So, just think of this for a second. You might go to the highlands to “get away from it all,” or to be “out there.” Wonderful. Off you go, but do consider this:
The deal is, if you proceed by foot, you are “out there” in five minutes — really out there. The hair will stand up on the back of your neck real quick.
You don’t need a 4X4 to get to Berserkerjahraun.
Or you can sneak off to the Kistá, on Snæfellsnes, which has trolls. Real trolls. You can see a big one lurking in front of the fall below. Sorry, not on the must-see-waterfalls of Iceland lists. But it’s just off the road. You can sniff it out on the edge of the Berserker Lava Field.
Bit of a brown place in November, but it greens up real nice in the summer. Oh, and there’s a second troll leaning over the cataract, so a bonus!
Nice. If you were four metres tall you could reach high tup from your waterfall lair and scratch her under the chin, even! Oh, yeah, one more thing. Bit of a muddy path. You can approach the falls from both sides, but only on the north side can you get underneath. Sorry, no crowds.
Yesterday I showed an image of Grundarfoss and it’s mysterious lava tube and troll. I was remiss. I should have mentioned that there is a welcoming team.
Say hæ, everyone! They’re kind of like the airport security guys who check your suitcases at the airport, so you know the drill. (Don’t expect to hide anything in your pockets.)
I took this image of Grundarfoss on a very cold morning because, well, how cool is it that the public water supply of a major city of 872 people (huge for Iceland) is a waterfall. Very cool! So cool, I could hardly hold the camera steady.
But look what I missed, at the base of the cliff just to the right of the base of the main fall: a lava tube. Now, how cool is that! But, of course, it’s a public water supply, so no snooping around there. Rats. What about the troll at the base of the hill at the left of the image. I bet they’d let me go visit it.
And the map?
Perfect. Wouldn’t it be fun to make maps rather than to follow them? To discover Iceland, like the settlers did, because it is, after all, a culture of settlement? For instance, Hafnarfjall …
… would be…
Mount of Atlantis (on the Sea of Milk)
It sounds like it’s on the Moon, doesn’t it, but, well…
… the place already looks like that, too!