Learn about fossils and the power of water with a local guide, and admire mysterious giant rock formations on this geology tour of the Tjörnes Peninsula and Ásbyrgi Canyon.
We start the tour by following the coastline of the Tjörnes Peninsula. On our way, we make a few stops, first of all in the Tungulending Area, where we observe some of the most remarkable fossil layers in Iceland. These are sandstone layers, which were formed at the end of the Tertiary Period and during the Ice Age. From these fossils, it is possible to trace changes in climate, vegetation, and marine life from the beginning of the Ice Age. Also, here we’ll have the chance to have a look at a mysterious giant rock, which came from Greenland in unclear circumstances.
We then head east towards Kelduhverfi, south of Öxarfjörður Bay. On the way, we will be able to enjoy impressive tectonic fissures and beautiful panoramas of the Arctic Ocean. Our final destination of the day, though, is the majestic Ásbyrgi Canyon, U-shaped and created by catastrophic glacial flooding in the last Ice Age.