Let me explain: the nearby village is bordered by lawns that serve as nesting areas for many arctic terns, particularly aggressive at this time of year (June). You do not even need to go near their nests, because moving into their fields of vision is enough to launch the attack! They fly over us and try to bite us (sometimes flying less than 15cm from our head!), they shout and let go some feces with the clear aim to make us move away from the nests. And do not try to fight back! A couple has tried to chase the birds with a big umbrella and a purse before suffering a grouped and perfectly synchronized attack. The best to do is to stay far away from the nests. After a nice but scary walk along the coast (thanks to those birds!), we eat a delicious soup in a tourist restaurant nearby. Icelandic soups are a real treat and besides being relatively inexpensive, it is very nourishing. You have to try some if you’re in Iceland, it is mandatory!
In this region, there are many signs that recall the ancient eruptions of the volcano with various formations of lava and craters. This is for example the case at Búðahraun where the lava flow rushed into the sea. A place near Arnarstapi and Hellnar is named after one of the famous Icelandic sagas, the one of Bardar Snæfellsáss. The latter tells the story of Bárður, half-human half-giant who, after some dramatic incidents, disappeared under the Snæfellsjökull ice cap. They say that his treasure is hidden at Bárðarkista, a trunk-shaped mountain near the Saxhólsdalur Valley. A sculpture of Bárður Snæfellsás can be seen on Arnarstapi beach, and has been created by Ragnar Kjartansson.
A few words about Snæfellsjökull glacier. It is a stratovolcano that has been the cause of both explosive and lava eruptions, but it is now asleep and attracts thousands of tourists every year. The last eruption took place at the top of the glacier 1750 years ago, where now many people gather every summer as this place would be one of the seven energy points of our planet.