Trip to Iceland: Day 2

The pictures below from Day 2 of my trip to Iceland were all taken during a road trip from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, northwest of the capital. Very quickly it became evident that Iceland is a stunningly beautiful country and it was a real challenge not to stop the car every five minutes for another breathtaking vista. Canada also has more than its share of ruggedly beautiful coastline, mountains and natural wonders, but not in such a compressed space. Canadians are accustomed to driving great distances to see landmarks, but Iceland presents travellers with a fresh spectacular sight at every other bend in the road—it just doesn't seem fair, somehow!

This area around Snæfellsjökull—which Wikipedia tells me is "a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano with a glacier covering its summit"—is wild and home to mysterious crevices and caves. Little wonder that Jules Verne chose it as the entry point for his Journey to the Centre of the Earth. I didn't make it all the way to the centre, but I did manage to visit a lava cave (Vatnshellir) that took me 35m below the surface of the earth. That was far enough.

As always, the wind didn't spare us for a second and the rain, when it came on and off, was frequently horizontal. Given all the fury in the elements and landscape, I couldn't quite bring myself to process Day 2's pictures in colour: they called out for black and white. Here are just a few.

 Near Bogarnes, Iceland 1

Near Bogarnes, Iceland 1

 Near Bogarnes, Iceland 3

Near Bogarnes, Iceland 3

 On Snæfellsnesvegur 1

On Snæfellsnesvegur 1

 Snæfellsnes Peninsula 1

Snæfellsnes Peninsula 1

 Snæfellsnes Peninsula 3

Snæfellsnes Peninsula 3

 Lóndrangar basalt cliffs

Lóndrangar basalt cliffs

 Rauðfeldsgjá

Rauðfeldsgjá