Now I’ve actually never posted my name on this blog, but I can tell you that this little farm in Iceland and I share the same name and hence is a great favorite. Also, the mountain up above has some crazy cliffs. Most of these cliffs are only held together by, well nothing. The farm is actually in constant danger of rock slides, hence its name (which I’m not telling).
A couple of years ago the family woke up to a great rumble sound which ended with a big bang. They ran out to see that the barn had been hit by a giant boulder. The boulder was about the same size as the barn. Luckily the cows were out and nobody was in the building at the time.
I also remember once driving past the farm and to a nearby farm. Once I got there they asked me how I’d made it. They said that the road I’d come along was closed because of a giant rock slide. Apparently I had just made it through before it blocked the road. Driving back later that day it was kind of eerie to see the enormous boulders and mountain of mud being bulldozed of the road I’d driven soon before. There still is a large rock sitting out in the middle of a field from that day. I generally point it out to people I travel with. That rock had come down the mountain at such great speeds that the elevated highway functioned as a ramp, making the rock airborne. You can see how the giant boulder had punched through a wall of turf and dug itself into the ground like a meteorite, yet it had left a fence unscathed while airborne.
The pillar you can see in the photo (look like bunny ears from this angle) is named Ingimundur (a male name). This pillar is what remains of a lava channel in an ancient volcano and is the only piece of rock that won’t crumble when you touch it. Therefor it is actually regularly climbed by the small Icelandic climbing community. Climbing the pillar itself is not that difficult, but getting up to it is the really hard part (and dangerous). You must scramble up the moss, mud and lower crumbling cliffs, while dodging rockfall.
Oh and the farm is not only troubled by rockfall, right behind that mountain, only a couple of kilometers from the farm, lies the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Photo by Christopher Lund • Instagram.