My Lonely Planet described this as one of their favourite places in iceland... for me, after having my breath taken completely away by Dyrhólaey and then being left speechless by the ever so slightly calmer beauty of wild Reynisfjara, Vik was not quite able to compete. It is a nice village with some good views and more black sands. There is more green here and so it feels a little softer and more welcoming.
My Lonely Planet only afforded Reynisfjara a few sentences and I suppose, other than saying that it is a volcanic (black) beach with splendid views back down to Dyrhólaey and has a superb display of basalt columns, there is not a lot else to say! It is, however, a beautiful spot. Beautiful in its loneliness and solitude. Not as brutal as its formidable and unstoppable sister at Dyrhólaey but the sea here is still to be feared and awed, respected and not toyed with.
The black sands, grey, thundering sea, huge columns like an organ for Poseidon and dark sky make this a wild and forlone place to be. I loved it. I was lucky enough for it to hail here - huge chunky balls of icy white against the otherwise black backdrop - spectacular!
I think this has to be one of my very favourite places in Iceland. It was so incredibly dramatic and alive. The energy of the swollen sea crashing, smashing and pounding everything it could reach - relentless and formidable. Dyrholaey is best known and recognised for its huge arch of stone... but it was the hungry, merciless sea that had me absolutely enthralled, here.
The sea was an angry grey, the beach and the rocks black and charcoal and the sky a colour somewhere in between. The hail storm was severe; giant, white ball of ice that whipped and stung us,,, but it was all part of this wonderful, wonderful place,,, this really could be the land that time forgot - untame and untameable!
(and the drive from the main road to here is tantilising too)
Just 10 kilometer outside Hella you will find Hotel Ranga. This hotel is run by Icelandair (the...more
26 Sprenisnad Hella, Hella, 850, Iceland
Good for: Solo
Thrudvangur 6, Hella, 850, is
Good for: Couples
Highland Center at Hrauney Jar, Hella, 0000, Iceland
It is essentially a pub.
Inviting from the outside.
Inside it is comfortable and friendly.
Lots of old instruments strewn about and a huge tv screen playing the Icelandic equivalent of MTV.
The food was nothing special - pizzas etc... but this appears to be the norm around Iceland (they love their burgers!)
This restaurant has the usual meals: burgers, grills and pizzas. The prices are between
ISK 750 and ISK 2690.
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