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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Iceland (Part 2) - Blue Lagoon and Snaefellnes Peninsula, Western Iceland

We rented a 2WD Ford Focus this is our transport for the rest of our journey in Iceland.


Blue Lagoon
This is one of the famous touristy place that one has to step foot on when you are in Iceland. We are not exactly interested in this man made lagoon but since we were already quite near there so might as well.. You know..


Before we enter the ticket office of Blue Lagoon, there is this beautiful walkpath which you can take to enjoy the scenery of blue color lagoon . If you are not interested in swimming in the hot blue pool and just want to enjoy the scenery of blue color lagoon, you can just walk through this footpath and you don't even have to pay a single cent.
Inside the Blue Lagoon was quite misty as the water was hot. 
You may visit the Blue Lagoon website to decide which package you want to take and how to get there.

Western Iceland, Snaefellnes Peninsular
Our next destination was Western Iceland, Snaefellnes Peninsular. I highly recommend the guesthouse we stayed in, Grund i Grundarfirdi. It was 5 minutes drive away from the town, Grundarfjorour. The host was super friendly and nice, they will stock up food in the kitchen so that guests won't go hungry. The guesthouse was clean and cosy. We felt so at home while staying there. The host, Pall even became my husband driving instructor, teaching him how to drive on icy, slippery road. Even after we left the guesthouse, he still called regularly to ask how were we doing in Iceland and whether we saw the northern lights, like a friend, was really happy to know Pall! Highly recommended!



Northern lights encounter #1: seen from our guest house
The next best thing was, we saw the northern lights on our second night stay in Grund i Grundarfirdi! We got back at the guesthouse at around 9pm. Hubby looked up into the sky and saw a weird patch of white cloud looking thing and asked me, "Eh? How come can see white clouds in the night sky one?" I looked up and told hubby to prepare his camera..




We were ecstatic! This was the first time we saw northern lights! It was really beautiful. The northern lights we saw this time was the inactive one. Meaning, it's just a flash across the sky, it's not 'dancing' above us, but we were really super happy and satisfied. After about half an hour, clouds creep in and we are unable to see the northern lights anymore.

Kirkjufell Mountain
Grund i Grundarfirdi was located directly in front of the beautiful Kirkjufell Mountain.



Arnarstapi
The famous monument of the town was this giant stone statue.

I was so small beside it. Hahaha.
Walking to the cliff side, we saw the Eagle's cliff.



If you have the time to spare and if the road and weather conditions permit, you can actually hike to Anarstapi from Hellnar. The tourist information center is in Hellnar and they can provide you details of the hiking route around the towns in Snaefellnes Peninsular.

Hellnar



Unfortunately, when we were there, the road conditions were bad and we were unable to drive any further. It's a pity that we couldn't go nearer to the Snaefellsjokull National Park.


Other places of interest which we had planned to go but had to cancel due to the bad road conditions were:
- Londrangar, which is 6km from Hellnar. There are 2 massive lava formations here.
- Djupalonssandur and Dritvik, which is 8km from Londrangar. These are the black sand beaches with stunning rock formations.
- And of course, the Snaefellsjokull National Park, where there are many famous sites such as the magnificent Snaefells glacier, Saxholl volcano crater, volcanic lava cave (Vatnshellir).
So many things that we couldn't explore! Next time I must choose another time of the year to come to explore the places I missed out.
So if you plan to go Snaefellsness Peninsular, and the road conditions permit, do include the above into your itinerary!

While driving around Snaefellnes Peninsular, there were many beautiful scenery and rock formations along the road. We couldn't control ourselves and we had to stop in the middle of the road to admire the scenery and take some photos.






The actual scenery is much more beautiful and mesmerizing than the photos. I couldn't describe my feeling when we were driving through the mountains. I so touched and attracted to the surrounding, I dun want to leave.


Okay, I'm ending this post with the amazing 'bright orange' sunset in Iceland! Stay tune for Part 3 - Southern Iceland!

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