Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Iceland - Travel Day #3

The day after our Gospel workshop ended we had our last travel day. William knew immediately where we should go - the Snæfelsnes Peninsula north of Reykajvik. On a very clear day you could see the mountain range across the water from Keflavik. But when we started out that morning it was definitely not a clear day.

Jimmie, our photographer, soon began to complain . . . "you've seen one snow-covered mountain, you've seen them all" . . . but I still disagree. Thankfully, he continued to capture each one I admired.

I think this was the fjord that we drove through a tunnel under the water to get to the other side.

We crossed this bridge to get to Borgarnes where it snowed on us going and coming. At Borgarnes we branched off the Ring Road and started around the south side of the Peninsula.

Within minutes the snow stopped and the skies began to clear. It also turned colder, if that is possible, and the winds soon became a major concern.

Even with icy winds so strong Jimmie and William could scarsely stand in it, they continued to stop for pictures. William hasn't suddenly gained 50 pounds here - that's just the wind ballooning his clothes. Katrece and I wisely chose to stay inside the car.

Then suddenly we rounded a curve, and the wind just disappeared.

The sign by this hole claimed that this was where the Journey to the Center of the Earth began. I don't think so.

The best road signs we found in Iceland!

A sod-covered house.

The sign said this is a monument to the glacier, Snæfelsjokull. Maybe. It was in Icelandic so it was a little hard to be sure.

"Hurry! I'm freezing over here!"

Snæfelsjokull, the glacier made famous by Jules Verne. We chose to stay on the coast for a safer road so we got a more distant view of the glacier . . .

. . . but an incredible view of the lava beach in front of it.

The small white specks on the side of this formation are actually sea birds nesting on the rock.

Some of the lava field between Snæfelsjokull and the beach.

Snæfelsjokull is actually one of the smallest glaciers in Iceland. Only the snowy peak sitting on top of the Snæfels Mountain is the glacier.

Finally, we continued on around the peninsula to other snow-capped mountains.

Back to civilization. Olafsvik is a small fishing village on the north side of the peninsula.

Shortly after this we took the low mountain pass across the peninsula. The temperature promptly dropped to 29 degrees so we drove on icy slush, but made it safely down the other side and headed back to Reykjavik.

We only saw a very small portion of this incredible country. I hope these pictures have helped you to see some of the unique beauty God created at the top of the world.

- Linda

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