Iceland Day 10: Arnarstapi, Budir Church and Gerduberg Basalt Columns Info

Leaving Hellnar and heading towards Blue Lagoon we stopped at a few places. The drive from the hotel to the Blue Lagoon clinic hotel is about 3hours and 15mins without stops and you cross through Hvalfjordur (underwater) tunnel which is part of the ring road. There is a toll fee of 1000 ISK for cars.

  • Arnarstapi

Is a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell. Back in the day it was a very busy fishing port. Today, in the summer, it mostly serves private fishing and recreational vessel. There is a particular attraction there of an eroded arch rock called Gatklettur. There are also three rifts, Hundagja, Midgja and Musagja. Its nice to look at the waves hitting the rocks and the million birds swimming, sleeping or flying around. There is also an old horse trail through the lava fields that takes you to Hellnar and it  takes about an hour.

  • Budir Church

In 1703 the first church was built in Budir. Later on it was demolished and rebuild a few times and in 1987 the current one was consecrated, rebuilt to look like the original church. It is one of the oldest wooden churches in Iceland.

Gerduberg Basalt Columns

The columns are 14meters at their highest and around 1-1.5 meters wide. Its impressive belt of basalt columns. There is a path you can take and go to the top of the columns or just walk up to them and explore. They are not on the main road but its only a slight detour.


We stayed at the Blue Lagoon clinic hotel. It is a small hotel and you can only make reservations by emailing them. It is a bit pricey but well worth it!!! We paid about 270 euros for a night with breakfast included. There is free wi-fi, parking and the Clinic's private lagoon. They also give you a one-day pass for the Blue Lagoon that is just 1km away from the clinic. The service was perfect and we asked for a northern lights wake up call since there was activity that night! We saw them WE SAW THE NORTHERN LIGHTS!!!! It was not the strongest ones but I still couldn't believe it I was so lucky that the day before leaving I managed to see them! I was the happiest person on earth that night!

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