Monday, August 19, 2013

Iceland - Snaefellsjokull National Park - Rauðhóll

August 5, 2013

Distance: 2.6 miles
Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Year to date miles: 181.4

Driving directions: From Stykkisholmur, take route 58 south. Turn right on 54 west. Pass through the town of Grundarfjordur. 54 turns into 575. 575 turns into 574. Pass the town of Olfsvik. 574 turns into 573. Pass the towns of Rif and Hellisandur. Turn left at sign for Eysteinsdalur Snaefellsjokull. There is a sign on the gravel road at the parking area for the start of the hike. There is room for around 2 cars to park.

Map: Mal og menning, Map 10, Snaefellsnes (purchased from Omni Maps), also Trails in Snaefellsjokull

Parking: See above.

More info: Snaefellsjokull National Park

Restrooms: None

Hike directions: We chose 5 short hikes, all start from the same gravel road. This was the first hike we reached on the road. It is described  as hike #10 in Trails in Snaefellsjokull. We just followed the red tipped posts. This is a lollypop hike.

Lodging after: Hotel Egilsen, Stykkisholmur from the drive to the trail. Notice the lack of trees anywhere! Trees in Iceland are very unusual - when we saw them, we assumed they had been planted by someone.

One of the first lava fields we saw up close - from our car window. Glen was so excited.
By the end of the trip, it was like - yeah, another lava field. They are all over.

Just a view along the drive. We just stopped and parked on the road to take this photo.
It is very common to see tourists just stop on the road, get out of their cars, and take photos.

A mountain just past Grundarfjordur. I believe ropes might be necessary to climb it.

The beautiful Kirkjufell. Super steep scree covered sides.

Remains of a farm.
Sign for the gravel road

Sign at the trailhead

Parking - on the other side is the lava field, I believe caused by this crater.

The trail is marked with red tipped posts.

We saw a surprising number of wildflowers, which grow right amongst the lava rocks.

From the top of the crater

The trail circles the top of the crater.

Sheep in the valley

Returning next to a stream

Black lava sand on the stream bank

Lava along the stream bank

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