Where are we and what is nearby
On the spur of the moment in West Iceland
These day trips ares ideal for spontaneous uncomplicated travelers. You put the program together day by day with below recommendations. If the weather is nice you go hiking if not you go fishing and so on. Reykjavík is not so far away for a shopping tour or you try to relax. It is all in the open just as you wish.
By the way nearby are three golf courses and Glanni is supposed to be one of the most beautiful golf courses in Iceland.
Hike to the two craters that belong to the volcanic system of Ljósufjöll. It reaches from Berserkjahraun in the North of the Snæfellsnes peninsula close to Stykkishólmur over the actual Ljósufjöll and Hnappadalur all the way to the Grábrók craters. The pictures shows the fantastic view from the top of Grábrók. It extends over a distance of 90 km and is one of the longest in Iceland. The last eruption took place about thousand years ago at Hnappadalur. The Grábrók craters are interesting geologically because of the way the volcanoes have shaped the rock on the ground. The lava is supposed to be about 3000 years old. The view from the top over the valley is fantastic.
Vatn means lake. It is situated near Grábrók lodge and well accessible by foot. The surface of the lake is 1.3 km2. It lies 56 m above sea level. Its length is about 5 km and its greatest depth 20. On the east side of the bank you will find the lava of the Grábrók craters. There is also heathland and moors to be found and small birch woods.
Trout fishing is possible. Fishing permits can be obtained at the Grábrók lodge or Hreðavatnsskáli.
Glanni, Paradies Oase, Hraunfossar
The river Norðurá has its origin from the highland Holtavörðuheiði and it runs through the Norðurárdalur before it reaches Hvitá river. It is one of the best salmon rivers in Iceland. Easy to reach by foot or car from the Grábrók lodge is the waterfall Glanni. It is surrounded by a small wood where mushroom grow just as well as blueberries. Paradísarlaut, the oasis of paradise lies hidden in the lava banks of Norðurá close to Glanni. It is a great place of piece, quiet and serenity.
The Hraunfossar are situated on the other side of the valley. It is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 700 metres out of Hallmundarhraun. The waterfalls pour into the Hvitáriver from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. A small bridge crosses the river Hvitá. From there the view is great to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The picture shows Glanni in early May.
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is also called „Iceland in miniature“ because many beautiful sights can be found in the area. The Eldborg crater came from another of the many craters of the valley Hnappadalur which are part of the volcanic system Ljósufjöll. Its last eruption was about 5000 years ago. It is easiest to approach Eldborg from the farm Snorrastaðir. It is possible to walk all the way around the crater as well as up it. Very special are the white sandy beach in Búðir and the colourful mountains in the surrounding. The volcano covered with a glacier, Snæfellsjökull, is an iconic strato volcano. Its peak reaches 1446 m (4745 ft). Arnarstapi offers a lot of nice seascape. It has countless basalt seastacks, arches and deep coves. It is also a popular nesting site for the arctic tern, the great black backed gull and the fulmar. Stykkishólmur is the largest town on the peninsula.
There is a seal museum at Hvammstangi. The Vatnsnes peninsula is a unique, wild and uninhabited area. The ringed seal and the common seal can be watched from Illugastaðir. Ósar is the location of the 15m high Hvitserkur, a rock formation. It is a striking landmark just offshore which looks like an elephant or a sea monster depending on how one looks at it. Drive along Viðidalur and you will reach the farm Kolugil which stands beside the river Viðidalsá. Below the farm the water falls into a deep, rugged gorge called Kolugljúfur. It cascades over many waterfalls called Kolufossar. The gorge got its name from the lady troll called Kola. She was supposed to have dug up the gorge and stayed there.
Going back to Keflavík
Drive to Keflavík and visit the beautiful peninsula.
Grábrók er um 170 metra hár gjallgígur sem rís upp norðaustan við Hreðavatn. Grábrók er stærst þriggja gíga á stuttri gossprungu. Úr þessum gígum Stóru-Grábrók, Grábrókarfelli (Rauðabrók) og Litlu-Grábrók (Smábrók) rann Grábrókarhraun fyrir um 3400 árum. Hraunið er um 7 km2. Meðalþykktin í borholum er 20 m. Hraunið stíflaði Norðurá og ýtti henni upp að austurhlíðum dalsins. Einnig stíflaði það dalkvosina sem Hreðavatn er nú í og myndaði vatnið. Fallegar lindir koma upp undan hrauninu á nokkrum stöðum. Stærstu lindirnar eru í svokallaðri Paradís eða Paradísarlaut. Gígarnir og Grábrókarhraun hafa verið friðlýst náttúruvætti síðan 1962. Vinsælt er að ganga upp á Grábrók, það er auðveld gönguleið og þangað liggur göngustígur með manngerðum þrepum. Source WIKIPEDIA
Ljósufjöll and Grabrók
Ljósufjöll is a fissure vent system and central volcano on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland. The system has a length of about 90 km reaching from the lavafields Berserkjahraun on the northside of Snæfellsnes to the village Bifröst and the nearby Grábrók craters next to the no. 1 highway (hringvegur) north of Borgarnes.
The volcanic system contains cinder cones and is the only system on the peninsula that has erupted in recorded history. The eruption took place in the 12th century (1148) and cost the lives of around 80 people. One of them was the then bishop of Skálholt, Magnús Einarsson.
The name derives from the central volcano and translates into English as “Mountains of the Light”. The system is the largest Quaternary rhyolitic outcrop in the Snæfellsnes volcanic zone and as such the central volcano is highly silicic which causes the light coloration. Source WIKIPEDIA
Es handelt sich um drei Krater, der Hauptkrater heißt Stóra-Grábrók, der kleinere Litla-Grábrók. Ein dritter Krater mit Namen Grábrókarfell befindet sich westlich von ihnen. Sie grenzen direkt an den Hringvegur nördlich von Borgarnes im Norðurárdalur. Das Dorf und die Internatshochschule Bifröst liegen zu ihren Füßen im von ihnen geschaffenen Lavafeld.
Zahlreiche Wanderwege findet man auf den Kratern und in ihrer Umgebung, etwa auch am lieblichen Hreðavatn. Source WIKIPEDIA