The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

After staying at Raufarhöfn village for 2 nights in a lovely apartment at Hreiðrið - the Nest Guesthouse - we said our goodbyes, and visited two more places in North-East Iceland before continuing on our journey around Iceland.

We drove south Melrakkaslétta peninsula and headed towards Rauðanes cape. 

Rauðanes cape is located in Þistilfjörður fjord midway between Raufarhöfn village and Þórshöfn village. It is dotted with beautiful and strange rock formations and sea stacks, hidden beaches and big caves.

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

The hike on Rauðanes cape is 7 km long, an easy hike, but 2,5 hour's long, so better put on your hiking boots. And bring some water with you as there is no fresh water on the cape. 

The trail is marked by numbers 1-16. There is a map by the parking lot which shows the names of the places marked on the trail. If you haven´t got a map of Rauðanes cape it is best to take a photo of the map and refer back to it on the hike.

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

Rauðanes means Point Red and it is one of the pearls in Icelandic nature. The rock formations, caves, beautiful basalt and volcanic arches are endless, it is like walking around in a fairyland.

The sea stacks are so different from what I have seen as they are not edged, but kind of oval in shape. The best known sea stacks on Rauðanes cape are located on the north side of the cape.  They are called Stakkar and are a pair of sea stacks, which are very popular photo models. 

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

The sea stack in my photo is called Gatastakkur, a beautiful lava sea stack, which seen from another angle totally changes its form and seems to lean backwards.

There is a lot of puffin in the sea stacks and if you look closely you can see that the rock on my photo below is filled with puffin holes. The bird-life on Rauðanes is rich and one can hear the noisy squeak of the nesting birds all over the cape.

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

In one part of Rauðanes there is a unique formation in the rocks called Gluggur or Peakhole.  It is a huge hole as you can see from my photo below.

The surf has created a cave here, but the roof of the cave must have collapsed leaving only a stone bridge connecting the rims.  It is possible to walk on the stone bridge, but given my fear of heights then I kept my distance.

It is surreal looking at this phenomenon, it really plays tricks on one's eyes and a very good photo opportunity.

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

After a 2,5-hour-hike on this beautiful fairyland cape we returned to the parking lot. The last part of the hike leaves you walking on the road for a while. 

Don't forget to write your name in the guest-book by the parking lot when you return back from your hike :)

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

We now left the cape and made our last stop in North-East Iceland, which was at the Study Centre on Leader-wethers which is a newly opened, very interesting centre on a unique breed of Icelandic sheep, which serve as the leaders of the horde. 

To get to Rauðanes cape turn off road 85 on to a gravel road leading to the farm Vellir.  There is a parking lot ca 1,5 km along this road. 

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

Here you can see the location of Rauðanes on the map. GPS: 66°14'42.0"N 15°42'38.5"W.

I have added both the distance from Reykjavík and from the closest village Raufarhöfn and the Arctic Henge, on which I have added another travel-blog.

The Beautiful Rauðanes Cape in North-East Iceland - Extraordinary Rock Formations

To reach this area of Iceland you can rent a car in Reykjavík.  When you have reached the East-Fjords there are myriad of activities and tours to join.

Also check out: The deserted fjords of East-Iceland,  The Ring-road and the East fjords - 11 Day Self Drive Tour,  4 day Winter Tour in East-Iceland,  East-Iceland Horse Riding Adventure,  East-Iceland Multi Adventure and all the wonderful tours of Travel East-Iceland.

Contact Regína