Skjólfjörur - Ljósastapi

Skjólfjörur - Ljósastapi

Be sure to visit Skjólfjörur beach when driving through Vopnafjordur! The beach is only a short walk from the road and offers a magnificent view of the open Atlantic sea. If you’re lucky you might even see a whale. The beach has a rocky shore, with colourful stones that capture the eye. Driftwood which the waves have brought to land is a testament to the incredible force the sea possesses. 

Please respect that it is forbidden to remove stones from the beach. 

  

One of the characteristics of Vopnafjordur is the incredible rock pillars and cliffs that take on various forms, often resembling different creatures. Ljósastapi rock pillar stands out in the sea just off Skjólfjörur. It is often called “Fíllinn” or The Elephant by locals, as its form resembles that of an elephant. 

 

The mountain Búrið stands to the right of Ljósastapi. Búrið is a part of the Fagradalur mountains, an ancient volcanic area. In the Fagradalur mountains you can see colourful rhyolite rocks that certainly make their mark on the surrounding environment. A marked walking path takes you down to Þerribjörg, east of Hellisheiði eystri, where the rhyolite is at its most beautiful. The walk is fairly difficult and long, but well worth it for experienced hikers.

Location:

GPS:    65.756385  - 14.574984

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