West Fjords, Iceland: Part III.
The last of this beautiful, remote peninsula brought us more stunning driving views and fantastic finds to explore!
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There is something about discovering and exploring abandoned places that captivates me. Walking through something that is empty, overgrown, and lost. The wonder of who’s been there or where its been is intriguing. Gardar BA 64 is the oldest steel ship in Iceland that has been beached for years and is now a rusting ruin. Built in 1912 by a Norwegian shipyard, it’s an old whaling ship that was stranded at this fjord in 1981 when it was deemed unfit for duty.
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As the westernmost point of Europe, Latrabjarg is known for its vertical and terrifyingly tall cliffs. This 9 mile long sea cliff is the largest bird cliff in Europe! Along with an unfathomable amount of different species of birds, huge colonies of Puffins nest here during the summer. Unfortunately, we missed the puffins by two weeks with summer coming to an end as we arrived. Yet, even with no puffins, the views were worth it alone!
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Most beaches in Iceland are black, due to the high volcanic activity, but in the westfjords one can find beaches that are golden. Raudisandur, or red sands beach, stretches for around 10km and can change in color from being yellow, to red, to black. There was constant rainfall and harsh winds when we visited, however, we still managed to capture a little of the beauty!
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Our roots will forever be from here, America, born and raised. Yet, life requires us to move more frequently than we care to count. Whether living stateside or abroad, you can always find us traveling somewhere. We scout out places that you only think you can dream of one day seeing and we seek out those that aren’t found in guidebooks. We then bring them to life here in our travel memos, so hopefully, one day you too can visit them or at least be able to live vicariously through us. This blog isn’t just about crossing off places from a bucket list. It’s about absorbing and learning how other cultures grow and fit into the same world that we do. Life is short and the world is big. Enjoy and get out there!
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