Lóndrangar are strange volcanic plugs on the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The name roughly translates to ‘Lagoon Pinnacle’. These tough basalt rock pinnacles are up to 75 feet tall. These are the remains of an ancient crater that had eroded after many thousands of years by glacier ice, the sea and new lava flows from Snæfellsjökull Volcano which is 700,000 years old. This area offers some of the best views of the volcano under Snæfellsjökull Glacier on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Ice on Canvas
The hill is named after two of the original viking settlers to set up their home with Bardur. Their names were Sval & þúfa. Bardur was a legend who became endowed with “God-like” qualities. A monument stands in Arnastapi to honour ‘Bardur – the protector of Snæfellsjökull Volcano’. The trail up Svalþúfa Hill starts at the car park which is close to the main road that circumnavigates Snæfellsnes and is just a few minutes drive west from Djúpalónssandur Beach. It is best to veer left on the path up to the sea cliffs. This photo (above) was taken from Þúfubjarg cliffs on Svalþúfa hill and is facing West towards Lóndrangar. This spot is all that is left of the ancient crater and is home to Kittywakes, Common murre, Northern fulmar and occasional puffins.
At the top of Þúfubjarg cliffs there are viewing platforms for your safety and to protect the landscape. You will see a trench that has been worn away by photographers trying to get the best wide angle photos of the cliffs. The construction of the viewing platforms were started in 2014.
There is also a lighthouse which is hidden in this landscape photograph behind the smaller pinnacle. The lighthouse is at Malarrif, an abandoned fishing port just a few minutes drive from Lóndrangar. Malarrif was notorious for dangerous fishing and hasn’t been used for over 100 years. There is a Snæfellsjökull Visitor Centre with lots of information about the Snæfellsnes National Park at Malarrif. The Snæfellsjökull Visitor Centre is open everyday from 11.00 – 16.00. Phone: +354 436 6888
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