The deep blue colour of this river has to be seen to be believed. It runs through a deep crack in the earth’s surface and it’s the depth that makes the water look blue.
The gorge is about 2 km long in total, but I estimate that the hike to the little waterfall in the cave (see yesterday’s and tomorrow’s posts) is just under 1 km. In any case, it only took us about 40 minutes to hike to the cave, take photos and hike back.
On the way we spotted a number of rock formation that looked like trollish faces in the rock. Here are some of them, first a single photo and then a gallery:
Here you can, with a little imagination, see a benign-looking gigantic face in the rock facade. This image is taken inside the cave.
This looks like a gargoyle perched on top of the rock.
Here a face is formed by vegetation.
Can you see the faces?
This one looks like it is standing guard.
This one is not in the gorge itself, but rather on the way into Básar in Þórsmörk proper.
Rock pillars like the one seen in the distance are a sources for many Icelandic folk tales, usually ones about roving night trolls fossilised by the rising sun. This one is can be seen from the road into Þórsmörk.