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Krisuvikurberg Cliffs

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October 11, 2016
Very specticular cliffs near Krisuvik on road 42.

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“Garðskagaviti Lighthouse (Gardskagaviti) is located on the northwest point of the Reykjanes Peninsula, close to Garður Town (Gardur) and north of Keflavík Town. There are, in fact, two lighthouses there, the old Garðskagaviti Lighthouse, built in 1897 and the “new” one, built in 1944. The new lighthouse is the tallest one in Iceland, 28.6 metres high, while the old one is “only” 11.4 metres high. The new lighthouse was erected because people thought the smaller one was too low and was also standing in an unsafe location so close to the sea. Both lighthouses are quite picturesque and beautiful. The older one is white with two red stripes, the new standing tall, cylindrical in shape and totally white except for its red “hat”. Close by is the local museum and a cosy café. Every year, thousands of visitors come to the area around the lighthouses to go up and enjoy the view from the top of them and also because of the birds; this point on the peninsula is the home of thousands of birds of many different species, spending the nesting season there before flying off or staying there year round. Next to the parking lot outside the lighthouses are signs with pictures and information about the birds of Garðskagi Point. ”
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“The lighthouses in Garðskagi were constructed 1897 and the second one in 1944 but a landmark had been there since 1847 and later a lamp was added to the landmark at 1884.”
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Natural Feature
“Eyjafjallajökull looms over Hvolsvöllur, clearly visible from the outside of Eldstó Guesthouse. This infamous glacial volcano set flights throughout Europe on hold when it erupted in 2010. The hike to Thórsmörk takes you right by it... but it's only a hike for the hard!”
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National Park
“The Snæfellsjökull glacier is 1446m above sea level. The glacier is an active volcano, having been built up through numerous eruptions during the last 800,000 years. Many believe the glacier to be one of the seven main energy centres of the earth and its mystique is noticed by many. The glacier plays big role as the Center of the Earth in the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864) by Jules Verne. Snæfellsjökull is a part of the Snæfellsjökull National Park which was established on June 28, 2001. The Park's purpose is to protect and conserve the areas unique landscape, indigenous plant and animal life as well as important historical relics. At the same time, the Park is meant to allow visitors easier as well as improved opportunities to get to know the area. ”
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