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A Secret Rift in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

A rift visible from highway 1 is a local secret of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula; the rift named Raudfellsgjá, or Red Mountain Rift, is located in Botnsfjall Mountain and was formed by a small stream that plunges into the deep.


From Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The walk to the rift is approximately five minutes long; to get closer to the rift there is a bit of climb and wet feet can be expected. A rope has been placed by a small waterfall from where the natural wonder can be seen, Morgunbladid reports.

Local myths claim a man named Bárdur Snaefellsás tossed another man named Raudfeldur into the rift as punishment for tricking his daughter onto an iceberg that drifted all the way to Greenland.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland and in Arnarstapi, a small village on the outer edges of the peninsula where F570, a mountain road to the Snaefellsnesjökull glacier, and numerous hiking paths can be taken to explore the surroundings.

Local rangers organize a special children’s hour for the kids, and parents can either participate or take a walk in the area.

The weather today is expected to be mostly dry with temperatures ranging from 8-18°C and similar temperatures are expected tomorrow.


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