Lóndrangar

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Lóndrangar, view from the road

Lóndrangar are a pair of single sharp and steep cliffs, or volcanic plugs of basalt, that have been hewn out from softer surrounding rock by erosion. At 75 m and 61 m respectively, they are a singular sight, rising above and outside the ocean front due east across from Malarrif and some 10 km from Hellnar, on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula. History has it so that the taller of the cliffs was ascended in 1735, while the smaller one was left alone longer and not climbed until 1938, or so the story goes.[citation needed]

Lóndrangar are a pair of volcanic plugs left out as remnants from a bigger crater, which has since mostly eroded away with time. It is reckoned though, that the rock in the slopes of nearby Svalþúfa is an isolated part of the original rim around the crater itself, with the rest eroded away by the sea. There is some considerable nesting of birds in the steep slopes of the twin cliffs and various kind of birds can be observed in Lóndrangar, the majority of which are Black-legged Kittiwake, Langvía, lundar and fýlar. Awhile back[when?] the coastal area around Lóndrangar, Drangsvogur, would be used for the landing of fishing vessels with 12 fishing boats making use of it as a natural harbor in its heyday.

Sources[edit]

  • West.is 14 July 2010
  • Þorsteinn Jósepsson, Steindór Steindórsson, Páll Líndal; Landið þitt Ísland, L-R Örn og Örlygur 1982

Coordinates: 64°44′00″N 23°47′00″W / 64.73334°N 23.783331°W / 64.73334; -23.783331