Our second day on the peninsula looks promising as the rain seems to have given us a short break although the clouds still loomed above. Our first stop was Kirkjufellsfoss, the waterfall with a view of Kirkjufell mountain – otherwise known as Gandalf’s hat in some circles. The gloomy weather meant that the crowds were minimal. Only two other photographers were there when we arrived so we were able to get some decent shots before heading out to our next spot – a “secret” spot that the receptionist at the hotel told us about the other night.
A place were a golden beach was hidden away and two lighthouses of different colours waited at opposite ends. Driving down the very sketchy road we soon found ourselves in sight of an orange lighthouse. The road became more difficult to drive so we decided to park and hike in. We explored the lighthouse and the cliff edges when I spotted this sea arch. I love how the ocean is able to carve out a neat little hole in the cliff. The power of mother nature astounds especially here in Iceland.
After exploring the area we hopped in the car to check out another sea arch on the southern portion of the peninsula. The Aarnastapi Arch is fairly well known and sits close to a magnificent park written about by Jules Vern in Journey to the Centre of the Earth. At the parking lot sits a memorial to his work and only a few short steps in lies the arch. Of course we didn’t go to that lot but drove further to another parking lot not knowing how close the arch was to the monument. Silly us.
We had to walk about two kilometres from where we parked to the arch but we did find some goodies along the way.
I am glad we did park this far because we found the most photographed house in Iceland here. The lone red roofed house sits at the base of a mountain and on the edge of the cliffs by the ocean. Can it get any better than that?