19 October 2016
At the Volcano Museum in Stykkishólmur, I learned that Iceland has fossils. Specifically, they have a display of bivalve (clam) fossils there, and when I asked where to find them, I was directed to a point further east on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The next day, I set off to find them.
Here was what I saw on a cliff high above me, at the spot nearest to where I thought I was supposed to be looking:
There were some suspicious looking outcrops there…
I climbed up. Here’s the view from on high…
Rotating, I faced the cliff.
In detail, the outcrop object of my quest showed inclined packages of conglomerate:
A few adjacent details:
This was the only outcrop of sedimentary rock I saw anywhere in Iceland. It was too coarse for delicate external molds of clams, but it was cool in its own right on account of its unique status in my experience.
There were also a few boulders showing rotated blocks of the stuff:
And here’s a cobble hosting a decent graded bed: