When we drove to Eldhraun house it was dark so we didn’t see the view in our right and left. It was only morning when we drove back to Kirkjublaeklaustur we saw that the accommodation is located in the middle of mossy lava field, 25km from the town.
Some facts about Moss
Moss is a common plant in Iceland. It grows abundantly in the mountainous region and is a special characteristic of Iceland’s lava fields. One of the most spectacular moss blanket is located on the southern coast of Iceland, over the Eldhraun Lava Field.
The Eldhraun Lava field was created in one of the most devastating eruptions in recorded history. Over a course of eight months, between 1783 and 1774, the Laki fissure and the adjoining Grimsvotn volcano poured out an estimated 14 cubic kilometers of basalt lava and clouds of poisonous gases that contaminated the soil, killing half of Iceland’s cattle and horses, and more than three-quarter of sheep. That year, nothing grew on the fields and no more fish could be found in the sea. The resulting famine killed approx. a quarter of the island’s human population
Today plan was to drive up to Borgarnes and stay the night there so we could see Kirkjuffel the next day. But before that we’re going to make a stop to see Fjadrargljufur (I hope I spell it right).
Fjadrargljufur (or Fjadra Canyon) is a 100 m deep and about 2 kilometres long serpentine canyon with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. The bedrock is mostly patagonite from cold periods of the Ice Age and it thought to be 2 million years old. It is believed the canyon formed at the end of the last Ice Age, about nine thousand years ago. When the glacier retreated a lake formed in the valley behind a hard resitant rock. The runoff from the lake flowed to where Fjadragljufur is today and erosion did the work.
It is a favourite for most tourist in Iceland and partly tourism has also increased to the canyon because it was featured in one of the Justin Bieber videos. It is a very beautiful sight in Summer and favorite photography spot due to the strange shapes and arches of the canyon. Last year spring, the trail has been closed to preserve the vegetation and we don’t know if it will continue.
In winter Fjadrargljufur is rarely accessible because the road is usually blocked by snow.
However when we went there, we saw the road was open.
My pictures in winter doesn’t do justice to the canyon as you can’t see the stream falling and the shape of the canyon clearly. There is a clear path which takes you along the edge of the canyon and lead you to a waterfall. I read somewhere it takes about 1 hour.
Our next stop is the town of Vik which we didn’t get to stop previously. So we planned to have lunch there and see the iconic Vic church.
Our lunch destination is the soup company. I have become fond of icelandic soup eversince I had the lobster soup in Jokulsarlon. The soup here also do not disappoint. I have the icelandic lamb soup while Hubby and Fabio tried the lava soup on a bread. Both soup are so yummie. And we were so happy when we were told that we get second serving for free for every bowl of soup. Yay!!
From Vik we continue driving to Borgarnes, passing Reykjavik. The weather was fine and it was an enjoyable drive until we reach Borgarnes and making our way to our farm house. The weather started to turn bad and the wind got really strong.
Our accommodation for that night was snorrastadir farm holiday house. It has a similar set up like Eldhraun home. When we finally reached there the wind was crazy. I was so glad that the owner has turned on the lights and put the heater on so it was warm and cozy inside. The farm house has a nice walking trail and is supposedly a good place to observe northern light. But with the current weather we are definitely out of luck this time
Weather forecast the next day in snaeffelness peninsula doesn’t look good at all and we don’t have many days left to catch the elusive northern light. When we saw the northern light forecast, Reykjavik area actually looked good. Looked like we have to say goodbye to Snaeffelness and head down to Reykjavik tomorrow 😭
It was still snowing heavily in the morning and it didn’t look it was going to get any better. So finally we decided to drive down to Reykjavik and say good bye to Kirkjuffel mountain.