Day 6 was our biggest driving day during our entire trip. In total, we drove about 4 hours and 50 minutes to and from all our stops!
When we got into the car, I laughed. We had forgotten the water bottle in the car and it had completely froze into an ice chunk overnight!
Our first stop at the Gerduberg basalt columns was a short drive away. They were an impressive sight, towering above our heads!
Can you spot Danny is this photo?
Just up the road was the Olkelda farm where you could taste fresh mineral water directly from the earth for a small donation. It is said to have healing powers, so I’m sad to say I really didn’t enjoy the taste of it.
Next up was the small village of Búðir. We stopped into the hotel for a cup of coffee and one of the cutest little sitting rooms I’ve ever seen!
Just outside the hotel was a small church. We read that it’s one of the most popular wedding destinations in Iceland! I can see why, as the surrounding area is breathtaking!
I absolutely loved the story behind the church. In 1816, the parish at Búðir was abolished. One of the ladies of the parish fought strongly for a new church, but the national church rejected her request. She eventually got royal permission permission to build a new one. There is a quote on the door that says “This church was built in 1848 without the support of the spiritual fathers.”
We continued our journey along the snæfellsnes peninsula and made a stop in Arnarstapi and Hellnar, two very small fishing towns. The Gatklettur arch near Hellnar was so impressive! Watching the tides roll in and out of the lava arch was a sight I’ll never forget.
We grabbed some food nearby and then walked down the road where we found a small church and a path that cut down to the water. We could have spent so much more time in this area, but after looking at our list of things to see that day, we knew we had to be on our way!
We made a quick stop at the Londrangar sea stacks, where hundreds of birds were circling and diving towards the rocks!
I was most excited for our next stop at Djupalonssandur. The beach has the ruins of a shipwreck and tons of little black pebbles. Quite the sight to see!
I was feeling adventurous, so we walked past the crowds to the looming structures at the right of the beach to explore. It took us quite a while! Walking on all those pebbles was hard work! It was worth it though. We were the only people over there and it was so serene to climb up the rock towers and watch the water below.
Our next leg of the journey was a stunning drive up the the peninsula. I snagged as many ‘out the car window’ photos as I could!
The final stop of the day was at Stykkisholmur, a fishing village by breiðafjörður bay. We walked up a path to overlook the water and village as the sun set below the horizon. I took a second to reflect on everything this amazing country had to offer and couldn’t believe our time here would soon be over, a thought that stayed with me as we piled back into the car and made the long drive back to our hotel for the evening.
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