Posts tagged “Reykjanes Peninsular


Travelling on Route 42 between the south coast of the Reykjanes Peninsular to the north (where you’ll find Keflavik and Reykjavik), you’ll come upon Kleifarvatn.  Kleifvatn is a very beautiful lake which when we visited, was largely frozen.

With no river running in, or out, of the lake the depth at around 97m or 318ft, varies with ground water levels.  After an earthquake that struck in 2000, a fissure opened up beneath the lake and the water began to drain rapidly.  It was like a giant bath plug had been pulled.  The fissure has since been sealed itself however and the water levels have gradually returned to pre-2000 levels.

Rather like Loch Ness, a serpent like creature the size of a whale is said to  inhabit the lake and has been seen to surface for as long as two minutes on occasion.  With no photographic evidence to go on, not even the shaky rather dubious kind that Loch Ness has produced, I’m going to have to go with the Nessie model on this one and guess the two are related.  There are, after-all, very close ties between the Icelanders and the Scots given that when the vikings visited Scotland, they wooed dozens of Scottish lassies with the tap of a big club to the back of the head and carried them off in their Viking long boats.  Thinking about it however, if they’d wooed a Nessie with a particularly big club, even a youngster, we might have historical accounts of such a feat, a Nessie Viking saga at the very least.

Kleifarvatn70mm f/10 1/60 sec. ISO-100

Taking route 42 turned out to be quite interesting on a day when the winds were near hurricane force and blizzards descended every now and then but we’ve had a lot of those, interesting experiences I mean, motoring through Icelandic in February.

Keifarvatn IIIf/11 1/40 sec. ISO-100

In the photo below, although the weather is clear ahead having left the heavy snow behind us, you can clearly see snow being blown from the top of the bluff on the right.  Not having such good eyes these days I thought that it was cloud on the horizon when I took the picture, but we soon learned otherwise.  It’s not always falling snow you need to worry about when the wind’s blowing of course.

Keifarvatn II24mm f/11 1/60 sec. ISO-100

SpacerKeifarvatn II70mm f/10 1/160 sec. ISO-100


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