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Gatklettur Sea Arch

Gatklettur Sea Arch

Gatklettur (Hole-rock) is a sea arch worth seeing under nice conditions. It is an arched rock in the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland on the coastline near the village of Arnarstapi. The beach holds a particular attraction. You will find it has an eroded circular stone arch, called Gatklettur, and three rifts, Hundagja, Midgja and Musagja. The interplay of spectacular crashing waves and the light of the sun on Gatklettur creates a fascinating spectacle, demonstrating how the action of the waves has eroded the coastline in such a distinct way.; and large colonies of the arctic tern also nest in the area.

This sea arch at Arnarstapi is a welcome spot for tourists looking for peaceful tranquility and beautiful scenery, with lovely hiking trails taking advantage of the many great views. The area also has several old and charming houses with interesting stories to them and is furthermore renowned for its beautiful nature. On the afternoon/evening of my particular visit, the weather was unfriendly causing poor visibility and rough shooting conditions, so I could not enjoy the trail and the various views to their fullest, but for the brief time I was there attempting to photograph in the rain, Gatklettur was charming, and worth coming back to under better circumstances.