The Legendary Londrangar Cliffs in Iceland

Londrangar Cliffs

blog authorBy Johanna Sigurðardóttir shield verificationVerified Expert

    The Londrangar Cliffs in Iceland is not just a geological wonder, but one of the spots steeped in local legend and absolute heaven to avid birdwatchers. For those planning a trip to the island, visiting Londrangar is an absolute must.

    In this article, we reveal why this interesting place needs to be on your Iceland bucket list and give you all the information you need to make a stop at this mysterious attraction possible. So, without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about Londrangar.

    Londrangar’s Claim to Fame

    Londrangar is basalt cliffs lining the coastline, with two exceptionally steep “peaks” resembling towers. This is also why Londrangar is often called the ‘rocky castle’. Not only do the 75-meter and 61-meter tall towers leave quite the impression and make one feel like you’ve just stepped into a scene from Lord of the Rings, but the Londrangar viewpoint also offers spectacular views across the ocean and the Icelandic landscape.

    Where is Londrangar in Iceland?

    Londrangar is located in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, known for its incredible beauty in the west of Iceland. It’s also not too far away from the capital city of Reykjavík (just 192 kilometers), and many opt to make it a stop along their road trip since it’s conveniently located along the popular Ring Road route.


    How to Get to Londrangar

    There are a couple of ways to visit Londrangar:

    Via a Tour

    You will find plenty of tour operators who offer Landrongar as a destination on some of their existing tour packages. Then you’ll also find private guides who will happily assist with a customized private tour.

    Via a Self-drive

    According to us, this is the best way to explore Londrangar. Reaching Londrangar from Reykjavík is easy and will take about 2 hours. If you get on the Ring Road, you should head in the direction of Mosfellsbær.

    Then, go through the Hvalfjördur Tunnel in the direction of Borgarnes. At Borgarnes, you need to turn off on Road 54 and keep driving for roughly an hour before turning left in the direction of Arnarstapi. After that it will be just a 10-minute drive before reaching Londrangar.

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    The Legends Surrounding Londrangar

    It is not just Icelander’s extreme respect for their environment that makes them take extra special care of Londrangar and its surroundings. Here in Iceland, we take our belief in local elves and other mythological creatures very seriously.

    The ‘rocky castle’ is said to be home to many of them. And if you know anything about our elves and other mystical beings, they don’t take too kindly to those disrupting their lives or trespassing on and disrespecting their land. So, if you don’t want to face the wrath of our “little locals”, always treat the area with care during your visit.

    What to Expect from Your Visit to Londrangar

    There is quite a lot to see and do in and around Londrangar. These include:

    • Visiting Arnarstapi Village.
    • Going Puffin spotting (the Londrangar Basalt Cliffs are famous for their Puffins during their breeding season, April to September).
    • Checking out the Ytri Tunga Seal Colony.
    • Going bird watching (the cliffs are an absolute bird watcher’s dream, with an array of bird species calling it home).
    • Visiting Bjarnafoss Waterfall.
    • Checking out Raudfeldsgja Gorge.
    • Going on a horseback riding tour to explore Londrangar and its surrounding area.
    • Going on a whale watching tour (between May and September, you’ll also get to see some of our migratory whale species).

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    The Londrangar Basalt Cliffs: A Place of Legends & Mesmerizing Landscapes Not to Be Missed

    It’s clear why Londrangar should definitely be on your next Iceland trip itinerary. And since it’s easy to make it a stop along a Ring Road road trip, we suggest that you rent a campervan in Iceland. That way you would have sorted out both your transport and accommodation and are guaranteed a fun and affordable Iceland adventure. Happy travels, and good luck spotting our Hidden Folk at the ‘rocky castle’ of Londrangar.

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