The last day of our wonderful week. I hope you enjoyed reading about it so far, there are still 24 hours to go!
This was the day that we spent most hours in the car and took a long, scenery drive from Huni early in the morning to reach Reykjavik in the evening. On the way we found some beautiful horses who decided to block the road and take advantage of us passing by to get extra cuddles. The sheep weren’t quite along the same vibe, but considering that only a couple of them suddenly crossed the road in front of us, I was quite content to see them too.
The only plan for the day was to take a small diversion to see one of Iceland’s most iconic landscapes, the Kirkjufell mountain. After driving for a while on a nearly empty tank, with an autonomy of only 20 km, we saw signs for the nearest town and we both cheered, heading to the petrol station.
Kirkjufell means “church mountain” as its shape resembles the profile of a church (does it?). It is located a few minutes West on route Snӕfellsnesvegur 54 from the town of Grundarfjördur, in the Snӕfellsnes peninsula. If you are based in Reykjavík you will only have to drive 2 hours.
Being the most photographed mountain in Iceland, I created a certain image in my mind, with it being quite high. It actually only measures 463 meters, but its beauty and location make it impressive. On one side the beach, on the other mountains and Kirkjufellsfoss, the nearby waterfall. As other places in the North of Europe, this was the set for one of the Game of Thrones episodes in season 7 and I can see why they have chosen this spot. It is possible to hike to the top in about an hour and a half, but unless you are a very experienced hiker, it is recommended to go with a guide. The view from the top must be worth it, but do not ever underestimate what seems to be an easy path.
Waiting for the clouds to clear up and take a picture with a blue sky was not going well, so we decided to proceed to make the most of the hours of sunlight we had. Not far from Kirkjufell there is another iconic place, the black church of Búðir (Búðakirkja). The scenery to get there is stunning, leaving behind black sand beaches and blue water to see snowy mountains.
Driving down road 54 you can take road 578 towards Hellnar and Arnarstarou and you will see signs to Búðir. It won’t be difficult to spot as it stands out visibly in the wilderness of its surroundings. The church was built in 1703 and reconstructed in 1987. It is not the only black one in Iceland, but it certainly is the most famous one.
As we reached Reykjavik we walked to the centre, had the most amazing dinner and concluded the week with the best souvenir Iceland can offer… The northern lights! Just when we were least expecting it, in the brightest place we had been all week, there it was. Above us, dancing blue and green strikes waved in the sky. I can’t guarantee you’ll see this, but I really hope you do! Remember you should go between the end of September and the end of March to have enough hours of darkness. You can also check the solar activity and the probability of seeing the Aurora by looking at the forecast. Good luck!
Thank you so much for reading through this journey. I hope you found it useful or somewhat interesting. If so, please share it with your friends and convince them to embark with you on this wonderful trip. I would be glad to help you if you decided to plan your visit to Iceland. There are many places I haven’t seen, but read about and will, one day, go to. Leave a comment or use the contact form to get in touch 🙂
See you soon for another adventure!