Day 42: return to Snæfellsnes

Snæfellsnes, the peninsula that juts out to the west just above Reykjavík, is sometimes called “Iceland in miniature.”  It has more than its fair share of landmarks, including Kirkjufell (possibly the most photographed mountain in all of Iceland); Snæfellsjökull, a mile-high stratovolcano; and the fishing village of Stykkishólmur, which was featured in the Ben Stiller movie The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and featured prominently in Tom Clancy’s novel Red Storm Rising.  All are accessible in a single day’s worth of driving.

I revisited Snæfellsnes with two of my classmates after recuperating a bit from the hike across the Hengill volcano.  The scenery did not disappoint.

Volcanoes on the shores of the Selvallavatn lake, south of Stykkishólmur.
Volcanoes on the shores of the Selvallavatn lake, south of Stykkishólmur.
Houses overlook the entrance to the harbor at Stykkishólmur.
Houses overlook the entrance to the harbor at Stykkishólmur.
Kirkjufell.
Kirkjufell.
I couldn't resist snapping a photo of this old bridge as the sun broke through the clouds.
I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this old bridge as the sun broke through the clouds.
Looking down toward Kolgrafafjörður.
Looking down toward Kolgrafafjörður.

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