Rauðfeldsgjá allows access to a hidden stream source and damp green chamber. The gorge extends inside the Rauðfeldsgjá fissure for a ways until it narrows near to where the stream is issuing from. This is the place where Jules Verne got his idea for the novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and was published 1864.
Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge is a natural formation on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula that navigates into Mount Botnsfjall.
You can get into the first part of the canyon rather easily, for those who wish to go further it may take a bit more physical ability. Depending on the season you go , you may want to bring rubber boots and other waterproof gear! The farther you get into the canyon the less room there is for the water and you may find yourself having to trek through the water to continue.
After a few tens of meters, you will probably be stopped by a bigger obstacle. A large rock blocks the passage, the river flows on both sides. A knotted rope was installed to cross the obstacle. Depending on the season, if the waterfall is at full power, it can be a incredibly wet and awakening experience trying to climb it.
According to the old legends around 1.200 years ago Bárður Snæfellsás, a half troll and half human, pushed his nephew Rauðfeldur (Red-cloak) into the rift after the latter pushed Bárður’s daughter Helga to sea on an iceberg. After this Bárður vanished into the Snæfellsjökull glacier never to be seen again alive. Incidently the iceberg drifted all the way to Greenland where Helga found herself a lover. If you are lucky, on your visit you may see Bárður up in the canyon since it is believed that he is still watching over the area to this day.