Twilight in Skagafjörður

Mælifellshnúkur at twilight. #iceland #skagafjörður #landscape

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I lived in Sauðárkrókur for several years and only left because I wanted to go to university to get my Master’s degree. I visited the town about a month ago and took these photos from the top of the hillside above the town. Behind me was the town cemetery which, I think, must have the best view of any cemetery in the country (and possibly farther afield). If you know of other cemeteries with great views, why not post a link?




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Glerhallavík (Chalcedony Cove) is a small cove on the western coast of Skagafjörður in northern Iceland that gets its name from the pebbles and occasional larger pieces (I’ve seen one as large as a duck egg) of milky and green-flecked chalcedony that litter the beach. It is a protected nature area and picking chalcedony is forbidden, but some websites claim you can get permission to do so from the land-owner.


It can be reached in three ways: by hiking along the very rocky shore from Grettislaug, by hiking along the grassy mountainside above the shore and then taking a perilous climb down into the cove, or by taking the sea route. The first takes about 40 minutes.


You hike along the rocky beach with the island of Drangey on your right and on the left a near vertical bank of mixed rock and earth looming above you and occasional showers of small pebbles raining down from overhead. It can be quite scary, especially as the path which occasionally appears is right at the foot of the steep bank. However, the path makes for easier going than clambering over the rocks and boulders the whole way. At the end of the walk you come to a sharp turn and once you have made that, you can see this little gem of a cove with striking splashes of green, yellow and brown where trickling water feeds a growth of algae on the rock.


If you enjoy beautiful nature the hike will be worth the effort even if you can’t collect chalcedony.



This was taken in the summer when I hiked from the camping area in Reykjaströnd in Skagafjörður to Glerhallavík (Chalcedony Cove). The weather was perfect for hiking: overcast with a slight wind, although I didn’t much appreciate the rain shower that caught me on the way back. As you can see, the light was flat and not well suited to photography, but I bet if I’d had my tripod with me I could have taken bracketed exposures to make some spectacular HDR images. However, there was a break in the clouds over the cove and I got some nice photos there.

More tomorrow.