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Wed, 15 Sep 2010
iceland, day 03 (0 comments)
today morning ninsti told me she has seen a little cat in front of our hostel. unfortunately i was still brushing teeth while she already packed the car with our luggage, so i didn't see it. too sad - maunz. it didn't take long until we spotted another waterfall[006-029] where we stopped to explore it and take pictures. then we drove on to ólafsvík where there was a bigger church[032-035].
driving on we drove through the glacier area around snæfellsjökull [036-045], a nearly endless area with extrusive rocks covered with moss and short grass. saxhólar[046-057], a small volcano crater which one can climb, was our next stop.
skaðsvík[059-077] a wonderful beach was our next unplanned stop. since there was almost no wind in the small bay it got pretty warm. we even took off our shoes[067-075]. as usually we were totally alone again, enjoying the wonderful beach. i also found an alien egg shaped stone[076-077].
our first planned stop was svörtuloft[081-106], a cliff where birds, such as puffins and seagulls, use to build their nests and breed. unfortunately the puffins were already gone (as always). i wonder if i will ever see one in real one day. so, besides a lot of bird shit, wind, spray, and a wonderful lighthouse, there was not much else at the cliffs of svörtuloft. nonetheless, a very nice and impressive place (but i guess that is for every little spot in iceland)!
next signposted sight was fálki[107-150], a place full of ruins, a water well, and another lighthouse.
when we left the place we soon found two hitchhikers along the road. they were a belgian couple hiking through iceland. so we took them with us for quite a while. on our ongoing trip we came by malariff[153-154], a lighthouse in the shape of a rocket, lóndrangar[155], two huge stone columns, which are said to be elven churches. unfortunately there was no road that got us closer to the rocks. we dropped off the two hikers at a N1 gas-station. N1 stations are all over the country and we usually take a coffee break at them, because on the airplane there was a brochure giving away coupons for free coffee. we collected some of them. at the station there was also a map of the nearby area, and we found a hostel on the map. since it was very close we decided to go there. but when we got there we just found a house with some people in there. we were pretty surprised when the lady who opened the door told us that this map might have been a little outdated, since there is no hostel any more for more than ten years now. hehe. oh well... so we drove on to stykkishólmur to another HI hostel.

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