Hiking to Hraunhafnartangi Lighthouse

In the preparations to my trip to Iceland beside several resources I went through the great blog of my icelandic friend Regina on Guide To Iceland, who intensively travels Iceland and writes about the beautiful places here. One of the places I picked for my trip was a hike to Hraunhafnartangi Lighthouse.

Arriving at the parking, I had the feeling that I was at the end of the world.. well, I was about to hike to the most northern lighthouse of Iceland. The hike goes quite straight forward along the coast that you can see on the main photo of this blog entry. Not far from the lighthouse you can visit a stone pile of a couple of meters in height and length. It is said to be the grave of Þorgeir, a warrior of the Viking times. I recommend to read the story of Þorgeir on my friends blog.

I really enjoyed the hike with such a clean and fresh air. The trail is partly a little difficult to walk on with the big stones that make up the ground. Interesting is to see that huge amount of drift wood. Later on my trip through Iceland I read in a museum that in the past people could ‘rent’ parts of beaches for hunting seals but also particularly to collect drift wood. It was an important source for wood in Iceland, a country hardly having any trees at all.

But now join my hike to the Hraunhafnartangi Lighthouse and Þorgeirs grave in photos…

Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

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Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

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Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

Hraunhafnartangi

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Raufarhöfn Church

Visiting the tiny town of Raufarhöfn you might see the town church. It was built in 1927 by Guðjón Samúelsson. I like the simple wood architecture, unfortunately it was closed when I came here. If you want to see the lighthouse of Raufarhöfn, that I described in a previous blog post, you will pass by the church.

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn Lighthouse

Just opposite to my hotel in Raufarhöfn, Icelands northern most town, I could see a tiny orange lighthouse. It stands on a small peninsulae at the outskirts of town. Seeing it there the evening of arrival, I decided to have a look the next day before leaving town.

Raufarhöfn is a small village, so it was a very fast drive to get there. From the lighthouse you have a nice view over the ocean and Raufarhöfn as it stands a little uphill. It was nice to come here.

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

The Arctic Henge

If you come to Raufarhöfn you will not be able to miss visiting the interesting Arctic Henge. It is a modern setup of stones with its roots in the old believes when worshipping the sun was common. Here so far in the north, in the most northern village of Iceland, the cycle of the sunlight throughout the year is something affecting everyone. Therefore it is a good place for the Arctic Henge aiming to capture the sunlight.

For me it was a splendid place to capture great photos. And I was lucky to start my first full day in Iceland with a blue sky. To read more about the Arctic Henge, please click the emblem of Raufarhöfn below the photos. A seperate page will open. By the way, the Arctic Henge is called Heimskautsgerðið in Iclandic.

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

Raufarhöfn

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Hiking Raudanes Point

Raudanes Point is located on a Peninsulae in the northeast of Iceland. You can reach here by taking the road 85 towards Raufarhöfn. The hike here brings you to a spectacular cliff coast. You will find arches, standing rocks and all of them clearly formed by the waves on the rock of volcanic origin.

Expect the hike to be tough in regards of being constantly exposed to wind. I had quite a stormy time, keeping me always in a safe distance from the cliff edge. All in all it is 7 km long following blue sticks that mark the trail. In some areas, in particular when leaving the coast at the far end to return to the parking finding the trail was a little difficult, but it is hard to get fully lost.

I really enjoyed my time here, not just because I was lucky to have a really bright blue sky, but because following the coast you will always be excited and curious what to come next.

For the blog it was hard to decide which photos to choose, at the end I am here now with quite a bunch of them. I hope you enjoy your time looking at them…

Here a rough map taken from the sign that explains you about the area at the trail head.

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

You will need to walk roughly 200 meters to reach the cliff. On that part you will have this view, which in my opinion already is worth to come here.

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Still we have to keep an eye on these blue sticks which mark the trail.

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

The first rock formation… and many to come.

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hike "Raudanes Point"

At some point we will have to leave the cliff to return to the car. Here it got a little difficult to find the way. I followed the markers but at some point I was not really sure, so skipped them to follow a trail road used my farmers. On my offline map on the mobile I could see, that it will bring me to my car. So I kept following it.

At some points the area looks like another planet.

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Looking back. Somewhere in the hill I made a wrong turn, but I made it back and can show and tell you about this beautiful piece of earth.

Hike "Raudanes Point"

Hope you liked it. Here the place on the map…

Road 85 – East Iceland northbound

Travelling a country like Iceland you will follow very scenic roads through a fascinating wild landscape. Most famous is the Ringroad as it is the only road that completely circles the country and in some areas it is the only road at all to get forward. Nevertheless in several areas Iceland offers alternative routes for those who have time. One is road 85 that leaves the Ringroad in the far northeast and then takes a wide half circle northwards. I took the road to get towards Raufarhöfn. Here I want to give some impression of the scenery. There are several stopping points where you can stop the car to take pictures. Even though it is very unpopulated and traffic is sparse, do not stop on the streets. If there are cars coming, they won’t expect it and (like me once) need to break hard.

So this is what you can expect from road 85. As you might notice, parts of the road is only gravel…

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Road 85

Turf Houses of Bustarfell

On my first day on Iceland I had the plan to reach Raufarhöfn from the ferry harbor in Seyðisfjörður. After leaving the Ringroad and heading north on road 85, I decided to have a visit to the turf houses of Bustarfell. Arriving there I noticed that season here did not start yet, but I had a look at the outside architecture. These buildings were the second turf structure that I could see in my life and therefor an interesting place. During the season you can visit the interior of the buildings and there is a cafe where you can have a rest. The area feels very remote and maybe I was blessed to have it all for my own that visit even it wasn’t open…

Here my impressions I could keep on photos. Enjoy!

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell

Bustarfell