top of page
  • Einar Páll Svavarsson

Krísuvíkurberg cliffs at Reykjanes Peninsula


Krísuvíkurberg cliffs at Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland
Krísuvíkurberg cliffs at Reykjanes Peninsula Iceland

From the road on the south shore leading to Grindavík (427) east of the large lava Ögmundarhraun that surfaced some 300 years after the years of settlement in Iceland, about 800 years ago. The landscape seems like a flat land with classical vegetation. A kind of flat morse ending by the seashore. But you will see dramatic changes if you take the turn on the rather difficult track to Krísuvíkurberg. Krísuvíkurberg is a 6-kilometer wide cliff south on the coastline of Reykjanes Peninsula. Although not particularly high, around 50 to 70 meters, it is an impressive sight as it stretches along the coastline. The cliff is home to tens of thousands of birds and is a spectacular geological phenomenon.


Reykjanes Peninsula on the map of Iceland
Reykjanes Peninsula on the map of Iceland

Krísuvíkurberg has interesting layers of lava molded by the ocean

Krísuvíkurberg from the west side
Krísuvíkurberg from the west side

The cliff is a wall that the mighty Atlantic Ocean has molded with its enduring force for thousands of years. The cliff was originally formed by blankets of layers of lava that accumulated on top of each other thousands of years ago in many different eruptions. Contrary to the lava Ögmundarhraun these eruptions surfaced long before historical times. A process that can only be explained on a geological timeline. The layers are visible on the wall with different colors as they represent a different time and different kinds of magma and lava. There are up to 10 different layers on the east part of Krísuvíkurbjarg and around five on the west side. It is a monument of Nature's ability to form various patterns in thousands of years for us to enjoy and photograph.


Krísuvíkurberg also has its part in the Icelandic folklore

Krísuvíkurberg cliffs
Krísuvíkurberg cliffs

There are not many places where boats can land to access the land. But in the early 17th century, the Turks invaded Iceland and abducted hundreds of people, and sold them into slavery. One of the landing places was at Krísuvíkurberg, and the steps where they came up were called Ræningjastígur, or Bandits path. Fortunately, they only managed to kill one woman before they got into a fight between themselves with fatal consequences. According to Icelandic folklore, their disagreement was a spell from a priest who saw them approaching and thus saved his people.


104 views

Related Posts

See All