One of many many spectacular sights on the Reykjanes peninsula in southwest Iceland is the superb Lambafellsklofi rift in Mt. Lambafell, which most probably dates again to the second final glacial interval.
It’s a sight price seeing, as right here Mt. Lambafell virtually obtained ripped in two on account of dislocation or stress fractures. And it’s potential to hike contained in the slender rift.
High photograph: Climbing inside Lambafellsklofi rift
An enormous lava rock within the huge lava discipline
This complete space is a volcanic space, and you will note volcanoes and lava fields left and proper.
To succeed in Lambafellsklofi, which can be referred to as Lambafellsgjá, we drove by way of an unlimited lava discipline, referred to as Afstapahraun, for the longest time, on a really bumpy street.
I inform you that this street is just not for these of us that suffer from automobile illness, and I do know of 1 pal of mine who needed to flip again with out visiting the sights as she obtained so carsick.
Lava formations by the street
There have been so many lovely rock formations on this big lava discipline that we stopped the automobile on a number of event to take images. There have been some big lava rocks standing straight up from the lava discipline and I believed to myself what number of elves there could be dwelling in these big rocks.
However as these of you who learn my travel-blogs know, then we Icelanders share our nation with hidden beings, who dwell in rocks and hills.
Mt. Keilir within the distance – the hike to Keilir is a few 3 km
After some time, we reached the parking for the Mt. Keilir route, however this conical form volcano is likely one of the landmarks on the Reykjanesskagi peninsula. It has the right volcano form, i.e. what many individuals assume that the typical volcano ought to look like.
It is extremely well-liked to hike up this palagonite cone, and there have been a number of vehicles parked right here. I’ve by no means hiked up this mountain, however my husband says that you just take 2 steps up after which slide 1 step down the mountain as there may be a lot free gravel.
On prime of Mt. Keilir, there’s a view-dial, so I have to do that hike quickly. A passion of mine is to search for view-dials throughout Iceland 🙂
Höskuldarvellir plains – Eldborg might be seen as a darkish dot within the distance
We solely stopped right here to take a couple of images and carried on driving the street main by Höskuldarvellir plains for a couple of km till we reached the Eldborg scoria crater, the place you will discover some parking areas.
Höskuldarvellir plains is a grassy plain round 1 km huge and 1 km lengthy. There should not many grassy plains right here, solely lava everywhere. So the plains stand out because it had been.
On prime of the Eldborg scoria crater
We first hiked as much as the highest of the Eldborg crater to see what this very vibrant crater regarded like and to get a greater overview of this space.
Eldborg is a scoria crater and a spatter cone with vibrant pink lava rocks and really vibrant lava formations. This crater has additionally been referred to as Ketillinn or the Kettle.
Eldborg scoria crater
Sadly, this lovely crater has, like so many craters in Iceland, been used for gravel mining for roadbed, so it is rather broken. It’s lovely nonetheless, however it should have been a sight again when it was nonetheless undamaged.
From the highest of Eldborg, there’s a nice view of the encircling space and right here we might clearly see the Lambafellsklofi/Lambafellsgjá rift in Mt. Lambafell. And we might see so far as the Nice-Reykjavík space.
The view from the crater Eldborg of Mt. Lambafell the place you may see the Lambafellsklofi rift
From above we might see the path resulting in Mt. Lambafell and a few individuals on the path. This space is just not marked and there’s no signal to point the place the path begins.
We then adopted an unmarked path main round Mt. Lambafell and into the Lambafellsklofi/Lambafellsgjá rift. The hike from Eldborg crater to the rift is a couple of km or so, a very simple hike.
My husband trying into Lambafellsklofi rift from above
We left the path and hiked up on prime of Mt. Lambafell to see what it regarded like from above. We first arrived on the higher a part of the rift, however we discovered it a bit scary mountain climbing into the rift from the higher half. Or relatively, I discovered it scary, my husband did not 😉
So we hiked throughout the mountain and entered the rift from under.
Inside Lambafellsklofi rift virtually touching each side with each arms
Lambafellsklofi/Lambafellsjá rift is a slender rift with tall vertical partitions, which makes for a spectacular brief hike into the rift, which is roughly 150 meters lengthy. The partitions of the rift are 20-25 metres excessive (I’ve learn that the rift is round 50 metres deep at its deepest level).
At its narrowest location, the rift is simply a few metres huge, and I might virtually contact each side of the partitions with my stretched out arms.
The primary a part of the trail is even, however it’s darkish in some locations as these tall partitions virtually block out the daylight. For those who look intently then you will note pillow lava contained in the rift.
Climbing inside Lambafellsklofi rift
We solely hiked some 3/4th components out of the 150 metres into the rift, as then it’s a must to crawl up some rocks to exit the steeper a part of the rift on the location on prime of the mountain the place we had been slightly earlier.
So we exited the identical manner and hiked across the Lambafell mountain and again to the Eldborg crater. It’s a pretty, straightforward hike. We then checked out the small geothermal space by Mt. Trölladyngja a stone-throw away from Eldborg.
Right here the earth is boiling beneath our toes!
Watch out in the event you go to this space as solely the discolouration of the moss and faint steam signifies that the earth is boiling beneath our toes. So we by no means know if we can be entering into boiling water!
I consider that this space known as Jónsbrennur or The Fires of Jón. Right me if I’m improper.
The street resulting in Keilir and Lambafellsklofi rift
To succeed in Lambafellsklofi/Lambafellsgjá you drive the Reykjanesbraut street quantity 41 and exit by Höskuldavallavegur street.
Keep in mind that it’s a dangerous and bumpy street and a summer season go to solely. To succeed in this space you may hire a automobile both in Reykjavík or if you arrive at Keflavík airport. You have to a 4×4 for this bumpy street.
Visiting Lambafellsklofi rift makes for a beautiful day journey away from Reykjavík metropolis
There may be a lot extra to see and do right here on the Reykjanesskagi peninsula and components of it are referred to as the Blue Diamond Circle. I’ll quickly be exhibiting you that circle, however in the intervening time, I’ve written a few travel-blogs about attention-grabbing sights on that circle:
A volcanic eruption began in Mt. Fagradalsfjall and Geldingadalir in 2021
Have a beautiful time exploring the gorgeous Reykjanesskagi peninsula 🙂