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Rauðfeldsgjá gorge is in Breiðavík in Snæfellsnes. It is a magnificent ravine which cuts into the east side of Mt. Botnsfjall. It is ca 213 km from Reykjavík on the right hand side only 3 km from Arnarstapi and can easily be seen from the road. You can walk to the gorge and have a look inside, it is mind-blowing and the hike is only about 30 minutes.
It is possible to walk inside the gorge, at the end of which there is a waterfall. Doing this has been on my agenda for years.
The name of the gorge derives from tragedy which apparantly happened on Snæfellsnes ages ago. Cousins were playing on the beach and one of them, Rauðfeldur, pushed his cousin Helga onto an iceberg which then drifted away with her to Greenland, but she was not harmed. Her father Bárður Snæfellsás got so angry at his nephew Rauðfeldur that he threw him into the gorge. Thus the name. Bárður then disappeared into Snæfellsjökull glacier.
There are many more names connected to this tragedy. There is a huge stone structure of Bárður Snæfellsás at Arnarstapi, see my tip on that.
Address: On the peninsula of Snæfellsnes, W-Iceland.
Directions: Ring-road 1 to Borgarnes, then turn left on 54 until you reach 574, take that road and on your right hand side is Rauðfeldsgjá.
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