Dverghamrar, Dwarf Rocks, Iceland

After the glacial lagoon, we started making our way back toward Reykjavik. Since we had encountered some terrible weather on the way out, we missed a stop near the highest mountain in Iceland so our tour guide made a slight adjustment to our schedule. He decided that he wanted the group to be able to see the Dverghamrar, otherwise known as the dwarf rocks.  These rocks are protected national monuments of Iceland and are actually very interesting to see.

They are these rock formations in the middle of nowhere and middle of relatively flat land.  I believe these rock formations were created back when the land was still under water and that also created the unique structure of the rocks.  They’re almost perfectly cubed all the way through and they’re amazing to see.

We drove to the side of the road, parked, and were told that we needed to be prepared for wind. If you choose to go out to these formations be prepared.  Since they are in the middle of a relatively flat area, there’s nothing to protect you from the wind and you are very exposed to the elements while you are out there. We bundled up and then started making our way down this path, through a gate and eventually ended up at the rocks. There is a path that leads from the side of the road all the way to the center of the rock formations and you can get up close and personal to the monuments.  We only ended up staying there for about 15 minutes due to the window but it is definitely worth trekking out to see and experience.

As we started walking back up the path to the bus, the wind got so strong that at one point we were legitimately standing and walking at a 45 degree angle.  I’ve never had an experience where I can legitimately walk while being tilted and unsupported.  But this experience gave me the chance to experience that. It’s definitely a weird feeling because your perspective changes slightly and you’re leaning into the wind to keep yourself balanced but if you lean to much, you will fall and if you don’t lean enough then you’ll fall the other direction.  We eventually made it up to the bus and it was time for us to go to our next stop.


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