Many eons ago, huge, hulking trolls fiercely prowled Iceland’s volcanic landscape.
Trolls were renowned for their legendary ferocity. But it was the king of the trolls, and his lover, who made history. One night, they walked together to the edge of the sea, and sat, enjoying the ocean air and staring deeply into each other’s eyes.
Finally, the sky began to lighten, but neither of them saw, so consumed were they by their passion for each other. As all those familiar with trolls well know, these giant creatures turn to stone in the presence of the sun. And so, the troll king and his loving lady now stand, forever gazing into each other’s eyes at Lóndrangar.
Or, at least, that’s the story as we’ve heard it. Lóndrangar definitely isn’t an ancient lava rock formation at the edge of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, created when molten lava rock collided with the frigid ocean and exploded upwards…
Cliffs, trolls, and “tundra”
Hellnar will always stick with both of us as a place that was fun, educational, and also beautiful.
Boyfriend Perspective: And, you know, the troll story is kinda cool.
When you drive up, park at a small, gravel carpark. Walk uphill on a winding, metal-grated path, which will eventually lead you clockwise up and around a protruding cliff. The first view you’ll see is the one above and on the left. We’re not far from Hellnar, at this point, so those cliffs look quite familiar!
Continue around the path, admiring the ocean view. As you get closer to the right side of the cliff, you’ll see the trolls begin to come into view. Happily, you can take photos from here, and there’s also an observation deck so you can get even closer, should you wish to. Beware, sunset is beautiful here, but is also tough for photos, as you can see from the silhouetted shot below.
Lóndrangar has scenery for nearly every preference. Once you make your way around the path at the top of the cliff, come back around facing the car park and take a look at that golden field and mountain view! It’s almost impossible to take a bad photo here.
You can explore for about as long as you want here, and then, finally, head back to the car and on to your next adventure.
This is definitely a place we’re planning to come back to when we return to Iceland next time!
Boyfriend Perspective: While it was cold and windy, this was a fantastic spot to stop and take in some of the amazing mountains and sea cliffs that Iceland has. The scenery is as unforgettable as the trolls are. A must on your vacation.
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