DAY ELEVEN: The most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell.
With the end of our trip looming, we knew we had to begin to head back to our final destination, Rekyjavik. We wanted to explore the Sanesfell Peninsula, and I was absolutely determined to see Kirkjufell Mountain; the most photographed in all of Iceland.
After a great night of camping, we jumped into the car and headed towards Kirkjufell. On the way there, we stopped by Vatnshellir cave. We were considering the cave adventure, but we were running low on funds and had both been caving before. It definitely looked like a great adventure, and I’ll be doing it next time I’m there.
We then headed to the Londgrangar lookout, which features beautiful rock formations along the coastline, as well as a fully functioning flying fox and lighthouse. Keep an eye out for the rock shaped like a rubber duckie, and make sure you walk around the lighthouse for the best panoramic views.
After exploring the various (and super random) playground obstacles, we jumped back in the car and continued on our merry way. The next stop wasn’t planned, but definitely worth going to. The Raudfeldsgja Gorgeis located on the way to Kirkjufell, and has one of my favourite myths in all of Iceland.
The legend goes that Bardur’s daughter, Helga (one of nine girls!), was playing with her male cousins was snowy day in winter. The boys wanted to be in charge, but the female cousins put up a decent fight. Later that day, it was just Helen and her male cousin Raudfeldur playing on the ice. Raudfeldur pushed Helga onto the ice, and the wind was so strong that she floated the entire way to Greenland over 7 days.
Her father, Badur, was so angry that he threw Raudfelder into a large gorge and killed him; hence the name Raudfleder Gorge! Inside the gorge is a beautiful natural waterfall, and it’s a really special place to take a private moment and remember what life is all about.
After taking a quiet moment, we hopped back into our Kuku campervan and headed to the most photgraphed mountain in all of Iceland, Kirkjufell. It’s beauty is truly breath taking, with the cone shaped mountain commanding attention surrounded by the rolling mountains and sparse landscape.
We had intentions of climbing it, but after a quick glance at the landscape, we decided against it. The cliff face was rather steep, and though google told us it would only take 1.5 hours, others said it was for the pros only! If you’re going to attempt to climb Kirkjufell, make sure you read up on the recommendations of what to bring and where to go (as in which side of the mountain to climb).
That night we camped at my favourite campsite of all, Mosskogar. The owners were absolutely lovely and there was an awesome greenhouse that you could cook in and sit. They had wifi in the office and there was a private almost driveway for all the campervans; talk about luxury! If you’re after a hot shower, they do have those but they’re outdoor… so only for the brave!
The final day 12 was spent making the short trip back to Rekyjavik. You can read about all the unreal things we did HERE.