Basalt column (sometimes referred to as Columnar Jointing) is one of those marvels of nature that makes you stop and wonder. Most of the time you are stunned by the mere sight. It usually makes you wonder if mother nature is the author of this formation of hexagonal shaped stacks and pillars. Often the regularity of the structure is nothing less than unbelievable. At Gerðuberg cliffs soon after you start your drive at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland you find one of the most impressive basalt column sites in the country. One of the reasons is the size of the place and also the regularity of the stacks.
Proximity is the key to enjoy and experience
Gerðuberg is hardly noticeable from the road when driving even though the cliff is around 500 meters long and quite near the road. A half a kilometer cliff of hundreds of basalt column stacks standing like an army of pillars in a side by side row. It is a perfect place to view basalt columns and see the stunning formation of this incredible natural geological structure. Like the cliff, the columns are also quite regular. They are mostly twelve to fourteen meters high and about one and a half meters in diameter. Some are even leaning forward giving the cliff a spectacular view as you walk by the cliff. And by the way, it is more exciting and more thrilling to walk one of the paths in front of the cliff than to walk on the top, especially the paths that are almost at the bottom of the pillars. There is actually nothing to see on the top so don’t fall into the trap of rushing to the path that leads to another path on top.
Easily accessible from the road
Gerðuberg is easily accessible from Highway 54 and only about one kilometer to a small parking lot. There is an old walking path just by the columns if you want to experience this incredible natural wonder up and close. It is also a perfect place to take stunning photos and take a relaxing moment as the view to the south from the cliff to Eldborg and Snæfellsjökull is also spectacular.
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