flow of glaciers, over which it rose like a nunatak (a rocky peak completely surrounded by ice, protruding above the surface of the ice sheet)

Mount Kirkjufell (Isc. Kirkjufell) from & amp; quot; Game of Thrones & amp; quot;

Next stop is scenic Dupalonssandur beach(Icelandic Djúpalónssandur) [64°45.213′N, 23°53.699′W], over which the observation deck rises.

Djúpalónssandur beach

Djúpalónssandur beach

Up the stone stairs

Djúpalónssandur beach

Djúpalónssandur beach

we go down.

Djúpalónssandur beach

Around the snow-capped peaks.

Djúpalónssandur beach

But be careful: the beach only pretends to be welcoming. Suddenly, a wave can roll and carry away to a depth – this is how two tourists died here in 2015.

Djúpalónssandur beach

And on the night of March 13, 1948, the trawler Epine (GY7) crashed in this place. A rescue team from nearby settlements tried to help, but the weather conditions were very difficult. Out of 19 people, only 5. The remains of the ship are not specially removed from the beach in memory of the 14 dead sailors.

Four large stones lie nearby: 23 (Amlóði= useless), 54 (Hálfdrættingur = weak), 100 (Hálfsterkur = half strength) and 154 (Fullsterkur = full strength) kg. With their help, applicants who wanted to become rowers were tested. Only those who could understand the Hálfsterkur and put it on the platform at about hip height were qualified.

I will not be a sailor, so we go on. On the way we take pictures of the lighthouse

Lighthouse in Iceland

and rocks.

Iceland Landscapes

A place awaits us Arnarstapi at the foot of the Snæfellsjökull volcano and glacier, which became famous thanks to Jules Verne – it was here that the action of the novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

Snæfellsjökull volcano and glacier

Straight “Next to the parking lot,

there is a large stone statue of a demigod Bardur Snafellsás [64°45.936′N, 23°37.634′W]…

stone statue of the demigod Bardur Snafellsás

He is one of the legendary figures of Iceland and the hero of the Icelandic saga Bárður saga Snæfellsás. The son of a king from Scandinavia came here in the 9th century and at the end of his life disappeared into the Snafelljokull glacier. But he did not die, but became the spirit of the glacier, which the locals still believe in ” []…

But I was much more interested in the rock Gatklettur with arch [64°45.931′N, 23°37.314′W]…

rock Gatklettur

rock Gatklettur

Observation platforms are equipped for a comfortable survey of the coast.

But you need to hurry to the evening seal show. Before that, we saw these animals lying lazily on the shore. But in Ytri tunga[64°48.220′N, 23°04.867′W] they were cheerful and cheerful.

Seals in Iceland

At first, looking at the coastal stones, we were upset: there was no one on them. But then there were splashes, and it became clear exactly where to look.

Seals in Iceland

Like dead ends seals are not at all afraid of people.

Seals in Iceland

See how close to the shore they splash.

Seals in Iceland

Thanking the artists for the show,


went to digest impressions in camping Varmaland, located next to the sports complex. Available wi-fi, toilets, hot water taps, tables and … WIND. He was so strong that he blew off the board collectors, and we, with all our desire, could not find someone to give 333 kroons per person for a tent place.

Sunset in Iceland

Icelandic July. Days thirteen and fourteen: hot and cold water, troll park, sunset and Reykjavik