The Reykjanes Peninsula

I showed pictures yesterday of the two volcanoes you can see from the guesthouse balcony. The house sits directly on a volcanic beach.

Guesthouse Heba

What ‘they’ say about this exact spot: (I’ll copy out the sign later)

And speaking of the guesthouse, my evening and breakfast companions were an adorable couple from Belgium. I was going to take their picture but then they showed me a picture of their daughter’s two Icelandic horses and I absolutely had to have that one instead!

One of the great distractions of driving is the constant presence of Icelandic horses in the fields. These guys must have had their manes and tails trimmed up because in the wild their manes and tails are very long and flow in the wind and when they’re cavorting with each other and prancing about, tossing their gorgeous heads from side to side, it’s downright pornographic.

On the way out of town, Stokkseyrarkirkja.

For an hour the entire view was these fields of lava and the I-don’t-know-what that is covering them.
Driving along the Peninsula on the coast I saw a few of these thermal plants. As you can imagine thermal power is an important source for the Icelandic economy and has largely freed them of fossil fuels.
I went off the track to chase down Reykjanesviti [ˈreiːcaˌnɛːsˌvɪːtɪ], the oldest lighthouse in Iceland lighting the way between Reykjavik and Keflavik.
A total tourist attraction and I don’t care, it was fun!
A little walk from the parking to enjoy The Bridge Between Continents also called “Miðlína” or The Midway Point.

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More lighthouses. It’s not surprising there are so many lighthouses since I am driving along the coast of an island where fishing is a primary occupation.

Mostly from visitreykyjanes: “There are two lighthouses in Garðskagi, the older one was once regarded as one of the best lighthouses in Iceland because it stood low and therefore mist was not a problem. Although there was risk of the lighthouse being damaged because of surf and it was sometimes not visible because of a sea storm.

“A new lighthouse was built on Garðskagi in 1944. At 28 metres it is the highest lighthouse in Iceland and was in second place in a survey which Rögnvaldur Guðmundsson supervised concerning the favorite lighthouses of the Icelandic people. Engineer Axel Sveinsson designed the lighthouse but the lighthouse is a radar transponder and used for weather surveillance.”

Second place? I had to look it up. Oh good, the one I took a detour to see earlier in the day is Number One.

Coming back I was hungry so I asked google what was around for a nice bite to eat. She told me there was a wonderful Fish and Chips place and lead me here(!?). That’s my car on the right, a Nissan Qashqai. Never heard of it but so far so good. So the fish and chips…not really to my taste, much to my surprise!

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