Written by the Warrior
Iceland is world renowned for its pristine natural environment. But I was surprised to find out that they only have three national parks. The Vatnajökull National Park is found in South Iceland, while the other two are both found in West Iceland, the neglected part of Iceland in the Blog thus far.
Snæfellsjökull National Park was the setting used by Jules Verne in his book “Journey to the Centre of the Earth“. And just like his characters in the novel, we descended into the darkness of an 8000 years old lava tube cave, the Vatnshellir cave, which can only be visited as part of a hugely popular tour.
And I suppose, if you dare to venture deeper just like the characters in Jules Verne’s novel, you could very well end up in Stromboli, Italy.
The cave is cold year round, have very uneven footing, and is only lit under the glow of our flash lights, which added the perfect amount of mystique into the whole experience.
During our 45 minute tour, we learned about the local geology, as well as the troll folklore, which captivated one hundred percent of the attention of the Dragon and the Tiger Princess.
According to the Lonely Planet on Iceland, Snæfellsjökull National Park encompasses much of the western tip of Snæfellsnes pennisula and wraps around the mighty Snæfellsjökull ice cap, peaking at 1440m above sea level.
During our entire visit in the region, the ice cap was shrouded under a blanket of thick fog, so we never actually got the opportunity to see it.
Fortunately for us, plenty of other primordial elements revealed itself to us.
The town of Hellnar clearly hath no fury like these jagged volcanic rocks and dramatic cliffs on the route to the town of Arnastapi.
Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland.
The scorched black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur.
The collapsed craters of Saxhóll…
And the most awesomely awesome, free museum for children at the town of Grundarfjörður’s Saga Centre.
By the way, Icelanders are seriously the most efficient people I have ever met. In every town outside the two major cities, the tourist information centre, the museum, the restaurant/cafe and the toilets can all be found in the same building! As an Engineer, I serious feel unworthy in their entirely industrious and totally efficient presence.